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Ronin [1998] Spoiler Free Movie Review

Ronin [1998] A group of modern day Ronin is formed to steal a briefcase. A plot in service of action and tension - Natascha McElhone’s Deirdre assembles a team of mercenaries from around the world consisting of Robert De Niro’s Sam, Jean Reno’s Vincent, Stellan Skarsgard’s Gregor, Sean Bean’s Spence, and Skipp Sudduth’s Larry. The plot is quite simple despite the film’s attempts to make it appear more complicated. Ronin boils down to a MacGuffin hunt. This isn’t a bad thing as John Frankenheime

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The 10 Best Zombie Movies

The Return of the Living Dead is another sort of semi-sequel type deal to a Romero zombie movie. George A Romero and John A Russo created the Zombie genre as we know it with Night of the Living Dead in 1968. They co-wrote the initial film, then split, each wanting to continue the series on their own. The decision was reached that they would each carry out their own series with Romero having the “Dead” series and Russo having the “Living Dead” series - so this film is technically a sequel to Nigh

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The Hunt [2012] Spoiler Free Movie Review

The Hunt (Jagten) [2012] directed by Thomas Vinterberg is about Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) who works at a kindergarten. A lie from one of his students, Klara, leads to false accusations of sexual abuse and Lucas is labeled a pedophile by the community. A veritable witch hunt; The title “The Hunt” refers both to the ceremonial rite of passage hunting event that occurs within the community where the story takes place but also to a ‘witch hunt’, where an innocent man is accused of a terrible deed with

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The Impossible [2012] Spoiler Free Movie Review

The Impossible (Lo imposible) [2012]: A family of English tourists are on vacation in Thailand when the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami hits. The struggle to survive and find each other in the aftermath of the disaster. An alternative to the blockbuster; I have never been a fan of blockbusters. Big summer popcorn movies aren’t for me, but The Impossible displays a number of traits commonly found in blockbusters, and does them in a way that subverts many of the negatives attached to the spectacle. The

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Macabre Month of Horror: Movie Review #1 “Don’t Look Now”

Welcome to the first day of our Fifth Annual Macabre Month of Horror presented by the team at Brickwall Pictures. Today’s review is for Nicholas Roeg’s 1973  ‘Don’t Look Now’ starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie. A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond. Please keep in mind these are Horror Movies and the video reviews contain content from the films t

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Macabre Month of Horror: Movie Review #2 “The Wicker Man” (1973)

Welcome to the second day of our 5th Annual Macabre Month of Horror presented by the team at Brickwall Pictures. Today’s review is for The original Wicker Man from 1973 where a police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. The movie stars Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee and directed by Robin Hardy. Please keep in mind these are Horror Movies and the video reviews co

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Macabre Month of Horror: Movie Review #3 ‘The Tenant’ (1976)

Welcome to the third day of our 5th Annual Macabre Month of Horror presented by the team at Brickwall Pictures. Today’s review is for Roman Polanski‘s “The Tenant” where a bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment and he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia. Please keep in mind these are Horror Movies and the video reviews contain content from the films that may not be appropriate for younger viewers, or those with a weak constitution for that matter. Remember to subscribe to

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Macabre Month of Horror: Movie Review #4 “Martin” (1978)

Welcome to the fourth day of our 5th Annual Macabre Month of Horror presented by the team at Brickwall Pictures. Today’s review is for writer/director George A. Romero’s “Martin” where a young man, who believes he’s a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges. Please keep in mind these are Horror Movies and the video reviews contain content from the films that may not be appropriate for younger viewers

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Macabre Month of Horror: Movie Review #5 “The Brood” (1979)

Welcome to the fifth day of our 5th Annual Macabre Month of Horror presented by the team at Brickwall Pictures. Today’s review is for David Cronenberg‘s “The Brood” from 1979 – A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist’s therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders. Please keep in mind these are Horror Movies and the video reviews contain content from the films that may not be appropriate for younger viewers, or those with a weak constitution f

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Macabre Month of Horror: Movie Review #8 “Scanners”

Welcome to the eighth day of our 5th Annual Macabre Month of Horror presented by the team at Brickwall Pictures. Today’s review is for writer/director David Cronenberg‘s sci-fi/horror “Scanners” where a scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him. Please keep in mind these are Horror Movies and the video reviews contain content from the films that may not be appropriate for younger viewers, or those with a weak constitution for that matter. Remember to subsc

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Macabre Month of Horror: Movie Review #9 “The Hitcher”

Welcome to the ninth day of our 5th Annual Macabre Month of Horror presented by the team at Brickwall Pictures. Today’s review is for “The Hitcher“ starring  Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, and Jennifer Jason Leigh where a young man who escaped the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked by the hitcher and framed for his crimes. Please keep in mind these are Horror Movies and the video reviews contain content from the films that may not be appropriate for younger viewers, or

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Macabre Month of Horror: Movie Review #10 “The Hidden”

Welcome to the tenth day of our 5th Annual Macabre Month of Horror presented by the team at Brickwall Pictures. Today’s review is for ‘The Hidden’ from 1987 starring Kyle MacLachlan.  An alien parasite with the ability to possess human bodies goes on a violent crime spree in L.A. A human cop, detective Tom Beck, and an alien cop posing as a young FBI agent Lloyd Gallagher both pursue the parasite who frequently changes his human hosts. Please keep in mind these are Horror Movies and the video r

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Shotgun Stories [2007] Spoiler Free Movie Review

Shotgun Stories [2007]: Two at odds sets of half-brothers come to blows following the death of their father. An astonishingly impressive debut. Shotgun Stories is the 2007 feature film debut of filmmaker Jeff Nichols who would go on to make Take Shelter, Mud, Midnight Special, and Loving, all of which feature Michael Shannon in either a starring or supporting role. The direction of Shotgun Stories is strong and assured, feeling like it could be the work of a director with several features under

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Quadrophenia [1979] Spoiler Free Movie Review

Quadrophenia [1979] is the film adaptation of The Who’s rock opera by the same name from 1979. The film was directed by Franc Roddam and stars a large cast of young actors including Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, and Ray Winstone among others. The Rock Opera Stylings Are Surprisingly Light. This being the film counterpart to The Who’s rock opera, one would expect heavy musical influences to be heard all throughout the film. This both is and isn’t the case. The musical sequences, while great, are not

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The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) [2017] Spoiler Free Movie Review

The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) [2017] After being trained to kill since childhood, assassin Sook-Hee has a chance to start a new life, but her past won’t let her go so easily. Clear drawn inspirations. The plot of The Villainess has elements that work and elements that don’t. The general storyline calls to mind the obvious influences of films like Le Femme Nikita, Leon the Professional, and Kill Bill, while many of the characters band connective plot-tissue are underwhelming. The central character is

Year in Review: The 5 Best Movie Characters of 2016 [Sam Kench]

This is a pretty out there pick but I think John Wayne Cleaver is one of the best characters of the year and certainly one of the most interesting. He is a young man with a morbid conflict of conscious. He fears that he may be a serial killer waiting to activate completely with warning signs and cautionary advice from his Dr. and family. The conflict of self that this boy has trying to resist his morbid temptations is fascinating.

Year in Review: The 5 Best Movies of 2016 [Sam Kench]

Richard Linklater’s latest is a deceptively simple film. On the surface, it is fun hangout comedy, but the subtext offers something more transformative and ever life affirming. The film is set in 1980, not “the 80’s”, a transitory time between the 70’s and 80’s and is filled with characters who are in a time of transition themselves, the transition into adulthood and the rest of their lives where they learn that the world beyond what they knew as highschoolers doesn’t think as much of them as th

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