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‘The Crazies’ (2010): A Small Town Hell

Directed by: Breck Eisner || Produced by: Michael Aguilar, Dean Georgaris, Rob Cowan Screenplay by: Scott Kosar, Ray Wright || Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker Music by: Mark Isham || Cinematography: Maxime Alexandre || Edited by: Billy Fox || Country: United States || Language: English Running Time: 101 minutes One of … Continue reading

How the Other Half Lives… ‘Hustlers’ (2019) & ‘Promising Young Woman’ (2020)

Directed by: Lorene Scafaria [1], Emerald Fennell [2] || Produced by: Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Jennifer Lopez, Benny Medina [1], Margot Robbie, Josey McNamara, Tom Ackerley, Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Emerald Fennell [2] Screenplay by: Lorene Scafaria [1], Emerald Fennell [2] || Starring: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, … Continue reading

‘Army of the Dead’ (2021): Zack Snyder Unleashed

Directed by: Zack Snyder || Produced by: Deborah Snyder, Wesley Coller, Zack Snyder Screenplay by: Zack Snyder, Shay Hatten, Joby Harold || Starring: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo, Huma Qureshi, Garret Dillahunt Music by: Tom Holkenborg || Cinematography: … Continue reading

Brad Anderson’s ‘Session 9’ (2001), ‘The Machinist’ (2004), & ‘Fractured’ (2019): When Your Mind is Not Your Own

Directed by: Brad Anderson || Produced by: John Sloss, Dorothy Aufiero, David Collins, Michael Williams [1], Carlos Fernández [2], Neal Edelstein, Mike Macari, Paul Schiff [3] Screenplay by: Brad Anderson, Stephen Gevedon [1], Scott Kosar [2], Alan B. McElroy [3] || Starring: David Caruso, Peter Mullan, Stephen Gevedon, Paul Guilfoyle, Josh Lucas, Brendan Sexton III … Continue reading

‘The Devil All the Time’ (2020): Different Media Require Different Storytellers

Directed by: Antonio Campos || Produced by: Jake Gyllenhaal, Riva Marker, Randall Poster, Max Born Screenplay by: Antonio Campos, Paulo Campos || Starring: Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgård, Riley Keough, Jason Clarke, Sebastian Stan, Haley Bennett, Eliza Scanlen, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson Music by: Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans || Cinematography: Lol Crawley || Edited by: Sofía … Continue reading

‘I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House’ (2016)… and This is a Review of Another Slow Horror Movie

Directed by: Osgood Perkins || Produced by: Rob Paris, Robert Menzies Screenplay by: Osgood Perkins || Starring: Ruth Wilson, Bob Balaban, Lucy Boynton, Paula Prentiss Music by: Elvis Perkins || Cinematography: Julie Kirkwood || Edited by: Brian Ufberg || Country: Canada, United States || Language: English Running Time: 87 minutes I’ve reviewed or commented upon … Continue reading

‘Mosul’ (2019): An Iraq War Drama (almost) Free of Westerners

Directed by: Matthew Michael Carnahan || Produced by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Jeremy Steckler, Mike Larocca Screenplay by: Matthew Michael Carnahan || Starring: Suhail Dabbach, Waleed Elgadi, Adam Bessa, Mohimen Mahbuba, Is’haq Elias, Ben Affran Music by: Henry Jackman || Cinematography: Mauro Fiore || Editing by: Alex Rodriguez || Country: United States || Language: Arabic … Continue reading

‘The Old Guard’ (2020): A Talky Melodrama with Guns

Directed by: Gina Prince-Bythewood || Produced by: David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Charlize Theron, AJ Dix, Beth Kono, Marc Evans Screenplay by: Greg Rucka || Starring: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Harry Melling, Van Veronica Ngo, Matthias Schoenaerts, Chiwetel Ejiofor Music by: Volker Bertelmann, Dustin O’Halloran || Cinematography: Tami Reiker, Barry … Continue reading

‘Polar’ (2019): A Lowbrow “John Wick”

Directed by: Jonas Akerlund || Produced by: Robert Kulzer, Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, Jeremy Bolt, Hartley Gorenstein Screenplay by: Jayson Rothwell || Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick, Matt Lucas Music by: Deadmau5 || Cinematography: Pär M. Ekberg || Edited by: Doobie White || Country: United States || Language: English Running Time: 119 minutes … Continue reading

‘Extraction’ (2020): Netflix Takes Advantage of Hollywood’s Hiatus

Directed by: Sam Hargrave || Produced by: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Mike Larocca, Chris Hemsworth, Eric Gitter, Peter Schwern Screenplay by: Joe Russo || Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Randeep Hooda, Golshifteh Farahani, Pankaj Tripathi, David Harbour Music by: Henry Jackman, Alex Belcher || Cinematography: Newton Thomas Sigel || Edited by: Peter B. Ellis, Ruthie … Continue reading