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Truth or Dare, Review: How Dare you deny the Truth!

Truth or Dare, Review: How Dare you deny the Truth! When you begin with a premise that you horror film need not give rational, or at least credible, explanations, you are free to employ any suitable elements that scare and shock the audience. Truth or Dare uses come of these props effectively, but the sheer predictability of the sequence of deaths makes it less worthwhile. Yes, the lead-ups to the grotesque ‘murders’ are imaginatively devised, not so the preceding contortions and...

R. Lee Ermey: Off to the last frontier

R. Lee Ermey: Off to the last frontier Ronald Lee Ermey, Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, passed away on 15 April aged 74. Listed as R. Lee Emery in his film and TV appearances, his pet name was Gunny. Gunny’s roar, "What is your major malfunction, numbnut?"remains an iconic line, 30 years later. The performance made him a Globe Best Supporting Actor nominee, and Boston Society of Film Critics Award Winner, for Best Supporting Actor. B...

Midnight Sun, Review: XPeriencing XP from Windows

Midnight Sun, Review: XPeriencing XP from Windows It’s not about Norway or the North Pole, where the sun shines at midnight. Rather, it is about a girl who suffers from a disease in which exposure to the sun, even for a few seconds, can prove fatal. Midnight Sun comes from a lineage that is populated by names like Anand, Love Story, Ankhiyon Ke Jharaokhon Se, Kaash and Paa. Then, there were toned down variants like Meri Surat Teri Aankhen, Dosti, Children of a Lesser God, Koshish, Taare...

A Quiet Place, Review: Silence is Golden

A Quiet Place, Review: Silence is Golden In 2017, the world undergoes lockdown as blind monsters search for victims by sound. The few survivors of an unknown attack in New York appear as the Abbott family, who are visiting a supermarket, while maintaining total silence. The family is mourning the death of Beau, a victim to the monsters a year earlier. Back home, following several prior encounters, the monsters become aware of the family’s presence while Lee Abbott develops a sound-proo...

The Strangers--Prey at Night, Review: “Why kill strangers?” “Why not?”

The Strangers--Prey at Night, Review: “Why kill strangers?” “Why not?” They last preyed on innocents in 2008. Since then, families must have been praying that they do not return. No such luck. A sequel was taking shape since 2012, and Prey at Night saw light of day in 2018. Writer-director of the original, Bryan Bertino is only a co-writer this time round, the three murderers are the same, and so is the quest for Tamara. The rest is new. Is unmotivated mayhem and psych...

Red Sparrow review Misguided Missile in a Pseudo Cold War.

Misguided Missile in a Pseudo Cold War. Red Sparrow (Vörös Veréb) was Viewed on commercial release in Budapest in English with Hungarian Subtitle Jennifer Lawrence wears bangs in Cold War Sex Thumper as ex-Ballet diva boffing away for the NKVD... but the cluttered script and lumbering direction sabotage Jennifer's    valiant efforts to keep this shipwreck afloat   First let me say that two thin...

Gringo, Review: Enough of Judas! What about Peter?

Gringo, Review: Enough of Judas! What about Peter? “Which is the best Beatles album?” asks the man with the gun. If your answer is ‘Sergeant Pepper and the Lonely Hearts’ Club’, you die. If you do not like the Beatles or have outgrown them, he will still kill you. Your only hope is...‘Let It Be’! Get it right and he might either let you off, or just settle for chopping your finger off. That is Gringo, a slightly confused and wayward take on an Americ...

CREEPY TRAILER RELEASED FOR NEW THRILLER "THE SAMARITANS"

NO GOOD DEAD GOES UNPUNISHED WITH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR “THE SAMARITANS”  A chilling first look at the highly anticipated new thriller film.       The official trailer for the new award winning thriller film, “The Samaritans” is released today.    The trailer reveals the harrowing world of The Samaritans. A group of four co-workers are summoned to collaborate on what may be their final ...

Red Sparrow, Review: Spread-eagled

Red Sparrow, Review: Spread-eagled Think of an American film that is 158 minutes long--probably 150 minutes in a country like India, which has a reasonably strict censorship regime—and then read the following lines, found on the 20th Century Fox website, “As for the filming of the scenes and working with her Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence, she (Jennifer Lawrence) added: We talked about it extensively, which was really important for showing up on the day and there being no ...

The Valley, Review: A suicide, a steep cliff, the sea and a gun

The Valley, Review: A suicide, a steep cliff, the sea and a gun Silicon it is. And IT. The Valley story is told from the perspective of an Indian family. It is placed in the present, or the not too distant past. The Valley follows the slice of life, realistic style of narration and strikes a chord frequently. In English, it features Indian, Pakistani and American actors, with only one easily identifiable name that Indians will relate too. Yet, it is recommended viewing. The film retraces eve...

Black Panther, Review: Pantherium Vibranium Compendium

Black Panther, Review: Pantherium Vibranium Compendium You first heard the name in 2010’s Iron Man 2. It was mentioned in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, but Wakanda became an entity to reckon with in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, with Chadwick Boseman making his debut as Black Panther. So, do not confuse this outing with The Black Panther (1921) or The Black Panther (1977). On hand is no less than the eighteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). And hey, it ...

The Shape of Water, Review: Half full, half empty

The Shape of Water, Review: Half full, half empty It’s co-written and directed Guillermo del Toro. And here is an excerpt of the synopsis: In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment. Sounds interesting? Yes. Premise can work on its own? As a sci-fi thriller, yes, but as an allegory and metaphor-packed Guillermo d...

Hostiles, review: It’s Cowboys v/s Red Indians again; think again, and again

Hostiles, review: It’s Cowboys v/s Red Indians again; think again, and again They have made hundreds of films on the Wild West, about cowboys and Red Indians, settlers from Europe and red-skinned native inhabitants of a continent that Christopher Columbus has mistakenly thought was the one he had sailed out to discover--India. He arrived in 1492, and settlements started taking shape a few decades later. The United States Bill of Rights was passed in 1791, and Hostiles is set in 1892, a ...

PREVIEW, Hostiles: Review will follow

PREVIEW, Hostiles: Review will follow In his contribution to Studies in Classic American Literature, 1922-23, the British novelist D. H. Lawrence David Herbert Richards Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930) offered a grim assessment of America and Americans: “All the other stuff, the love, the democracy, the floundering into lust, is a sort of by-play. The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted.” Lawrence's observatio...

Premiere Entertainment Group (PEG) announces partnership with Movie On Pictures

Premiere Entertainment Group (PEG), a Los Angeles-based sales, production and financing company, has announced a four-film partnership with Movie On Pictures. Movie On Pictures will produce the features with Premiere Entertainment handling worldwide sales. SIX CHILDREN AND ONE GRANDFATHER is a family comedy in which a wealthy socialite inherits six grandchildren which turn his life upside down. Starring John Savage, Burt Young, Blanca Blanco, and Bret Roberts. Directed by Yann Thomas and writ...

Den of Thieves, review: Thieving Merrimen and a cop called Nick

Den of Thieves, review: Thieving Merrimen and a cop called Nick There is little Gerard Butler does here that he has not done before, more than once. The bulgy steely eyes, the scowl, the contorted mouth speech (is there something Scottish about it?), the man on the brink... As producer, he could have either picked a better script, or, as actor, moulded himself better. He decides to remain he. Den of Thieves is as much about thievery as the Afghanistan war is about a flying carpet. Our brand ...

Black Panther: World Premiere Video Capture

  The World Premiere with cast, filmmakers and special guests tool place this Monday, January 29th at  The Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, CA     WORLD PREMIERE    #BlackPanther   In Theaters February 16, 2018       ...

Winchester The Spierig Brothers (Jigsaw, Predestination): Watch the trailer now

       Inspired by true events. On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. Built by Sarah Winchester, (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren) heiress to the Winchester fortune, it is a house that knows no end. Constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week mania for decades, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms. To the ...

Pacific Rim Uprising: Watch the trailer

Release: 03/23/2018   The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising. John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake...

Breaking In by James McTeigue: Watch the trailer

  Next Mother’s Day, Gabrielle Union stars as a woman who will stop at nothing to rescue her two children being held hostage in a house designed with impenetrable security. No trap, no trick and especially no man inside can match a mother with a mission when she is determined on Breaking In. Producers Will Packer (No Good Deed, Obsessed) and Union (Almost Christmas, Being Mary Jane) reunite for this original thriller directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Sense8). Written b...

12 Strong, review: Lucky by the Dozen

12 Strong, review: Lucky by the Dozen You are about to watch the declassified true story of the first American soldiers sent into Afghanistan after 9/11. They were called the Army Green Berets Operational Detachment Alpha 595 (ODA 595) and consisted of just twelve. On the battleground in Afghanistan, they were outnumbered 40 to 1. But they won their battle, and all of them returned, largely unscarred. Now that is what I would call being lucky. They were heroes, nevertheless, but since the ope...

Paddington 2, review: Bear maximum

Paddington 2, review: Bear maximum Imagine a London where bears are accepted as persons and move about freely; a London where Aunt Lucy and her nephew Paddington board a bus and buy tickets for “One-and-a-half bears.” Imagine a bear named Paddington, so called because his adoptive human family find him at Paddington railway station. And imagine a bear that has the highest moral standards and sets the benchmark for ethics and courtesy, not only among regular humans, but even jailbi...

Downsizing, review: Mini We

Downsizing, review: Mini We Once in a while, a movie comes along that renews our faith in creative writing and the ability of cinema to rise above its own decadence. Maybe it took a dozen ‘shrink’, ‘little’ and ‘antman’ films, from 1957 to 2015, to inspire the writers of Downsizing, the title itself a pun, but the resulting effort has a fresh new feel about it. After setting up a very interesting premise and some smooth as silk spellbinding VFX, the film th...

Insidious 4-The Last Key, review: Spectral Sightings by Psychic and her side-kicks

Insidious 4-The Last Key, review: Spectral Sightings by Psychic and her side-kicks Was a time when unfriendly ghosts used to have a motive for their haunting, and usually, it was revenge. Then, they began to exist for existence’s sake, in an alternate world, or the beyond, paranormal realm, crossing over accidentally into mother earth. Over time, they have inherited one most condemnable human trait--sadism. Once we stipulate that ghosts can exist solely with the motive of torturing hum...
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