“Logan Lucky” a Race for the Money

Robbing a bank is hard enough, but what Logan Lucky features is a whole new ballgame on robbery. The film goes for high stakes at a motor speedway and even though it’s fiction, it’s a lot of fun fantasizing on the plan and the getaway. The treat here is not Channing Tatum as a redneck bank robber, but Daniel Craig as an accomplice to the whole event. Craig digs down deep and comes up with an American Southern drawl that’s convincing, yet comical knowing he was  “James Bond” shaken not stirred. Read more

“Union Furnace” Turns On the Heat

This little indie has a very sadistic plot that although somewhat predictable plays out fairly well.  But, the production quality suffers from the lack of funds and the unskillful acting ability involving support characters reduces the entertainment value. That said Union Furnace is a good platform for novice writer/director Nicholas Bushman and his cast. The film has just been released in Blu-ray and DVD. Read more

“Annabelle: Creation” Avoid the Doll

Review by Brent Lorentson

 

Following the success of The Conjuring, it’s no surprise that sequels would follow, but I have to admit seeing an Annabelle film as one of them is a bit unexpected. While The Conjuring was based on true events (as true as one may or may not wish to believe in the paranormal) Annabelle’s mostly a work of fiction. I’ll admit I’m a bit of the fan of The Warrens and have read plenty about their investigations and I certainly feel their life is ripe for the Hollywood treatment along with the hundreds of case files they developed over the years. Read more

“The Glass Castle” Dealing with Dysfunction

This interesting biography takes you back to days when the going was tough and families were economizing their lives. It’s a parody of even today’s society of lost jobs and stretching income that seems to invade every generation. But, The Glass Castle shows how one family survived life’s up and downs in this true story based on Jeannette Walls’s bestseller book. The film’s cast proves to be the main winner here with their tour de force performances. Read more

“The Dark Tower” Cowboy vs. Evil

Even if you are a big fan of Stephen King the writer who gave us many horror novels that were made into movies like Cujo, Christine, It, Carrie, Children of the Corn and many others, The Dark Tower may not be for you. This action adventure aims for the science fiction base that follows films like Cloud Atlas, John Carter, Guardians of the Galaxy and the recent Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Read more

“Brave New Jersey” Courage and Chaos

It’s October 30, 1938 and a classroom is filled with kids in the small town of Lullaby, New Jersey. “Tomorrow is Halloween, do you know what that means?” says Peg (Anna Camp) to her class of youngsters. Class “Candy”! Peg replies “It means for one night you let go of your inhibitions and become someone completely different”. Little did the small town of Lullaby know that their lives would change forever due to an Orson Wells radio broadcast.  It’s courage and chaos in Brave New Jersey. Read more

Interview with “Ice Cream Truck’s” Deanna Russo

Known for Burning Love, Being Human and Two and a Half Men, actress/producer Deanna Russo has amassed an extensive body of work. In The Ice Cream Truck, Russo is Mary, a mother of two, housesitting her new home, awaiting her husband and two children. In returning to her hometown, Mary discovers an off-kilter mix of overly nosy neighbors, overly sexed teens and an ice cream man overly dedicated to serving scoops of blood with his Rum Raisin. In this one-on-one interview, Russo reveals the challenges she faced in making Mary such a believably complex character. Read more

“Phoenix Forgotten” a UFO Sighting Revisited

A fictional recall of the incident in Phoenix Arizona whereby a sighting of a UFO turned the city upside-down with fear on March 13, 1997 has been targeted for yet another movie.  Now on DVD, Phoenix Forgotten is a pretentious tale of three lost teens who went hunting for the interplanetary vessel that may have caused the incident. Although it would have been a startling revelation, but much like The Blair Witch Project and other fictional films like 10 Cloverfield Lane, it’s just another folk tale. Read more