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BLACKKKLANSMAN Review—Will You Be a Card-Carrying Fan?

Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman is based on the absolutely bonkers but bona fide true tale of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington—yes, Denzel’s son), the first African American detective in the Colorado Springs police force who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in an undercover sting in the 1970s. He even became a card-carrying member of the organization!…

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PAPILLON Review – Charlie Hunnam’s Hiney Steals the Show

PAPILLON Review — A new but not so fresh take on an old classic Taking on the roles of Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) play condemned criminals in the somber, slow-paced period-piece Papillion. (Papillion is the French word for butterfly, which becomes a symbol of…

The Meg Review

THE MEG Review – Getting Too Chummy With This Supersized Shark

  The Meg Review — Somewhere Between Sharknado and Jaws The Meg (which is short for Megalodon) is a wannabe blockbuster for the ages. It’s based on pulp-author Steve Alten’s action adventure novel about Jonas Taylor, a tortured, alcoholic diver and paleontologist who makes a stand against the most dangerous apex predator the world has…


NICO 1988 Review – Doom Cabaret at its Blue Best

NICO 1988 Review — The last two years of the singer’s tumultuous and too short life Nico, 1988 is not an easy movie to like—because Nico (Trine Dyrholm) herself wasn’t all that likable. What’s more, the film focuses on the last two years of the singer’s too-short life, glossing over her cool and glamorous heyday…

Castle Rock Review

Hulu’s CASTLE ROCK Review – Get Caught Dead Watching It

Staci Layne Wilson’s Castle Rock review says the J.J. Abrams-produced Stephen King series on Hulu is off to a smooth and scary start Castle Rock is not a very nice place to live. Or die, for that matter. In the opening moments of this scary new series based on Stephen King’s stories (all of them!),…

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WOMAN WALKS AHEAD Review – Does it Paint an Accurate Picture of an Artist?

In her Woman Walks Ahead review, Staci Layne Wilson asks about artistic license By anyone’s account, Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain) was a badass and deserves her place in America’s Old West history. At a time when women were considered just a notch above chattel, Catherine was a renowned artist, a free spirit and an outspoken…


HEREDITARY Review — The Devil May Care, But Should You?

HEREDITARY Review by Staci Layne Wilson Have you ever wondered: What if Wes Anderson had directed Rosemary’s Baby? If so, I’ve got just the flick for you. If not, then it’s probably best you avoid Hereditary. Hereditary is quirky, strange and slow (Anderson) with just a smidgen of Satanism (Rosemary) which puts it in a precarious…

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DEADPOOL 2 Review – Most Welcome Homicidal Hilarity

DEADPOOL 2 Review by Staci Layne Wilson He’s lewd, crude, and… kinda sweet. Yes, the indestructible superhero Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) is back for sloppy seconds in Part 2 of a franchise that’s as likely to be as long-lived as its namesake. When the first Deadpool movie came out in 2016, it was a revelation and…


TULLY Review – Charlize Theron Plays Against Type & Scores Again

TULLY Review by Staci Layne Wilson Everyone knows Charlize Theron is more than just a fabulous face and a bodacious body—her Oscar for playing a serial killer in Monster proved that years ago—but you may not have thought of her as the go-to gal for comedy. While she did team up with director Jason Reitman…


MARY SHELLEY Review – A Lifeless Look at the Creator of Frankenstein’s Monster

MARY SHELLEY Review by Staci Layne Wilson Mary Shelley was a fearless, lusty and imaginative female by the standards of any era. In 1812 she ran away from home at the age of fifteen to fall into the arms and bed of her married lover – the pair lived in squalor in a London flat but…

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