Commentary

Dec 31 2016

21 Films To Watch From 2016

By Michael Parsons Hello readers, and Happy New Year! Cutting right to the chase this year, here are 21 films you should put on your list from 2016 (in no particular order). Enjoy! Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — So now you’ve seen “Rogue One”, the first stand-alone “Star Wars” film. It’s another year […]
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Dec 31 2016

Review: “Arrival”

Let’s talk about “Arrival”. Brought to you by one of my favorite working directors, Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners”, “Sicario”), this sociopolitically fueled sci-fi flick might best be described at the “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” for millennials. Writer Eric Heisserer has cooked one of the most intelligent screenplays of the year, developed from Nebula Awarding-winning […]
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Dec 31 2016

Review: “The Jungle Book”

Jon Favreau has his passion projects, and then he has his passion projects. Take his last film, “Chef”, a fairly light under-the-radar dramedy with the writer/director in the starring role as a sought after culinary wizard who departs from a trendy high-end restaurant to open a food truck. Now look at “The Jungle Book”, an […]
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Dec 30 2016

Review: “Manchester By The Sea”

If 2016 gave us an unforgettable drama, it was “Manchester By The Sea”. Since “Gone Baby, Gone” (directed by his older brother Ben), Casey Affleck has seemed to fly just under the radar, comfortably nestled in his niche of challenging dramatic/indie roles, nary a rom-com nor comic book flick on his résumé. This film is […]
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Sep 23 2016

THE 11th ANNUAL SPOOKY MOVIE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

THE 11th ANNUAL SPOOKY MOVIE INTERNATIONAL HORROR FILM FESTIVAL  October 5-9, 2016 For ten years, October has belonged to the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival. The festival that brought the DC area such films as THE BABADOOK, EXISTS, TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, HE NEVER DIED, HOUSEBOUND, and THE FINAL GIRLS–-holds its 11th annual event […]
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Aug 27 2016

On VOD: “Killer Party” Review

Originally entitled “The Shower” when I reviewed it at Spooky Movie Festival 2014, this off-kilter outbreak thriller from first-time feature writer/director Alex Drummond comes across with the type of sardonic humor that treads the line between comedy and horror (more often catering to the former). A more than serviceable genre crossover in the vein of “Shaun of the Dead”, […]
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