“A Ghost Story” A Disturbing Vision of Death

It’s difficult to be original and innovative when it comes to tackling a haunted house film. Ghost stories have been around for ages and told just about every way you can imagine. So what do you do to give the audience something they have never seen before? After coming back from directing Pete’s Dragon, writer/director David Lowery delivers a small intimate film that manages to take A Ghost Story and makes it something unique from all the rest. Though when I say unique, and when I say innovative, this may not be a positive for some. Read more

“War for the Planet of the Apes” the Resolution

Review by Gino Sassani

“All of human history has led to this moment. The irony is we created you. And nature has been punishing us ever since. This is our last stand. And if we lose… it will be a Planet of Apes.”

I was always a fan of the original Planet of the Apes series of films. While they often flirted with a camp style, I was impressed with John Chambers’ makeup effects and the performances of Roddy McDowall as both Cornelius and Caesar. Then came the television show and I remained just as enchanted because of McDowall’s appearance as a third ape, Galen. The show didn’t last a season however, and before long the Apes franchise was left in some kind of limbo. Read more

“A Quiet Passion” a Poignant View of a Disenchanted Poet

 

Strong willed Emily Dickinson’s biography comes to the screen in A Quiet Passion with a sharp delivery by actress Cynthia Nixon and it’s a personification you’ll not easily forget. Dressed in 19th century clothing and placed in an antebellum setting the actress holds nothing back as the real life story unfolds with unrelenting chastisement. If you like her works of mostly poetry and essays than this period piece is your cup of bitter tea. Read more

“Bitter Harvest” Romance in the Midst of a Nightmare

 

One of the more incredible stories to serve as a romance, Bitter Harvest tells the tale of two lovers caught up in one of the world’s most evil genocides, the Russian Holodomor. Filmed in the Ukraine where it happened, the movie shows how Russia took over the country for their grain and starved its people to death during the mid-1920’s. Told from the perspective of two youngsters who grew up, married and were forced to separate under Soviet Russian control, the film becomes a heartfelt tribute to the terrible nightmare. Read more

“Split” A Tight Coiled Chiller

 

Very disturbing and frightening at times, the film Split puts director M. Night Shyamalan back in movie theaters. Coming off the sinister shocker The Visit, which earned over $98 million in 2015, he’s chosen a good weekend for his new horror thriller with its only competition xXx sequel and The Founder. The trailer should drive all the thrill seekers and especially mature pre-teens to 20’s horror fans into seats this weekend, making it the top box-office winner. But except for a few of Shyamalan’s movies, it has his signature weak “how did that just happen” finale. Read more

The Hoarder, Trifling with Terror

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All right horror fans here’s the low down on The Hoarder a thriller being released on DVD and Digital Video this week. Up front the film’s got a very good monster in the vein of a Gollum looking character and even brought to the screen without CGI. The cinematography makes the film dark and sinister with some good scary moments, even though the sets are barren and boxy. Sadly beyond that however, the acting looks amateurish, the direction messy and the story very disjointed, especially in the finale.
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Every Secret Thing, Solving a Mystery

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In a surprisingly good mystery drama, Dakota Fanning impresses as one of the central figures in Every Secret Thing now on DVD. Very disturbing and incredibly cunning in her performance she makes the film compelling keeping the audience off guard till the very end. Together with Danielle Macdonald in her first major role, the two along with the youngsters playing their early years, give Every Secret Thing the strength necessary to pull off one surprise after another. If you like your crime mysteries that keep you guessing, then this film should keep you entertained. Read more