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Movie Review: The Color Rose (2020)

Cinema can have a suffusive effect. Through a particular combination of image and sound, a film can feel as though it is breathing out and enveloping you with its influence. This can be the case with dreamy romances, where you are brought into the (potentially cloying) environment of overpowering love. It can also work for…

Movie Review: Camp Twilight (2020)

Slasher movies have an effective formula. A killer murders victims, evades detection, has a final showdown, gets bested, maybe escapes. It’s an established formula and it has worked for decades. The film may feature absurd situations, narrative conveniences, stupid characters, gratuitous nudity and, of course, gory kills. None of this necessarily makes these films bad….

Movie Review: M.O.M. Mothers of Monsters (2020)

The inter-dependable relationship between mothers and their sons has been explored throughout horror for decades. From Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” the 1960 landmark film which left an indelible mark on cinema forever, right up to the recent “Daniel Isn’t Real” which sought to explore the link between mother and son and more specifically, mental illness, it’s…

Movie Review: Knives and Skin (2019)

Carolyn Harper (Raven Whitley, “Hala”) is missing. Just who she is and what happened to her quickly makes way for the impact her disappearance has upon the surrounding community, in particular to a group of soul-searching teenage girls. Joanna (Grace Smith, “Dorm Therapy” TV series) and her friends — Laurel (Kayla Carter, “I Hate LA”…

Movie Review: The Shed (2019)

Feeling all horrored-out after your Halloween movie marathon? Don’t hang up your crucifix yet — The Shed is a bite of gory fun to keep the party bleeding. An arresting opening sequence sees a man named Bane (Frank Whaley, “Hustlers”) desperately running from a vampire. Spoiler alert: He’s caught, he’s bitten, and he stumbles —…

Movie Review: Booksmart (2019)

To describe Booksmart as “Superbad” with girls is to be reductive and overly simplistic. Nonetheless, it is a not inaccurate description of Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, due to its winning combination of coming of age trials and tribulations, the strains upon teenage friendship and profane humor. However, these elements are combined in such a way…

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