“Wonder” Fall in Love with Auggie

Touching and inspirational, the movie Wonder opens the eyes of its audience to the medical anomaly of Treacher Collins syndrome. It’s a gene glitch that causes a facial difference that happens in one of 50,000 people*. Based on a book by R. J. Palacio, the film handles the material in the novel in such a way that one cannot help but fall in love with a boy with TCS named Auggie Pullman. The movie becomes an inspiration to all children and a force behind anti-bulling. Read more

“Destined” It’s About Choices

Using a novel approach to his film, Oasim Basir takes Destined to another level as he lays out his story by showing the life of one man and picturing him taking two different paths. I like what he has put together here as it’s not only entertaining, but thought provoking. One of the biggest things a moviegoer can take away from a movie is a challenge, and Destined certainly lays out many of them. Read more

“Murder on the Orient Express” a Nifty Thriller

Murder mysteries are far and few between this year so Murder on the Orient Express should get a lot of attention at theaters this weekend. However, as with all Agatha Christie books, once you find out the ending it’s hard to forget. So unless you have not seen the original movie that was made in 1974 or read the book, you have a lot of fun in store for you. Read more

“The Square” a Bizarre Farce with a Message

The dark comedy The Square delivers a message not unfamiliar considering today’s upheaval involving the brotherhood of man. In the Ruben Ostlund’s film, that takes place in Sweden, a statement is made to the meaning of  “The Square” an exhibit at a museum. It states simply “The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within its boundaries we all share equal rights and obligations.” So sets the tone for this bizarre look into society’s relationships with each other and the division of wealth that fuels the fire.

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Charlotte Sullivan on the sci-fi thriller “RADIUS”

Known for her role as officer Gail Peck in the police drama “Rookie Blue” and more recently as Anna Turner in “Chicago Fire,” Toronto born Charlotte Sullivan has starred in “M.V.P,” “Across the River to Motor City” and in “The Kennedys” as Marilyn Monroe. She has also appeared in the dramas “Fever Pitch” and “Mary Kills People.” Read more

“Daguerrotype” an Intriguing Film Noir

An odd film noir, but one that’s steeped in romance, mystery and fantasy, Daguerrotype tantalizes and bewitches as it plays out gradually to an astonishing reveal. The film, originally named “Le Secret De La Chambre Noir”, was released in Japan and France before opening this week on VOD on nearly all major platforms. If you like a good drama that’s different and compelling much like an episode of Twilight Zone, try this one on a cold dark night with a friend. Read more

“Gun Shy” a Wild Romp in Chile

If you are looking for a wacky romantic comedy with a nice high energy 70’s rock soundtrack, try your luck with Gun Shy. Now on Blu-ray/DVD, it’s fun, crazy and adventurous with unusual performances by a couple of stars out of their element. Nicely directed by action master Simon West shooting his first wacky comedy, the film should entertain both men and women alike. Read more

“The Limehouse Golem” a Twisted Tale of Murder

If you missed it in theaters one of the better mystery thrillers, The Limehouse Golem, has arrived on Blu-ray/DVD. It’s a twisted tale of murder and mayhem that you won’t want to miss. It plays out like a Sherlock Holmes whodunit with twists and turns that keep you on your toes. Let the guessing game begin, which one is the slasher, basher, stabber and thrasher. Read more

Francesca Eastwood, Natalia Leite, Leah McKendrick on the thriller “M.F.A.”

Francesca Eastwood stars in M.F.A, the new critically acclaimed thriller that addresses sexual violence on campus. Nominated for the Grand Jury Award at the 2017 SXSW Festival, M.F.A. tells a gripping story of a young woman forced to protect herself after being sexually assaulted by a fellow classmate. I spoke with Francesca; the film’s director, Natalia Leite; and writer co-star, Leah McKendrick for an in-depth look at M.F.A. Read more

“Blade of the Immortal” an Intense Chopsocky Thriller

If you have seen one samurai fight you’ve seen them all, as so I thought anyway. But Blade of the Immortal has so much action it’s hard to turn away from the screen. It’s slice and dice Japanese style with enough combat to fill two movies. If you are a fan of films like Mortal Kombat then this film should be on your list to see this weekend. You may even know the name Tasashi Miike for his fame directing films like this. Read more

Kate Nowlin on Warriors Coming Home in “Blood Stripe”

As a Marine sergeant returning home after her third tour in Afghanistan, Kate Nowlin delivers a virtuoso performance in “Blood Stripe.” Unable to sleep, wracked by paranoia and anxiety, Nowlin’s Sergeant reveals the ongoing struggle many veterans face adjusting to civilian life after serving in combat overseas. Shot on a shoestring budget in just 16 days, “Blood Stripe” has already garnered a long list of critically important awards. Read more