Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them FILM REVIEW

Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, has arrived in New York City with a case full of fantastic beasts. The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt's fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. **** Stars Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Director: David Yates Screenplay: J.K. Rowling Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Water

AFI Fest 2016: Kati Kati FILM REVIEW

Kaleche, played by Nyokabi Gethaiga, has no memory of how she got to the lodge of KATI KATI. When Kaleche, a young amnesiac, wakes up in the middle of the wilderness, she has no idea how she got there. She makes her way to Kati Kati, a nearby lodge, where she meets a motley crew of residents under the leadership of Thoma. As Kaleche strikes up a quick and intense friendship with him, she discovers that there’s a lot more to Thoma and the mysterious Kati Kati. ***1/2 Stars Kati Kati Director: Mbithi Masya Screenplay: Mbithi Masya and Mugambi Nthiga Starring: Nyokabi Gethaiga, Elsaphan Njora, Paul Ogola, Peter King Mwania Not Yet Rated Running Time: 1 hour 15 minutes Rating Scale: ***** = Out

UFO: It Is Here FILM REVIEW

Shelter is hard to come by when dealing with an Unidentified Flying Object in UFO: IT IS HERE. While filming a documentary at the local zoo, five film students witness what they believe to be a crashing UFO. Being film students they decide to go and investigate while documenting everything as they search for the crash site. ** Stars UFO: It Is Here Director: Daniele Grieco Screenplay: Daniele Grieco Starring: Laura Berlin, Leonard Hohm, Dennis Mojen, Olga von Luckwald, Jan Walter Not Yet Rated Running Time: 1 hour 23 minutes Rating Scale: ***** = Outstanding ****1/2 = Excellent **** = Very Good ***1/2 = Above Average *** = Good **1/2 = Mediocre ** = Fair *1/2 = Poor * = B

Devil Town FILM REVIEW

"Submitted for your approval, one Patrick Creedle, letting agent, a bulldozer of a man whose life revolves around profit and loss, commission and percentage; a man who values the pieces of paper in his wallet more than life itself, save perhaps his own. On this particular lunch hour, on this particular day, Patrick Creedle is about to receive a dire warning from a most unusual nemesis - found only in…Devil Town." Upon reading that intro you'd think you were about to embark on a journey into the Twilight Zone and while watching director Nick Barrett's film you'll feel like you're watching an episode of that iconic television series. Barrett has fully embraced that connection and had the fil

AFI FEST 2016: Land of Mine FILM REVIEW

German POWs, many of them young boys, are tasked with finding and disarming the mines which riddle the beaches of Denmark in LAND OF MINE. In the wake of the Second World War, the Danish authorities force thousands of German prisoners of war to defuse the millions of mines buried on Danish beaches. **** Stars Land of Mine Director: Martin Zandvliet Screenplay: Martin Zandvliet Starring: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard Rated R for violence, some grisly images, and language Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes Rating Scale: ***** = Outstanding ****1/2 = Excellent **** = Very Good ***1/2 = Above Average *** = Good **1/2 = Mediocre ** = Fair *1/2 = Po

AFI FEST 2016: Paterson FILM REVIEW

Paterson, a bus driver in the city of Paterson, NJ, writes poetry while on his lunch break in PATERSON. A hardworking bus driver in Paterson, N.J., writes heartfelt poems every day before his shift begins. ***1/2 Stars Paterson Director: Jim Jarmusch Screenplay: Jim Jarmusch Starring: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, William Jackson Harper, Barry Shabaka Henley, Chasten Harmon Rated R for some language Running Time: 1 hour 58 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

AFI FEST 2016: Moana FILM REVIEW

Young Moana embarks on a quest to find the demi-god Maui in Walt Disney's MOANA. An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity. **** Stars Moana Directors: Ron Clements and John Musker. Don Hall and Chris Williams. Screenplay: Jared Bush Starring: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Jermaine Clemen

AFI FEST 2016: Mifune: The Last Samurai FILM REVIEW

Steven Okazaki's MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI looks at the life of iconic actor Toshiro Mifune, seen here with director Akira Kurosawa, right, on the set of YOJIMBO. MIFUNE is a feature-length documentary about the life and films of legendary actor Toshiro Mifune, weaving together film clips, archival stills, and interviews with such luminaries as Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. Narrated by Keanu Reeves. **** Stars Mifune: The Last Samurai Director: Steven Okazaki Starring: Toshirô Mifune, Keanu Reeves, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese Not Yet Rated Running Time: 1 hour 20 minutes Rating Scale: ***** = Outstanding ****1/2 = Excellent **** = Very Good ***1/2 = Above Average *** = Go

AFI FEST 2016: Dark Night FILM REVIEW

Simply playing an arcade game in a movie theatre lobby takes on an ominous meaning in DARK NIGHT. The lives of six complete strangers intersect on one fateful, dark night. *** Stars Dark Night Director: Tim Sutton Screenplay: Tim Sutton Starring: Anna Rose Hopkins, Robert Jumper, Karina Macias , Aaron Purvis, Rosie Rodriguez Not Yet Rated 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 = Poor * = Bad 1/2* = Abysmal

AFI FEST 2016: Rules Don't Apply FILM REVIEW

Frank Forbes, the driver, and Marla Mabrey, the actress, are both employed by the elusive and mysterious billionaire Howard Hughes in RULES DON'T APPLY. An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty) for whom they work. ** Stars Rules Don't Apply Director: Warren Beatty Screenplay: Warren Beatty Starring: Warren Beatty, Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Matthew Broderick, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Candice Bergin, Oliver Platt, Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan Rated PG-13 for sexual material including brief strong language,

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk FILM REVIEW

Billy Lynn and Bravo Squad are the guests of honor at a football game in Ang Lee's BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK. 19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad - contrasting the realities of war with America's perceptions. ** Stars Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Director: Ang Lee Screenplay: Jean-Christophe Castelli based on the novel by Ben Fountain Starring: Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker, Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart Rated R for language throughout, some war violence, sexual content, and brief drug use Running Time: 1 hour 50 minutes Rating Scale: ****

Japanese Legends: Slit FILM REVIEW

Director Pablo Absento returns with her latest venture, JAPANESE LEGENDS, a horror anthology series which draws inspiration from Japanese urban legends. I'm sure western audiences aren't that familiar with Japanese urban legends so undoubtedly there is a treasure trove of affecting and chilling tales to be told. Absento, who previously directed the supernatural short films CALL MY NAME and SHI, now brings us the first installment of the JAPANESE LEGENDS series, a short film titled SLIT. During the film's opening moments we are introduced to a woman in a dilapidated and seemingly abandoned building. What she's doing there and why is not clear. If you are familiar with Absento's previous

WILLIAM PETER BLATTY'S LEGION Film Review

WILLIAM PETER BLATTY'S LEGION Director: William Peter Blatty Screenplay: William Peter Blatty based upon his novel "Legion" Starring: George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Brad Dourif, Scott Wilson, Nancy Fish, Grand L. Bush Rated R for strong language and disturbing images Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes Released: August 17, 1990 (Theatrical Cut) October 25, 2016 (Director's Cut) **** out of ***** Photo: Morgan Creek Productions Lt. Kinderman (GEORGE C. SCOTT) investigates a series of homicides whose methods are strikingly similar to those of "The Gemini Killer" who was executed fifteen years prior. While investigating a series of homicides, Lt. Kinderman (GEORGE C. SCOTT) notices the methods are s

SCREAMFEST 2016: Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word FILM REVIEW

Despite proclaiming his innocence, Johnny Frank Garrett is sentenced to death but in the end he has the last word in JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT'S LAST WORD. When a young man is executed for committing murder, he leaves behind a curse letter, promising vengeance for all those connected to his unfair trial. **** Stars Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word Director: Simon Rumley Screenplay: Ben Ketai Starring: Sean Patrick Flanery, Erin Cummings, Mike Doyle Not Yet Rated Running Time: 1 hour 35 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

SCREAMFEST 2016: The Master Cleanse FILM REVIEW

Paul discovers that this retreat is not without its problems in THE MASTER CLEANSE. A heartbroken man who attends a spiritual retreat discovers that the course releases more than just everyday toxins and traumatic experiences. **** Stars The Master Cleanse Director: Bobby Miller Screenplay: Bobby Miller Starring: Johnny Galecki, Anna Friel, Kevin J. O'Connor, Angelica Houston, Oliver Platt Not Yet Rated 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

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD BLACK & CHROME EDITION Film Review

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD - BLACK & CHROME EDITION Director: George Miller Screenplay: George MIller Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton Rated R for intense sequences of violence throughout, and for disturbing images Running Time: 2 hours Released: May 15, 2015 ***** out of ***** Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures. Director George Miller originally envisioned his action masterpiece as a black and white epic. Now comes the black and white version of multiple Academy Award winning film MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. After warrior Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) departs the Citadel with precious ca

Hacksaw Ridge FILM REVIEW

Young Desmond Doss sticks to his beliefs and refuses to lay his hands on a rifle in director Mel Gibson's HACKSAW RIDGE. WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor. **** Stars Hacksaw Ridge Director: Mel Gibson Screenplay: Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan Starring: Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn, Rachel Griffiths Rated R for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images Running Time: 2 hours 11 minutes Rating Scale: ***** = Outstanding

Doctor Strange FILM REVIEW

Dr. Stephen Strange sought the power to heal but is instead introduced to the mystic arts. A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts. ***1/2 Stars Doctor Strange Director: Scott Derrickson Screenplay: Jon Spaihts and Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Mads MIkkelsen, Benedict Wong Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence Running Time: 1 hour 55 minutes Rating Scale: ***** = Outstanding ****1/2 = Excellent **** = Very Good ***1/2 = Above Average *** = Good **1/2 = Mediocre ** = Fair *1/2 =

Screamfest 2016: Quarries FILM REVIEW

Their hike through the woods turns into a descent into hell in QUARRIES. A hiking expedition venturing out into the uncharted wilderness meets tragedy when a group of hunters selects them as prey. **** Stars Quarries Director: Nils Taylor Screenplay: Nicole Marie Johnson and Nils Taylor Starring: Nicole Marie Johnson, Leisha Hailey, Sara Mornell, Carrie Finklea, Joy McElveen, Rebecca Colette McFadzien Not Yet Rated Running Time: 1 hour 23 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

Screamfest 2016: Found Footage 3D FILM REVIEW

A film crew soon discovers that making a 3D supernatural found footage is much harder than they could possibly imagine in FOUND FOOTAGE 3D. A film crew sets out to make the first-ever 3D found footage film. They soon discover that they may be in over their head when strange things start to occur at their shooting location, a remote, abandoned cabin in the woods. **** Stars Found Footage 3D Director: Steven DeGennaro Screenplay: Steven DeGennaro Starring: Carter Roy, Alena von Stroheim, Chris O'Brien, Tom Saporito, Scott Allen Perry, Jessica Perrin, Scott Weinberg Not Yet Rated Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes Rating Scale: ***** = Outstanding ****1/2 = Excellent **** = Very Good ***1

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