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ODD BRODSKY Directed by: Cindy Baer Starring: Tegan Ashton Cohan, Matthew Kevin Anderson, Cindy Baer, Scott Dickert Rated: Run Time: 1h 33mins Genre: Comedy 4 Frames out of 5 By: Shari K. Green Everyone knows independent film is where it’s at these days. You can’t argue the facts. Their creators aren’t inhibited like filmmakers working on […]
ALIEN DAY RETURNS APRIL 26 Celebrate the Groundbreaking ALIEN Franchise with 24 Hours of Fan-Focused Activities Worldwide Countdown Continues to the Global Release of Ridley Scott’s ALIEN: COVENANT LOS ANGELES, April 3, 2017 – Alien Day returns on April 26, a nod to planet LV-426 from the iconic ALIEN films, as the countdown continues […]
I was lucky in that I was able to chat for a few minutes with Jason Carney, Director of the Phoenix Film Festival & International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival. I asked him a few questions about the festival, his thoughts on bringing Hollywood back to AZ and how this year’s Festival will differ from […]
In the Town of Derry, the local kids are disappearing one by one, leaving behind torn body parts/remains. In a place known as ‘The Barrens’, a group of seven kids are united by their horrifying and strange encounters with a clown called Pennywise.
Directed by: Andrés Muschietti
Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard and Javier Botet
New Line released the trailer for the Andres Muschietti-directed horror film in English along with 30 localized versions starting at 9AM Wednesday. Of the trailer’s 197M global views, more than 81M views and over 1.8M shares on the U.S. Facebook instance alone. Within hours after dropping, the It trailer became a viral sensation, trending across Facebook, Twitter and rising to the top of the Reddit Homepage with 30K-plus up votes in four hours. The video quickly rose to the No. 1 position on YouTube’s trending videos and remained there throughout the day.
The trailer helped It trend globally on Twitter with trends for It, It Movie, Pennywise and the Red Balloon Emoji all appearing.
It is based on the 1986 novel by King, and follows seven children who are terrorized by the eponymous being, who exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. It generally appears as a clown in order to lure young children.
Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.
Director: David F. Sandbert
Starring: Miranda Otto, Javier Botet, Stephanie Sigman and Anthony LaPaglia
From Focus Features comes THE BOOK OF HENRY, in select cities June 16th, 2017
Sometimes things are not always what they seem, especially in the small suburban town where the Carpenter family lives. Single suburban mother Susan Carpenter (Naomi Watts) works as a waitress at a diner, alongside feisty family friend Sheila (Sarah Silverman). Her younger son Peter (Jacob Tremblay) is a playful 8-year-old. Taking care of everyone and everything in his own unique way is Susan’s older son Henry (Jaeden Lieberher), age 11. Protector to his adoring younger brother and tireless supporter of his often self-doubting mother – and, through investments, of the family as a whole – Henry blazes through the days like a comet. Susan discovers that the family next door, which includes Henry’s kind classmate Christina (Maddie Ziegler), has a dangerous secret – and that Henry has devised a surprising plan to help. As his brainstormed rescue plan for Christina takes shape in thrilling ways, Susan finds herself at the center of it.
Director: Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World, Safety Not Guaranteed)
Writer: Gregg Hurwitz (Orphan X)
Cast: Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman, Lee Pace, Maddie Ziegler, and Dean Norris
GOING IN STYLE SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE MARCH 31 SOUNDTRACK HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE A NEW DUET SUNG BY ALAN ARKIN & ANN-MARGRET PLUS A NEW JAMIE CULLUM SONG FEATURES SCORE BY ROB SIMONSEN (MARCH 31, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) – WaterTower Music today announced the March 31 release date of the soundtrack to Going In Style, […]
Boss Baby Directed by: Tom McGrath Starring: Alec Baldwin, Tobey Maguire, Lisa Kudrow, Steve Buscemi, Miles Bakshi and Jimmy Kimmel Rated: PG Run Time: 1h 37min Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family *Animation, in 3D 3 out of 5 Frames By: Shari K. Green Boss Baby is a new spin on the old tale […]
Blackcoat’s Daughter Directed By: Oz Perkins Starring: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Skipka, Lucy Boynton, Lauren Holly and James Remar Rated: R Run Time: 1h 33mins Genre: Horror, Thriller 3 ½ Frames out of 5 By: Shari K. Green Are you a horror fan looking for something new? Then don’t miss Blackcoat’s Daughter; […]
AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER is in theaters July 28 Directed by: Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk Produced by: Richard Berge & Diane Weyermann A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real […]
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES is in theaters in 3D May 26, 2017! Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” a rip-roaring adventure that finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune […]
PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FILMS TO APPEAR IN 2017 FILM LINEUP! The Phoenix Film Festival announced yesterday the films that will be showing at the 2017 Phoenix Film Festival. The opening night film for the film festival will be the comedy/drama release of HERO starring Sam Elliott, as a Western icon with a […]
Fasten your seat belts! Tickets for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 are now on sale! http://fandan.co/2nsOMaS Follow Marvel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/marvel Like Marvel on FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/Marvel *Marvel Studios’ GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is in theaters in 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D May 5, 2017!
I had a chat with fellow Wisconsin native turned L.A. filmmaker, Hunter Adams, about his new release, Dig Two Graves, which is available to watch on iTunes and at a theatre near you. His film is a suspenseful thriller that is summed up perfectly by its tagline. ‘A young girl’s obsession with her brother’s […]
Dig Two Graves Directed by: Hunter Adams Starring: Ted Levine, Samantha Isler, Danny Goldring and Troy Ruptash Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery Run Time: 1h 25min 3 ½ Frames out of 5 By Shari K. Green The Chinese proverb, ‘When you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves,’ is where the […]
You and your family can check out the special sneak previews of SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE taking place Saturday, March 25th at theaters across the country. You can find more information on tickets and show times at http://www.smurfsmovie.com/. Opening Date: Friday, April 7, 2017 Rating: PG for some mild action and rude humor Synopsis: In this fully animated, […]
RAW Directed by: Julia Ducournau Starring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf and Rabah Nait Oufella Rated: R Run Time: 1h 39min Genre: Drama, Horror 4 Frames out of 5 By: Shari K. Green Subtitled In a word, Raw is… raw. A movie about cannibalism might frighten you away but keep reading before […]
Car Dogs Directed by: Adam Collis Starring: Octavia Spencer, George Lopez, Patrick J. Adams, Nia Vardalos, Chris Mulkey, Alessandra Torresani, Josh Hopkins and Wendy Crawford Rated: R Run Time: 1H, 44mins Genre: Comedy, Drama 3 Frames out of 5 By Shari K. Green Most of us have been through buying a car, […]
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz and Nora von Waldstätten
Run Time: 1h 45min
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
4 Frames out of 5
By: Shari K. Green
With the roles she’s choosing, Kristen Steward has been redefining herself, and this part was a wise decision made by both she and director Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria.) Having worked with her in the past he knew that when he needed an actress to pull off the look of someone pained and tormented and to also be engaging that Stewart was the best choice. She was his supporting character is Clouds but this time she carries the entire film as Maureen. The film is a bit hard to follow at first but give it time.
You’re in the hands of a filmmaker who doesn’t want to reveal anything too soon. Pacing and all things becoming revealed in due time are critically important.
At first, it’s hard to distinguish what exactly is going on with Maureen. She’s dark and distant but at the twenty-eight-minute mark, you learn that her twin brother had died of the heart defect they both have. Not only is she sad, she’s lonely and fears for her own health. When this comes to light it explains the very beginning of the film where she quietly walks through a dark house looking to make contact with a spirit.
She’s a young American woman working in Paris as a personal shopper for a celebrity during the day but at night she’s a brooding sister waiting for her brother who, before he passed away, promised he’d make contact with her after his death. They had a pact that whoever died first, the other would reach out from the other side and give them a sign. She goes to the house she once shared with her brother and hopes to see a manifestation or feel something encouraging so that maybe she can move on with the rest of her life but it doesn’t happen so fast.
The audience is on a psychological journey with someone who may very well be better off in treatment but the way the film is rolled out; you don’t pick up on that too soon. There’s a certain strain put on you to understand Maureen because she seems so fragile but at the same time you’re getting frustrated at some of the decisions she’s making. Like when she receives text messages from a stranger and she begins to engage. What so good about this, outside of the overall tone, is it keeps you wondering, is it her brother or is it no one? Is this happening or is it in her head? With precision, Assayas does an incredible job of leading you into the trap you don’t see coming. He uses sound and music as he takes you on this trip where you’re on the edge of your seat for the entire ride, but he doesn’t really end up showing you much of anything. It’s a refreshing take on the subject and it’s a beautiful piece of art.
Personal Shopper can be creepy at times and those moments are done with a special technique. She becomes more upset, desperate and even frantic. The more she does, the more engaged with her character you become. Maureen, the personal shopper and the girl looking for a spirit, seem to be in two different movies. Kristen Stewart is so good that these two different entities become one in the end. She makes what Personal Shopper is, so special. She keeps you vested with slight changes to her character and Assayas uses everything in his power to keep from exposing the tortured young soul too soon without losing you in the meantime. Personal Shopper is gripping and intense and a movie I’d have to recommend you see as soon as you can.