Review: A SIMPLE FAVOR

By Renee’ C.

Rating: 4 (Out of 5 Reels)

A SIMPLE FAVOR centers around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy blogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town (IMDB).

Honestly, watching the trailer made me want to see this film because it seemed to hopefully be something different.  There have been plenty of films about people trying to beat the insurance system. Read more »

Fantastic Fest 2018 News: Final Wave of Programming Announcement

FANTASTIC FEST’S FINAL WAVE OF PROGRAMMING INCLUDES BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

AS CLOSING NIGHT FILM, 

THE US PREMIERES OF

MID90S AND 

UNDER THE SILVER LAKE,
AND A HALLOWEEN-THEMED OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Plus Walking Dead star Steven Yeun in attendance for BURNING,
the World Premiere of the new Nicolas Cage & Franka Potente movie BETWEEN WORLDS, Karyn Kusama’s DESTROYER,
Terry Gilliam’s THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE, and more!
 
September 20 – 27, 2018 – Austin, TX
Sources: Fantastic Fest/The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
 Austin, TX – Thursday, September 13, 2018 – 
Fantastic Fest promises an explosive grand finale with the Texas Premiere of Drew Goddard’s outrageously entertaining mystery-thriller BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE. Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption… before everything goes to hell. Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson and Cynthia Erivo lead an all-star cast in BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE.

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Review: PEPPERMINT

By Laurie Coker
Rating: D

Jennifer Garner and her relationship with Ben Affleck has been tabloid fodder for a long while now. Even before the vultures of heartbreak news took hold, Garner’s made a name for herself. As the star of the long-running television hit, Alias, and more recently as the face of Capital One credit cards, Garner’s beauty has made her recognizable and hot. Regardless, in her latest film, Peppermint, Garner committed as ever, cannot distract from the gratuitous blood-baths, overt racial stereotypes, and limp storyline. Director Pierre Morel and screenwriter Chad St. John opt for violence over substance. Read more »

Review: THE WIFE

By Mark Saldana 

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

Behind every great man, stands either an equally great or even superior mate.  On the surface of this indie drama, that saying would appear to be the central theme.  However, as the film reveals, the saying can hold true whether or not said man is actually all that great.  Based on the novel of the same name by Meg Wolitzer, The Wife deals with the gender politics of both marital and professional varieties.  With impressive writing, solid direction and tremendous performances by leads Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce, this intelligent and engaging film is one not to miss. Read more »

Review: PEPPERMINT

By Mark Saldana 

Rating: 2.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

Jennifer Garner brings a fiery intensity to her lead role in Peppermint, a film that also delivers some incendiary action sequences.  However, these positive elements are simply not enough to elevate this movie above the average revenge flick.  An undercooked script with underdeveloped characters keeps this violent and visceral film from achieving the heights of the Kill Bill‘s and John Wicks.  Don’t get me wrong, Peppermint is an entertaining piece of cinema, but one that doesn’t quite  deserve big time box office money. Read more »