Archive for October 12th, 2018

Fantastic Fest 2018 Review: DONNYBROOK

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) Based on the dark and gritty novel of the same name by Frank Bill, writer/director Tim Sutton’s adaptation is a darkly meditative piece that slowly burns until its explosively brutal climax.  Jamie Bell and Frank Grillo star as foes with a similar goal–to escape the helplessness […]


By Renee’ C. Rating: 4.5 (Out of 5 Reels) A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong (Ryan Reynolds), and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969 (IMDB). This film is a stunningly beautiful and intense ride through the […]


By Mark Saldana  Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars) 2018 has already given us three great films which deal with the African-American experience: Sorry To Bother You, Blindspotting, Blackkklansman.  Going into this film based on a young adult novel, I began to wonder if cinema had a fourth to offer.  The answer is an empathic […]


By Mark Saldana Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars) Most people know that Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon, but don’t ever consider how stressful and emotionally trying it was for him and his family to get there.  The new film from acclaimed director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La […]

Fantastic Fest 2018 Review: BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

Closing Night featured Drew Goddard’s “Bad Times at the El Royale   By Liz Lopez Rating: B- Six years after writer-director Drew Goddard’s big-screen debut (“The Cabin in the Woods”) comes his follow up film, “Bad Times at the El Royale,” featuring a retro-looking resort hotel and casino as a prominent character. It has a […]