FilmQuest 2016: Ctrl Alt Delete FILM REVIEW

Jayhawk (Adam Shapiro) and Charlie (Blake Robbins) take a closer look at the company's new server. Ctrl Alt Delete is an original sci-fi thriller inspired by the frighteningly real ways today's technology could lead to humanity's destruction. Over the course of one terrible night, a contentious group of activist hackers and workaday systems administrators fight to escape a high security data center taken over by an artificial intelligence bent on world domination. Will this motley crew be able to pool their knowledge and gadgetry in time to stop the rise of the Machines or will they all fall asunder when the AI unleashes its secret weapon? **** Stars Ctrl Alt Delete Director: James B. Cox Sc

FilmQuest 2016: The Nominees and Winners

The 2016 edition of FilmQuest has come to a close in Sandy, Utah and the names of those awarded the coveted Cthulhu statue have been revealed. Below you will the find the list of winners and nominees. Stay tuned to this site as my reviews of the short films and features, which include some FilmQuest 2016 award winners, continue to roll in. Photo: Courtesy of FilmQuest 2016 FILMQUEST 2016 AWARD WINNERS AND THEIR CTHULHU STATUES ON THE RED CARPET. Sandy, UT The 2016 FilmQuest Awards are, as usual, filled with many more deserving films than can possibly win or be nominated. To the winners and nominees, congratulations! Four of the secret nominees in 2016 were the winners of the respective ca

FilmQuest 2016: Diverge FILM REVIEW

Chris Towne soon learns that hope for all mankind lies not in the present but in the past. In the aftermath of a global pandemic, one survivor is given the chance to travel across time to stop the cataclysmic event and regain everything he has lost. To do that he must kill the man responsible for sowing the seeds of mankind’s destruction - his past self. **** Stars Diverge Director: James Morrison Screenplay by: James Morrison Starring: Ivan Sandomire, Jamie Jackson, Erin Cunningham, Andrew Sensenig Unrated Running Time: 1 hour 25 minutes Rating Scale: ***** = Outstanding ****1/2 = Excellent **** = Very Good ***1/2 = Above Average *** = Good **1/2 = Mediocre ** = Fair *1/2 =

FilmQuest 2016: Judge Them By Their Size Do You? - The Shorts

The saga continues in the fan film, "Star Wars Legends: Legacy of the Force". STAR WARS LEGENDS: LEGACY OF THE FORCE Director: Danny James Starring: Jaci Twiss, Tye Nelson, Julia Fae, Thomas J. Post Running Time: 20 minutes ***1/2 In regards to fan films, one of the greatest obstacles filmmakers must overcome, besides the lower budget, is getting the core audience invested in characters they likely have never heard of before. If the characters are engaging and the story is intriguing viewers will likely be able to overlook any perceptible budgetary limitations. In the end that is exactly what director Danny James and his cast and crew accomplished in their fan film, LEGACY OF THE FORCE, wh

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition FILM REVIEW

The R-rated Ultimate Edition is thirty minutes longer than the theatrical cut. Available on Digital HD on June 28th and on Blu-ray/DVD July 19th. It's been nearly two years since Superman's (Henry Cavill) colossal battle with Zod (Michael Shannon) devastated the city of Metropolis. The loss of life and collateral damage left many feeling angry and helpless, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). Convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity, Batman embarks on a personal vendetta to end his reign on Earth, while the conniving Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) launches his own crusade against the Man of Steel. ***1/2 Stars Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Ultimate

Scout Taylor-Compton stars in "Cynthia"

Scout Taylor-Compton takes aim in the upcoming dark horror/comedy "Cynthia." Kenny Gage and Devon Downs, the writers and directors of last years Anarchy Parlor, return with their latest film Cynthia. The duo are also producing the film which was written by "Girls & Corpses" founder Robert Rhine. Cynthia tells the tale of a perfect couple, their growing obsession with wanting to have a child and the darkly horrifying and comedic depths that obsession takes them. The film stars Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombie's Halloween), Kyle Jones (The Blackout) and Rebecca Marshall (Cooties). It also features some notable genre icons such as Sid Haig (The Devil's Rejects), Bill Moseley (TCM2), James K

Prepare for Fantastic - FilmQuest 2016

June 10, 2016 Provo, Utah “Prepare for Fantastic with Utah’s Largest Summer Film Festival, FilmQuest!” FilmQuest, Utah’s largest summer and genre film event, returns for its third season at the Jordan Commons Megaplex Theatres in Sandy, Utah, June 17th - 25th, 2016. Showcasing over 200 of the best sci-fi, fantasy, and horror films from around the world, including over 20 World Premieres, 10 US Premieres, and over 150 Utah Premieres, FilmQuest brings the global independent film community to Utah for nine days of films, panels, workshops, parties, and events. Over 150 filmmakers and actors from across the globe will be in attendance throughout this year’s event to debut such films as the Utah

The Fits FILM REVIEW

Royalty Hightower makes an auspicious acting debut in Anna Rose Holmer's 'The Fits.' An 11-year-old tomboy (Royalty Hightower) tries to fit in with her peers after joining an all-girl dance team. **** Stars The Fits Director: Anna Rose Holmer Screenplay by: Saela Davis, Anna Rose Holmer and Lisa Kjerulff Starring: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Inayah Rodgers, Makyla Burnam, Da'Sean Minor Unrated Running Time: 1 hour 12 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

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows FILM REVIEW

April O'Neil (Megan Fox) and Casey Jones (Stephen Amell) join forces with the Heroes on a Half-Shell. The turtles face a new challenge when Shredder escapes from custody and joins forces with Baxter Stockman, a mad scientist who plans to use a serum to take over the world. Along for the ride are Bebop and Rocksteady, two dimwitted henchmen who provide plenty of muscle. Luckily, the turtles have their own allies in April O'Neil, Vernon Fenwick and Casey Jones, a hockey-masked vigilante. As the pizza-loving heroes prepare for battle, the notorious Krang also emerges to pose an even greater threat. ***1/2 Stars Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Director: Dave Green Screenplay by:

The Conjuring 2 FILM REVIEW

A priest consults with Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) in "The Conjuring 2." Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits. *1/2 Stars The Conjuring 2 Director: James Wan Screenplay by: Carey Hayes & Chad Hayes and James Wan and David Johnson Story by: Carey Hayes & Chad Hayes & James Wan Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Franka Potente, David Thewlis, Frances O'Connor, Madison Wolfe Rated R for terror and horror violence Running Time: 2 hours 13 minutes Rating Scale: ***** = Outstanding ****1/2 = Excellent **** = Very Good ***1/2 = Above Average *** = Good **

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