[Review] ‘ONWARD’ Soars Upward

[Review] ‘ONWARD’ Soars Upward

ONWARD is a surprisingly authentic emotional journey, considering our avatars are elves and the setting is a fantasy land.

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[Interview] Director William Brent Bell melds malevolence with mythos in ‘BRAHMS: THE BOY II’

[Interview] Director William Brent Bell melds malevolence with mythos in ‘BRAHMS: THE BOY II’

The affable director chats with us about what it was like to return to Brahms’ world – and if he finally owns his own murder doll.

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[Review]  ‘THE PHARMACIST’ a compelling docuseries about the new war on drugs from an unlikely hero

[Review] ‘THE PHARMACIST’ a compelling docuseries about the new war on drugs from an unlikely hero

The Netflix docuseries THE PHARMACIST is tailored like an opened can of Pringles. Once you start, you can’t stop.

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[Interview] Cinematographer commits to seat-of-your pants filming of ‘JOJO RABBIT’

[Interview] Cinematographer commits to seat-of-your pants filming of ‘JOJO RABBIT’

‘JOJO RABBIT’ is now available to own on disc. Cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr. speaks about making the film.

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[Review] ‘THE ASSISTANT’ finds relevance by being unfortunately timely

[Review] ‘THE ASSISTANT’ finds relevance by being unfortunately timely

The tedium of working in an office creates a pressure cooker of emotions that are often surrounded by grey painted walls, peripheral noises of phones ringing and passive-aggressive chatter from colleagues. The bulk of Kitty Green’s (CASTING JONBENET) THE ASSISTANT is spent observing a culture complicit on protecting an abusive boss of an independent film studio from coming under fire for an unknown claim. It’s easy now in the #MeToo era to see how this chilly atmosphere only breeds toxicity, THE ASSISTANT is the release valve that workplace harassment needs.

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Love sucks: ‘MY VALENTINE’ director uses new-age tricks to bring holiday ‘into the dark’

Love sucks: ‘MY VALENTINE’ director uses new-age tricks to bring holiday ‘into the dark’

Writer-director Maggie Levin enters ‘INTO THE DARK’ this month with her feature film debut, ‘MY VALENTINE.’ Now available to stream on Hulu ahead of Valentine’s Day.

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[Interview] Cinematographer Michael Fimognari makes a smashing directorial debut with ‘TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU’

[Interview] Cinematographer Michael Fimognari makes a smashing directorial debut with ‘TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU’

Michael Fimognari makes a successful transition from DP to director with Netflix’s TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU.

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Celebrate Cupid with some horror: ‘MY BLOODY VALENTINE’ and ‘FIRST LOVE’ mix young love with gore

Celebrate Cupid with some horror: ‘MY BLOODY VALENTINE’ and ‘FIRST LOVE’ mix young love with gore

Slasher flicks and holidays go together like sharp objects and sexually active teens. And it just so happens to be Valentine’s Day on Friday, which is an opportune time to cuddle up on the couch with a sweetheart and watch movies where bloody chases ensue and twisted love stories unfold.

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[Fresh on Blu-ray] ‘BLACK ANGEL’ and ‘MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN’ offer film noir aficionados something seasoned and fresh

[Fresh on Blu-ray] ‘BLACK ANGEL’ and ‘MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN’ offer film noir aficionados something seasoned and fresh

Latest Blu-ray releases take it back to a classic film feel: 1946’s ‘BLACK ANGEL’ and last year’s ‘MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN.’

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[Blu-ray Review] Mill Creek Ent. packs a double-feature of Joaquin Phoenix with ‘RESERVATION ROAD and ‘RETURN TO PARADISE’

[Blu-ray Review] Mill Creek Ent. packs a double-feature of Joaquin Phoenix with ‘RESERVATION ROAD and ‘RETURN TO PARADISE’

James Clay // Film Critic Joaquin Phoenix has been everywhere the past few months after the seemingly ubiquitous film JOKER was released. Whether you praise or heckle his strange turn in clown makeup, the actor has been disappearing in a handful of roles that become a bit crowded when you...

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[Fresh on 4K] ‘DOCTOR SLEEP’ will wake up your home theater system for the better

[Fresh on 4K] ‘DOCTOR SLEEP’ will wake up your home theater system for the better

While DOCTOR SLEEP failed to resonate with mainstream audiences in the box office, those who enjoyed the film will likely be excited to take one last visit to the Overlook Hotel in glorious 4K UHD resolution.

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[Review] A family-friendly holocaust film? ‘WAITING FOR ANYA’ tells tender story for all ages

[Review] A family-friendly holocaust film? ‘WAITING FOR ANYA’ tells tender story for all ages

Based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, ‘WAITING FOR ANYA’ tells a familiar but heartwarming tale about a French community coming together to save Jewish lives.

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[Fresh on Blu-ray] ‘PARASITE’, ‘HARRIET’ and ‘TERMINATOR: DARK FATE’ offer up a scattershot of cinematic thrills and sneers

[Fresh on Blu-ray] ‘PARASITE’, ‘HARRIET’ and ‘TERMINATOR: DARK FATE’ offer up a scattershot of cinematic thrills and sneers

Trying to find a common thread for this week’s crop of Blu-ray releases is a bit challenging. The three titles covered here can scratch the cinematic itch a wide variety of audiences are craving. One is craving the glory of yesteryear by retreading the past, the other is a run of the mill biopic that dipped its toes in the Oscar pool, and the shining beacon here is a crossover hit from South Korea that is unlike anything American audiences have experienced.

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[Review] ‘COME TO DADDY’ has Elijah Wood dripping in gleeful cruelty

[Review] ‘COME TO DADDY’ has Elijah Wood dripping in gleeful cruelty

‘COME TO DADDY’ explores a form of our reality with a sharpened sense of humor and vulnerability from its star Elijah Wood. It allows the twist and turns along to way to puncture the senses without fully diving into the deep end.

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[Review]: ‘BIRDS OF PREY’ has wings, takes flight

[Review]: ‘BIRDS OF PREY’ has wings, takes flight

Despite Harley Quinn’s not-so-hot cinematic beginning, she rises like a phoenix in director Cathy Yan’s BIRDS OF PREY.

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[Fantastic Fest review] ‘THE LODGE’ books spooks and intrigue for dread-filled stay

[Fantastic Fest review] ‘THE LODGE’ books spooks and intrigue for dread-filled stay

Preston Barta // Features Editor THE LODGE Rated R, 108 minutes.Director: Severin Fiala and Veronika FranzCast: Riley Keough, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh, Richard Armitage and Alicia Silverstone AUSTIN – Since Robert Eggers’ premiere of his directorial debut, The Witch, at the Sundance Film Festival back in 2015, there has been a...

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