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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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The Umbrella Academy (another trailer).

January 24, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Umbrella Academy (another trailer).

When it rains, it pours, here’s a new longer trailer for Netflix’s Umbrella Academy TV series based on the comic-book of the same name. This one delves into our favourite dysfunctional super-powered family of grown-up orphans who only have week to save the world from a terrible apocalypse one of them glimpsed while out a-time travelling. […]

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J.J. Abrams Interviews edited by Brett Durham (book review).

January 24, 2019 | By | Reply More
J.J. Abrams Interviews edited by Brett Durham (book review).

OK, take a deep breath. The ‘J.J. Abrams Interviews’ book edited by Brett Durham has 30 interviews with the producer/director/writer. Jeffrey Jacob Abrams was born into the Hollywood system as both his parents and grandparents were also part of it. From the opening interviews, he reveals his grandparents were the bigger influence and his grandfather, […]

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Occupation (2018) (Blu-ray film review).

January 21, 2019 | By | Reply More
Occupation (2018) (Blu-ray film review).

An Australian production, ‘Occupation’ is an SF film of the survivors of an alien invasion of Earth. The humans lost by the way. The first quarter of an hour shows a slice of Australian life and the potential survivors and then it starts. Alien air-based and landed-military force, taking everything in its path. We follow […]

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Pokemon Detective Pikachu (trailer: live action Pokemon film).

January 21, 2019 | By | Reply More
Pokemon Detective Pikachu (trailer: live action Pokemon film).

Here’s the trailer for the live action Pokemon Detective Pikachu movie. The movie stars Ryan Reynolds as the voice of SFX’d Detective Pikachu (I can’t believe I’m writing this). In the Pokémon universe, Tim Goodman (actor Justice Smith) is a failed Pokémon Trainer and the son of detective Harry Goodman. When Tim’s pops disappears in […]

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Covadonga (2017) (horror movie review).

January 17, 2019 | By | Reply More
Covadonga (2017) (horror movie review).

I both love and hate films like this. There is so much to like about ‘Covadonga’ that normally I would be raving about it but there’s just one little thorn that’s pricked me. Before delving deeper let’s set the context. ‘Covadonga’ is billed as ‘an Irish Gothic folk horror freakout’ according to the material accompanying […]

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