We Are Still Here FILM REVIEW

The Sacchettis, Anne (Barbara Crampton) and Paul (Andrew Sensenig) discover they are not alone in their new home in the haunted house thriller "We Are Still Here." After their teenage son is killed in a car crash, Paul (Andrew Sensenig) and Anne (Barbara Crampton) move to the quiet New England countryside to try to start a new life for themselves. But the grieving couple unknowingly becomes the prey of a family of vengeful spirits that reside in their new home, and before long they discover that the seemingly peaceful town they’ve moved into is hiding a terrifyingly dark secret. ***1/2 Stars We Are Still Here Director: Ted Geoghegan Screenplay by: Ted Geoghegan Starring: Barbara Crampton, A

Hush (2016) FILM REVIEW

Deaf and mute, Maddie (Kate Siegel) is horrified to discover she is being watched by a serial killer in "Hush." A deaf writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window. **** Stars Hush (2016) Director: Mike Flanagan Screenplay by: Mike Flanagan and Kate Siegel Starring: Kate Siegel, John Gallagher, Jr., Michael Trucco, Samanthan Sloyan Rated R for strong violence/terror and some language Running Time: 1 hour 21 minutes Rating Scale: ***** = Outstanding ****1/2 = Excellent **** = Very Good ***1/2 = Above Average *** = Good **1/2 = Mediocre ** = Fair *1/2 = Poor * = Bad 1/2* = Abysmal

The Lobster FILM REVIEW

John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw and Colin Farrell are looking for partners in "The Lobster." A love story set in the near future where single people, according to the of the city, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days, if they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into the woods. A desperate man escapes from The Hotel to the woods where the loners live and falls in love, although it is against the rules. ****Stars The Lobster Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Screenplay by: Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou Starring: Colin Farrell, John C. Reilly, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux Rated R for

Alice Through the Looking Glass FILM REVIEW

The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and Alice (Mia Wasikowska) embark on another adventure in Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass." Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. ***1/2 Stars Alice Through the Looking Glass Director: James Bobin Screenplay by: Linda Woolverton Starring: Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Rhys Ifans, Alan Rickman Rated PG for fantasy action/peril and some language Running Time: 1 hour 53 minutes Rating Scale: ***** = Outstanding ****1/2 = Excellent **** = Very Good ***1/2 = Above Average *** = Good **1/2 = Mediocre ** = Fair *1/2 = Poor * = Bad 1/2* = Abysm

X-Men: Apocalypse FILM REVIEW

Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) probes to Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. *** Stars X-Men: Ap

Michael Myers returns! Blumhouse and John Carpenter to make a new 'Halloween'

Michael Myers returns in a new film co-produced by Blumhouse, Miramax, Trancas International and executive produced by John Carpenter. It's been nearly seven years since the last time we saw Michael Myers stalking movie theatres. In the summer of 2009, Rob Zombie's H2 opened to moderate success and proved that the boogeyman still had some life left in him. An eleventh film was planned, Halloween 3D, but that one never got beyond the development phase. It would appear as though the Halloween franchise as we knew it had finally reached an end. Well, as he has often proven in the past you just can't keep a good serial killer down. Michael Myers is back and this time he's bringing his crea

UPDATED: Photos from 'Trancers' Cast & Crew reunion and signing event!

MEET JACK DETH! Tim Thomerson and others to attend a TRANCERS cast & crew reunion on 5/21. I know I'm preaching to the choir when I say that growing up in the '80s was such a fun and cool time to be a genre movie fan. I rather pity anyone who wasn't around to see films like Aliens, The Fly, Ladyhawke or even The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai during their original theatrical runs. These films were so fresh, so new and opened your eyes and minds to new worlds and perceptions. Back than I would say genre fans weren't very fickle or even discerning and studios like Troma, New World and Empire Pictures gladly provided genre fans with the films they most craved. Some would hit, The Toxic Av

STAR TREK BEYOND World Premiere at San Diego Comic Con 2016

HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 20, 2016) – Paramount Pictures, Skydance, Bad Robot and director Justin Lin today announced that the world premiere of “STAR TREK BEYOND” will play in the immersive IMAX® format at Comic-Con International: San Diego, in partnership with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and IMAX Corporation, on Wednesday, July 20, at the Embarcadero Marina Park South. The red carpet event at San Diego Comic-Con, which marks the first-ever open-air IMAX world premiere, will feature special appearances by Lin and the “STAR TREK BEYOND” filmmakers and cast, as well as a live concert performance of Academy Award®-winning composer Michael Giacchino’s film score by the San Diego Symphony Orchestr

The Darkness FILM REVIEW

The Taylor family are being terrorized by evil spirits in Greg McLean's "The Darkness." A family returns from a Grand Canyon vacation, haunted by an ancient supernatural entity they unknowingly awakened and engages them in a fight for their survival. *1/2 Stars The Darkness Director: Greg McLean Screenplay by: Shayne Armstrong, Shane Krause, Greg McLean Starring: Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, Lucy Fry, David Mazouz, Ming-Na Wen, Paul Reiser Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some disturbing violence, brief sensuality and language Running Time: 1 hour 32 minutes Rating Scale: ***** = Outstanding ****1/2 = Excellent **** = Very Good ***1/2 = Above Average *** = Good **1/2 = Mediocre

Money Monster FILM REVIEW

Kyle Budwell (Jack O'Connell) holds TV host Lee Gates (George Clooney) at gunpoint in "Money Monster." In the real-time, high stakes thriller Money Monster, George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, who are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor who has lost everything (Jack O'Connell) forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today's fast-paced, high-tech global markets. ***1/2 Money Monster Director: Jodie Foster Screenplay by: Jamie Linden and Alan DiFiore & Jim Kou

FILMQUEST announces its 2016 official selections

More than a thousand films and screenplays were submitted for the 2016 edition of the FilmQuest Film Festival; the annual Utah based fest which celebrates and embraces the "fantastic." While the festival may be one day shorter than last year's festivities the amount of content presented certainly remains the same and it's chock full of potential genre-favorites. Sixteen feature films, as well as, close to two- hundred short films, ranging from horror to fantasy, have been officially selected by Jonathan Thomas Martin, the festival founder and director, and his nominating committee. The festival will be held June 17-25th at the Jordan Commons Megaplex Theatres in Sandy, Utah. Tickets wi

The Nice Guys FILM REVIEW

Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) are The Nice Guys. In 1977 Los Angeles, a down-on-his-luck private eye (Ryan Gosling) works with a hired enforcer (Russell Crowe) to investigate the disappearance of a girl and the death of a porn star. **** The Nice Guys Director: Shane Black Screenplay by: Shane Black & Anthony Bagarozzi Starring: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, Keith David, Margaret Qualley, Angourie Rice Rated R for violence, sexuality, nudity, language and brief drug use Running Time: 1 hour 56 minutes Rating Scale: ***** = Outstanding ****1/2 = Excellent **** = Very Good ***1/2 = Above Average *** = Good **1/2 = Mediocre ** = Fair

Bite (2016) FILM REVIEW

Jill (Annette Wozniak) and Casey (Elma Begovic) soon discover one little bite can become a nightmare. While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After returning home, the bite wound worsens and Casey's life takes a startling and horrifying turn for the worse. *1/2 Bite (2016) Director: Chad Archibald Screenplay by: Jayme LaForest Story by: Chad Archibald Starring: Elma Begovic, Jordan Gray, Annette Wozniak, Denise Yuen, Lawrene Denkers Rated: Unrated Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes Rating Scale: ***** = Outstanding ****1/2 = Excellent **** = Very Good ***1/2 = Above Average *** = Good **1/2 = Mediocre

Elstree 1976 FILM REVIEW

David Prowse, Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, recounts his experiences in 'Elstree 1976.' Actors, bit players and background performers from the "Star Wars" franchise discuss the impact of the movies on their lives and careers. **1/2 Elstree 1976 Director: Jon Spira Featuring: David Prowse, Jeremy Bulloch, John Chapman, Angus MacInnes, Paul Blake, Laurie Goode Rated: Unrated Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes Rating Scale: ***** = Outstanding ****1/2 = Excellent **** = Very Good ***1/2 = Above Average *** = Good **1/2 = Mediocre ** = Fair *1/2 = Poor * = Bad 1/2* = Abysmal

Captain America: Civil War SPOILER FILM REVIEW

It's Team Iron Man vs Team Captain America in the epic "Captain America: Civil War." After another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps, one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark's surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. ***** Stars Captain America: Civil War Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo Screenplay by: Christopher Markus & Ste

PURPLE RAIN Film Review

PURPLE RAIN Director: Albert Magnoli Screenplay by: Albert Magnoli & William Blinn Starring: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Clarence Williams III Rated R Running Time: 1 hour 51 minutes Release Date: July 27, 1984 *** out of ***** Photo: Warner Bros. Romance blossoms between The Kid (Prince) and Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero) in Purple Rain. A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise. Rating Scale: ***** = Outstanding ****1/2 = Excellent **** = Very Good ***1/2 = Above Average *** = Good **1/2 = Mediocre ** = Fair *1/2 = Poor * = Bad 1/

Captain America: Civil War SPOILER-FREE FILM REVIEW

(L-R): Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Captain America (Chris Evans), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) take a stand. After another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps, one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark's surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. ***** Star

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