“Like Crazy” Busting Loose

Wild, engaging and sometimes disturbing, yet heartfelt, the film Like Crazy (La Pazza Gioia) opens in theaters this weekend. The story plays out like a One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest with a little bit of Thelma and Louise. The acting in the film by the whole cast is exceptionally good and the direction pinpoint sharp. If you would like a little laughter in your evening mixed with a lot of heart, then check out Like Crazy. Read more

“One Week and a Day” a Dark Comedy with Heart

 

The fun modern day dark comedy One Week and a Day follows the plight of a family in Israel not unlike most Americans in the same situation. While there’s a lot of serious moments, the story shows that a lot goes into healing beyond Shiva. Good acting and plot, if you want to laugh and cry, check out this film when it comes to a theater near you. Read more

“The Shadow Effect” an Assassin Cocktail with a Twist

 

Putting a twist on an assassin thriller, the movie The Shadow Effect comes to DVD and I found the story a bit incredible yet entertaining. It’s a cross between The Bourne Identity and the The Edge of Tomorrow with a bit of originality added to make it different. This film takes the ideas from the two films and turns it into an assassination plot with shades of The Manchurian Candidate. While the filmmakers do a good job with their set up, their finale leaves you cold. Read more

“Havenhurst” a Twisted Tale of Evil

 

Turing out the very edgy and scary flick Havenhurst, director and writer Andrew C. Erin’s film should delight fans of the horror genre. Nicely written, expertly filmed and edited, there’s shock and fear coming at you when you least expect it. The story even has a message that there’s consequences for wrong decisions, abuse and over indulgence. That said, let’s get on with the movie review. Read more

“Dead West” Hunting for Lost Lust

 

If you are looking for a really depraved serial killer film, then look no further than Dead West. The movie, now on DVD, takes you on a journey with a lot of dead bodies left behind. Nicely made, the film shows a little pity by using off screen sound to confirm the killings. I’m not saying this to make the film acceptable for the squeamish, but Dead West does avoid a lot of blood gushing horror. Oh, this is not a cowboy movie. Read more

“Doobious Sources” A Stoner Movie That Gets Too High

 

Weird and silly the stoner film Doobious Sources has been released on Digital HD and VOD. The film makes a stab at being like the movie Up in Smoke, but without Cheech and Chong it just doesn’t make the grade. That said, if you like wacky movies that exaggerate situations for the comedy value, then this little gem is right for you. Read more

“I.T.” a Tech with a Sinister Plan

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Very cringing and realistic, the movie I.T. has just been released on home video. The film has a lot of technology devices and they come into play a lot. I like the mystery and build up that gets very tense, even though it becomes a little predictable at times. Pierce Brosnan’s at the top of his game and support character James Frecheville keeps his character evil and chilling. Read more

“The Handmaiden” A Spicy Mystery with a Tryst

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Spicy and exciting the film The Handmaiden enters select theaters this weekend and for adults it’s a powerful mystery drama with romantic overtones. The fine direction, acting, story and cinematography make the film pleasurable. It’s for those who like a titillating movie experience tied in with a sordid plot that takes some unexpected twists. The film, if it had been rated, could have easily received the highest MPAA judgement possible. Read more

“ClownTown” Experience the Terror

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Just in time for starting off the Halloween season the horror film ClownTown comes to DVD and VOD. While the movie states that it has a base in fact, that’s questionable and I’ll believe it when they find real facts in The Blair Witch Project. The recent release of Clown that featured its review on our website a month ago and a real sicko it is, goes steps above ClownTown for the horror factor, but not by much. The guts and gore are about equal, but the clown faces don’t out do the scare factor of Kent McCoy’s distorted look in Clown. That said, if you love the horror genre, then put on your polka dot pajamas, slap on a red nose, wear huge shoes and grab a copy of ClownTown at your local video outlet or store. But don’t watch it alone, only if you dare. Read more

“Tanna” a Touching Story of Forbidden Love

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Quite an undertaking with a very good result the movie Tanna tells a touching Romeo and Juliet story in the most striking way. Filmed on the island of Vanuatu in the South Pacific using tribes that still inhabit the volcanic isle, Directors Martin Butler and Bentley Dean fashion a story based on a true happening. Not the ordinary staged Shakespearean presentation, but one that has all the substance of the tale of forbidden love. Read more

“Max Rose” a Heartfelt Story and Performance

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The heartfelt story Max Rose showcases the amazing talent of Jerry Lewis. His performance here just may earn him a nomination of high honors in a leading role, it’s that good. Pleasantly surprised at his ability to show his vitality and pathos the remarkable actor puts on a show that will be remembered way after you leave the movie theater. Add to this a delightful scenes with the magnificent Claire Bloom and you have a fine evening of movie-going. It’s an older crowd’s film that’s not to be missed. Read more

“The Bride”, a Tragedy of Undying Love

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Steeped in a veil of deceit and anguish The Bride (“La Novia”) tells a tale of forbidden love and vengeance. Much like the films by powerful director Sergio Leone this foreboding tale gets an ominous story that involves star crossed lovers, choices, and a heroine pulled between families. Excellent cinematography plays a big part in this revenge driven film. Read more

“Hard Sell”, Flashing for Dollars

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Taking a few pages out of scripts of the 70’s and 80’s the movie Hard Sell opens in theaters this weekend. It’s a fun romp that’s aimed straight at teens to mid-twenties, but more for those who remember films like Weird Science, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and many cool films by John Hughes. This low budget attempt however, serves more as a coming out for rising talent rather than an energetic comedy/melodrama. It does have a few words of wisdom attached that may hit home with our modern day youth, but not much more. Read more

The Best of It, Making the Right Bet

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Making the right bet on a college basketball team can get you a lot of money. The other side of the coin however, can put you in debt. In the documentary film The Best of It we find that there are smart gamblers and not so smart ones. Director Scott Pearson Eberly puts together a cross section of betters and adds a few odds makers in this enlightening film that reveals the stress and elation of winning. Oh and some dire consequences of losing as well. Read more

The American Side, a Snappy Mystery Filled with Intrigue

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This mystery sets out as a routine blackmail, but turns into a thriller involving the government and those that want to get rich quick. And then there’s a suicide at Niagara Falls that all leads to The American Side. Much like the gumshoe J.J. Gittes in Chinatown with the same kind of pace and impression, The American Side becomes compelling and intriguing. Read more