“Red Christmas” Terror, Bloody Terror

If you are just starting out the horror month, then you may want to make this terror film your first as it has all the elements of a gruesome ghoulish nightmare that you’ll remember beyond the big “H” day. A weird name for a film, Red Christmas certainly wreaks havoc on that holiday. Choosing Christmas for the film setting turns out the best way to get this family together so the goings could get bloody. Now on Blu-ray and DVD it’s a good choice for your opening season fright party. Read more

“RAT FILM” Fishing for a Solution

There’s many ways of telling a story and one of the best is the documentary where facts are provided and you become the judge of the content. This is the case of Rat Film a fact based film on the rat population in Baltimore, Maryland and the correlation between over population, lack of adequate housing, unemployment and opportunity. In many ways the film reveals the problem of inner-city unbalance and oppression. The film opens Sunday October 15th in Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent for a two week run with a national release to follow. Read more

“Professor Marston and Wonder Woman” From Reality to Comic Book

Especially if you are a fan of super heroes, have you ever wondered how ‘Wonder Women’ was created? Well it’s not what you probably expected according to the movie “Professor Marston and Wonder Woman”. The first female super hero to make it big in the comic book world, became one of the most famous of them all. This tale is based on a true story about the author of the ‘Wonder Women’ Comic book.

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“MARSHALL” Intriguing and Convincing

Review by guest writer Gino Sassani

Few names ring as powerfully through the halls of legal history as that of Thurgood Marshall. One of the best legal minds of the 20th century, he became the first African-American to be seated on the United States Supreme Court. He participated in landmark decisions both as a lawyer arguing in front of the highest court in the land and as one of its nine justices writing milestone opinions. Read more

“Trafficked” Exposing the Prurient Playground

The disturbing and eye opening film Trafficked opens this weekend in parts of the America. Dipping into stories by real people caught up in the world of kidnapping for prostitution, this film, although a fictional account, lays it all out for those to see. The film is inspired by real characters from the award winning book ‘Sex Trafficking’ by Harvard Professor Siddharth Kara. Read more

“Pilgrimage” A Trek Into Hell

Here’s one of those movie gems that probably got shuffled out of theaters because a blockbuster film release needed the screens on which it was playing. I’m not sure of its distribution, but if you missed it in theaters, here’s your chance to catch a very good production on Blu-ray or DVD.  The high energy action film takes you back to 1200’s Europe and features a dark time in Ireland. Read more

Blood Stripe: a Warrior Battles Coming Home

 

Helmed and co-written by Remy Auberjonois, Blood Stripe adroitly addresses the long-neglected topic of returning female combat vets. In the lead is co-writer Kate Nowlin, whose virtuoso performance zeroes in on the internal tumult a Marine Sergeant wrestles with after serving three tours in Afghanistan. Uncovering the scab of PTSD isn’t new, but the poignancy, confusion and pain so skillfully portrayed by Nowlin offer a rare glimpse into what our warriors face as they return home. Read more

“Blade Runner 2049” Continues a Cult Classic

Opening this weekend, the long awaited sequel of one of the most creative classics of all time, Blade Runner 2049. The film follows the original some 30 years later where the people left on Earth are still trying to survive the social decay and authoritarian abuse. The movie has excellent direction by Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve, amazing cinematography and a nicely connected storyline. The nearly 2 hour film may feel long, but true fans of Blade Runner will think it’s not enough. Read more

“The Mountain Between Us” a Slippery Slope

Sometimes it’s very hard to get it right, especially if you are filming under excruciating circumstances. That seems to be the fate of The Mountain Between Us a survival film that depends on getting the right shot and mood in order to create a chemistry between two opposites. The movie starts with a trite beginning, takes on a difficult situation and then tries to bring a couple together in spite of the ordeal they have to overcome. Read more

“Vikings” a Mesmerizing Adventure into Norse Lore

You don’t have to be a follower of Vikings, the action packed series on the History Channel, just wanting to visualize the era or even one who likes their adventure rough and raw. The second half of season 4 has just been released on Blu-ray/DVD and it has cauldrons of thrills with a lot of dark, character driven stories that will have you hooked on the show.  Of course if you are already a fan, then catching up or reliving the trials of early history can be a good thing too. Read more

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” Sails into Home Video

The “final installment” of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales starts with a rip roaring adventure and ends with a heartfelt reunion of sorts by the original main characters. When it first began the buzz was “how can you make a movie from an attraction in a Disney park” with some critics even going so far as saying “it will never sail”. Well that was 14 years ago and the franchise still continues with this last hurrah and it’s probably the best sequel yet. Now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultra 4K Blu-ray with oceans of Bonus Extras. Read more

“Cult of Chucky” The Red Head Goes Psycho

Sometimes there’s nothing like a good Chucky movie to get your mind off the hum drum life of your daily routine.  Just out on Blu-ray/DVD Cult of Chucky is another sequel of the infamous Child’s Play (Chucky for most fans). If you are a follower you already know how diabolical the main character can be, well it gets even more so with this chapter in the life of the red headed doll. Just in time to start off the October rush to Halloween, the move has a lot of jumpy moments and buckets of blood. Read more

“Princess Elena of Avalor: Celebrations to Remember” For Kids

“Princess Elena of Avalor: Celebrations to Remember” takes you on six adventures in her kingdom of Avalor, each with a special meaning and heartfelt message. Now on DVD the special programing is perfect for the very young (boys and girls) and preteen girls.  Included on the DVD are two bonus features of never before seen chapters in Elena’s life. Read more

“American Made” a High Energy Expose

Providing a wild and wicked romp around Central and South America the movie American Made tells a true story of spying, gun running, drug smuggling and money laundering. Set in the late 1970’s to early 1980’s the film uses true events, exposés and government scandals to reveal what one man could do with the help of a little radical espionage. Read more

“Disney’s Mickey Mouse Merry & Scary” Tricks and Treats

A fun DVD for kids arrives on September 26 just in time for October Trick or Treat season.  The two movie video disc features both an exciting bump in the night “pumpkiner” and a laugh filled Christmas delight with Disney’s Mickey Mouse Merry & Scary.  Both films are approximately 30 minutes each and deliver a lot of fun for the youngsters.  Read more