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Miss Bala [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

February 4, 2019 | By | Reply More
Miss Bala [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

Clearly, enlisting the vivacious actress Gina Rodriguez as an exotic, harried heroine out to kick some Mexican baddie tail in the action and adventure cross-border crime caper ‘Miss Bala‘ was a no-brainer. Gorgeous, gung-ho and gamey, Rodriguez seems like the perfect choice to entice both genders to the box office as they witness her badass beauty self […]

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Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

February 3, 2019 | By | Reply More
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

One of the familiar clichés that have always been identified in mainstream horror cinema is that ‘the black guy or gal is always the first to get killed or tormented‘. Well, for once the black targets in the revealing and refreshingly insightful documentary ‘Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror’ earns their staying power with a […]

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Wandering Earth: Liu Cixin inspires China’s first major scifi movie.

February 2, 2019 | By | Reply More
Wandering Earth: Liu Cixin inspires China’s first major scifi movie.

Chinese science fiction author Liu Cixin’s work (a short story) has – Arthur C. Clarke-style – booted up China’s first native major big budget science fiction movie, Wandering Earth, set in an ecologically ravaged future Earth where it’s easier to live in space than on the surface … and that’s before Jupiter and Earth are […]

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Hobbs & Shaw (action movie trailer).

February 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
Hobbs & Shaw (action movie trailer).

The Fast & Furious franchise gets its first spin-off as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their F&F roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in Hobbs & Shaw. Ever since Hobbs (Johnson), an agent of the US Diplomatic Security Service, and Shaw (Statham), a former MI6 operative, first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, […]

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In Like Flynn (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

February 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
In Like Flynn (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Based on an autobiography by actor Errol Flynn (‘Captain Blood’, ‘The Sea Hawk’, ‘The Dawn Patrol’), ‘In Like Flynn’ tells the story of an adventure shared by Flynn and three friends, searching for gold. The four have varying views of what their worldviews should be. The pacing is uneven, but the film still has some […]

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Escape Room (2019) (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

January 31, 2019 | By | Reply More
Escape Room (2019) (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

The formulaic frightener ‘Escape Room’ is certainly not worth entering for its cheap, collapsed creepiness. This half-baked horror sideshow will make its audience feel trapped inside this low-budget toothless thriller that is about as riveting as its generic movie title.  This is a by-the-numbers banal boofest that is short on imagination but long on cutthroat contrivances. Whatever […]

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The Final Wish (2019) (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

January 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Final Wish (2019) (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

‘The Final Wish’ is strangely contemplative in its attempt to shine an eerie light on the mysteries of death and estrangement. Director Timothy Woodward Jr. (‘Silencer’, ‘Hickok’) delivers a familiar frightfest theme but oddly its presentation is ambitious enough to overlook the occasional stand-by terror-ridden tropes. Indeed, Woodward’s gory gem is more of the psychological […]

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Widows (2018) (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

January 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
Widows (2018) (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen (’12 Years a Slave’) commits a notable heist of his own that has nothing to do with his capable feminine felons’ gutsy gumptions in the gritty urban crime caper ‘Widows’. McQueen’s big score is assembling an all-star cast in this ultra-slick theft thriller, a casting heist of a different hue worth […]

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The Golem (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

January 29, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Golem (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

‘The Golem’ is one of the rare horror films built around that folkloric creature, the golem. As with most golem tales, the golem is an animated statue used for defence. But in this film the golem plot is upstaged by the view of life in 1673 in an Eastern European shtetl (ie a small Jewish […]

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Birds of Prey (trailer).

January 28, 2019 | By | Reply More
Birds of Prey (trailer).

Here’s the teaser trailer for DC’s Birds of Prey movie, where, after splitting up with The Joker, Harley Quinn and three other female superheroes – Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya – band-up to save the life of a little girl (Cassandra Cain) from a wicked mob lord. 

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