The Secret Life of Pets 2One of the toughest challenges faced by screenwriters when developing a sequel – especially to a wildly popular animated film – is how to best capture the same spirit and vibe of the original while also taking the story and characters we love to new ...

The Omen: Collection

Five movies and one devil to rule them all!  The Omen Collection is finally available!  Joke all you want to about how Hellish it is to raise a kid, but Producer Harvey Bernhard was clearly on to something rich when he decided to double-down on ...

...

Brightburn (2019)Creative writing courses talk about where that spark of an idea can come from, and how to nurture that possibility into something bigger. One of the catalysts most often encouraged is to pose a question. Writers Brian and Mark Gunn have most definitely asked a question in their creation of Brightburn ...

Ultraman (1966-1967)In the middle of the 1960s, Toho’s special effects maestro, Eiji Tsuburaya, was on quite a roll. As Ultra Q finished, the Tokyo Broadcasting System wanted a new television series with him at the helm. But this time they wanted something in color; something ...

The Hustle (2019)The new comedy starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson called The Hustle is an almost identical remake of the 1988 classic comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels which starred Michael Caine and Steve Martin - itself a remake of Marlon Brando’s Bedtime Story. I say “almost” because  ...

Ultra Q28 episodes. 30 minutes. That’s all it took to change the world . . . or should that change be limited to just the airwaves? Because special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya definitely did that with Ultra Q, the black-and-white television series that gave us the first attempt ...

The Biggest Little Farm (2019)The only thing more difficult than making a feature documentary film may be running a farm. But farmer/filmmaker John Chester does both in his new film, The Biggest Little Farm, a sweet little documentary that chronicles the near-decade-long struggle of he and wife Molly’s plan to leave the city life behind and ...

Nightmare BeachDudes named Diablo don’t ever die.  And you probably shouldn’t fuck around with them either – especially when they, upon the eve of their death sentence being carried out, vow to return . . . to kill everyone who chooses Florida as their ...

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

The King has returned - along with 17 other classic Titans - but, hey, long live the King! Continuing the plot of 2014’s Godzilla and 2017's Kong: Skull Island as far as the Monarch Corporation is concerned, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a creature-centered film that wastes little time in giving ...

Killer Crocodile

It’s Crocsploitation Cinema at its feistiest! The cheese! The chomp! The charm! What is this movie JAWS that you speak of?! And this Steven Spielberg, too? Apparently, the Italians have never heard of him or his pet shark. When it comes to fierce predators of the ...

Avengers: EndgameEleven years ago, I snorted derisively at the audacity of the newly minted Marvel Studios plans. Without a single hit to their name, a grand plan had been hatched: they would release a litany of films, starring their various characters (that they still had the rights to) and combine  ...

Annabelle Comes HomeLucky number seven? Well, just barely. The seventh movie in the ongoing The Conjuring franchise isn’t the best of the series but, hopefully, it will be the final one involving that damn doll. She’s twisted as hell and, as revealed here, is a sort of conduit for all sorts of evil spirits, not just ...

The Curse of La Llorona (2019) - Movie ReviewAn angry woman scorned eerily stalks the world’s rivers and waterways by night wearing a threadbare wedding gown as she looks for children to drown. This is the subject of the age-old Latin American folktale of La Llorona or “The Weeping Woman” that has fueled the  ...

The prey

If all the padded nature shots won't kill you, then maybe the monster in the woods will! If I told you that this slasher was made in just two weeks, you would probably believe me.  Every single detail (and edit for that matter) suggests ...

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood has everything you expect in a Tarantino film; extreme violence, black humor, loving tribute, and plenty of pop culture iconography. It’s all there. We’ve become experts at spotting his stylistic trademarks ...

Gremlins (1983)To this day, Gremlins remains director Joe Dante’s most successful movie. That seems pretty damn incredible when you consider Dante’s inspired body of work. For my tastes, there’s not a dud in the bunch. From Explorers to Small Soldiers, The Burbs and ...

Pokemon Detective PikachuPokémon Detective Pikachu is a cute movie.  I will give this family friendly flick, directed by Rob Letterman, that, but none of its cute and cuddly chumminess makes up for the fact that this movie doesn’t really know what or where it is.  The buddy picture borrows from all sorts of genres but is supremely ...

Beyond EvilIf you are ever offered a place to live in called Casa Fortuna, just say no.  If you don’t, then the wig wearing witch inside it might just swallow your soul and no amount of voodoo chants can reclaim it back from her laser-shooting ...

God's Not Dead: A Light in the DarknessIf you’re watching God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness, chances are you already believe in God. Like its two previous installments, God’s Not Dead 3 comes from family friendly studio Pure Flix and stars David A.R. White as Pastor Dave Hill, who had been introduced in ...

The Vineyard (1989)

Zombies from San Jose!  Oh, snap.  Is Oakland next? James Hong is a Hollywood Legend.  Never heard of him?  Well, you aren’t paying close enough attention to the voices and characters on your television screen.  And, if you ...

Alita: Battle Angel - Movie ReviewThis film has been a revelation for this reviewer. I am always banging on about product coming out of Hollywood being just remakes and sequels these days. I pine and whine about the fact that they just don’t take risks anymore. This film has proved to me I am part of the problem ...

Vampires (1988)Jack Crow is on a mission.  He wants to destroy ALL vampires.  It’s a constant act of revenge.  For him, it must be done.  Without question.  That’s the cost all these bloodsuckers pay for the deaths of his parents.  And Crow, as the leader of a group of ruthless mercenary killers known as Team Crow, takes no prisoners. ...

Pet Sematary2017’s IT adaptation has heralded somewhat of a renaissance of Stephen King based films. The deftly adapted retelling of King’s doorstop novel from the Eighties raked in over 700 million worldwide, so it was no surprise to hear that further re-adaptations were quickly put  ...

Pan's LabyrinthPan’s Labyrinth premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival where it received a 22-minute standing ovation, followed by its North American premiere at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival.  The critically-acclaimed film won multiple awards, including three Academy Awards, three ...

Hellboy As a huge fan of Guillermo Del Toro’s 2004 original adaptation of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, I was disappointed that he didn’t get to round out his trilogy in this universe. But, as with most things that make a buck these days, it was inevitable that someone would take up  ...

The CircusBy now, the majority of movie lovers agree that Charlie Chaplin was ONE of the great geniuses of the silent era.  That wasn’t always the case, though, and it probably took The Circus to get everybody on board his brand of cinema.  At the time that this movie was  ...

Us (2019)Part home invasion thriller, part horror, and part social commentary, the only thing more impressive than the number of genre elements at play in Jordan Peele’s newest film, Us, is the total body count. Well, that and the incredible attention to detail the filmmaker pays to every  ...

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

She’s the horror hostess with the mostess.  Guaranteed.  But who is she? She was in a Bond film.  She dated Elvis.  At the age of 17, she was dancing in a gay bar.  She’s been on the cover of a Tom Waits album.  Hell, she’s sung in rock bands and worked with ...

The Best of Enemies (2019)The new film starring Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson called The Best of Enemies is about finding common ground and learning to overcome our differences. Certainly a noble idea that could serve us all quite well in these divisive and contentious times. It's just too bad the ...

Fright (2019)It’s all over, but the screaming.  Even the British got in on the whole babysitter stalking trend.  Wait.  Back up.  When was this film made?  Oh hell, they helped bring it to the United States.  The proof arrives in Scream Factory’s latest HD offering, Fright, starring Honor Blackman (Bond's ...

Movie Reviews

Our Tweets

 

You are here: Home Home Video
Follow us on Twitter
Like us on Facebook
Google+
Letterboxd
Find us on Rotten Tomatoes