Important but Flawed
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The true story of Lakshmibai, the historic Queen of Jhansi who fiercely led her army against the British East India Company in the infamous mutiny of 1857

The Story of ‘The Warrior Queen of Jhansi’ Needs to Be Told…by Someone Else
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'The Report' is an interesting, if somewhat impersonal investigative drama about the CIA's post-9/11 torture program, starring Adam Driver.

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Shed Sandwich
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The story of a teenager who happens upon a monster living in the shed in his backyard, 'The Shed' plays with some interesting ideas, yet comes up short.

‘Shed’ Sandwich
Mondo Korea
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Watching 'Woman Chasing the Butterfly of Death' unfold on Blu-ray is as close as I've gotten to true insanity in a long while, but it's not like the director just…

Psychotic ‘Woman Chasing the Butterfly of Death’ on Blu-ray
Vampire 'Bliss'
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What's appealing about 'Bliss' is the ride on which Begos takes the viewer, strapping them into the same hellbent train as the protagonist, parceling out the inevitable reveal in a…

New Blu is Vampire ‘Bliss’
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‘Villains’ Can’t Quite Settle on a Tone or Genre

by Warren Cantrell September 17, 2019 Podcasts

[Rating: Swiss Fist] In trying to bridge the gap between twee and horror, writers/directors Dan Berk and Robert Olsen have made a movie that is neither and struggles to find an identity as a result. The story of a pair of young outlaws on the run who happen upon a set of actual, real-deal criminals, […]

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‘One Cut of the Dead’ is Pure, Uncut Joy

Thumbnail image for ‘One Cut of the Dead’ is Pure, Uncut Joy by Nick Spacek September 16, 2019 Print Reviews

The sheer audacity of crafting a zombie film wherein the camera never stops rolling is impressive.

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Grifters in High Heels Shine in ‘Hustlers’

Thumbnail image for Grifters in High Heels Shine in ‘Hustlers’ by KB Burke September 13, 2019 Print Reviews

This crime drama, based on a New York magazine article, follows a group of strippers who con and drug rich men, who visit their club.

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‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’ Raises the Roof

Thumbnail image for ‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’ Raises the Roof by Christian Ramos September 13, 2019 Print Reviews

‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’ explores one of the most important Broadway shows in history, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ through its conception to its historic run on the Great White Way that brought with it a change to musical theater forever.

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Fessenden’s indie ‘Depraved’ a Modern Spin on Classic Tale

Thumbnail image for Fessenden’s indie ‘Depraved’ a Modern Spin on Classic Tale by Nick Spacek September 13, 2019 Print Reviews

Larry Fessenden’s ‘Depraved’ has its flaws, but the ways in which it succeeds are so marvelous and inventive, it’s worth looking past them to see a movie which manages to be fresh while treading very, very familiar ground.

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Great Performances, Timely Material Bring ‘Official Secrets’ Out of the Shadows

Thumbnail image for Great Performances, Timely Material Bring ‘Official Secrets’ Out of the Shadows by Warren Cantrell September 10, 2019 Print Reviews

‘Official Secrets,’ a true story about a government whistleblower during the run-up to the 2003 Iraq War, is interesting if sometimes unfocused.

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Say What You Will, Gory ‘Clownado’ Doesn’t Pander

Thumbnail image for Say What You Will, Gory ‘Clownado’ Doesn’t Pander by Nick Spacek September 9, 2019 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews

Sheets’ gorefest doesn’t wink to its audience, which is a major plus for ‘Clownado.’ While its audience might be small, those who want to see the film won’t be disappointed. Other more casual fans might find it wanting.

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‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ Uses Magical Realism With Mixed Results

Thumbnail image for ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ Uses Magical Realism With Mixed Results by Jonah Desneux September 6, 2019 Print Reviews

Director Issa Lopez’s dark fairy tale takes a look at the life of a group of young children trying to survive in Mexico city run by the cartel. Part fantasy, part drama, part realism, ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ is a viewing experience that will stick with audiences long after the ending credits roll.

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‘The Nightingale’ A Brutal Film Featuring The Summer’s Best Performances

Thumbnail image for ‘The Nightingale’ A Brutal Film Featuring The Summer’s Best Performances by Jonah Desneux August 31, 2019 Print Reviews

Jennifer Kent successfully follows up ‘The Babadook’ with a historical revenge story. The mature subject of the film matter make the viewing not suitable for everyone. The performances however are the best of the summer and should be seen by anyone who isn’t shy to violence on film.

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Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are To See ‘Ready or Not’

Thumbnail image for Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are To See ‘Ready or Not’ by Jonah Desneux August 23, 2019 Print Reviews

‘Ready or Not’ takes you favorite childhood game and turns it into a nightmare. Samara Weaving excels at playing an unlucky bride who tries to survive her wedding night gone to hell. The film is silly yet scary enough to impress both comedy and horror fans alike.

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‘Hot Air’ Is Chock-Full of…Well, Hot Air

by Warren Cantrell August 22, 2019 Print Reviews

[Rating: Swiss Fist] A good-natured attempt to humanize a very real monstrosity running rampant through the current hell-scape that is this cursed year of 2019, Hot Air doesn’t stumble so much as it breaks both legs and suffers a heart attack right out of the starting gate. Positioned as a biting satire of conservative opinion-making, […]

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True Journalism in ‘Mike Wallace is Here’

Thumbnail image for True Journalism in ‘Mike Wallace is Here’ by Christian Ramos August 19, 2019 Print Reviews

[Rating: Solid Rock Fist Up] In this day and age of modern television media, there’s a fine balance between fact and “fake news” journalist and opinionator. This is no longer the days when the hard questions were asked and the interviewee had a moment to sit and think about it all. Today, we live in such a cutthroat world […]

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The Unique Charm of Schlockfest ‘The VelociPastor’

Thumbnail image for The Unique Charm of Schlockfest ‘The VelociPastor’ by Nick Spacek August 14, 2019 Print Reviews

There’s a great need for the occasional bright-eyed, positive-message bit of trash cinema that is ‘The VelociPastor.’

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‘The VelociPastor’ Bites

Thumbnail image for ‘The VelociPastor’ Bites by Warren Cantrell August 14, 2019 Print Reviews

‘The VelociPastor’ is all cheap thrills without the fun: proof that life doesn’t always “find a way.”

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Committing To Brutality: Aisling Franciosi’s Thoughts On ‘The Nightingale’

Thumbnail image for Committing To Brutality: Aisling Franciosi’s Thoughts On ‘The Nightingale’ by Jonah Desneux August 12, 2019 Blogs

‘The Nightingale’ has hit theaters and sparked much discussion due to its graphic nature. I spoke with the film’s lead actress Aisling Franciosi to find out what it was like playing such an intense character and what she deems the importance of the film.

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