Movie Review: The Vault

@RenZelen reviews...Director: Dan BushWriters: Dan Bush, Conal ByrneStarring: James Franco, Taryn Manning, Francesca Eastwood, Scott Haze, Q'Orianka Waira Qoiana Kilcher, Clifton Collins Jr. Jeff Gum, Keith LonekerReviewWriter/director Dan Bush (The Signal, 2007) says of his new film, The Vault, that his vision was to make a movie where ‘Heist meets horror’. He couches this ambition... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: The Limehouse Golem

@RenZelen reviews...Director: Juan Carlos MedinaWriters: Peter Ackroyd (novel), Jane Goldman (screenplay)Starring: Olivia Cooke, Bill Nighy, Douglas Booth, Eddie Marsan, María Valverde, Sam ReidReviewThe Limehouse Golem is an adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s 1994 novel “Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem” (in the U.S. “The Trial of Elizabeth Cree”) and is the first English-language feature of director... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: Death Note

Death Note...Director: Adam WingardWriters: Charley Parlapanides (screenplay), Vlas Parlapanides (screenplay), Jeremy Slater (screenplay) - Based on Death Note by Tsugumi Ôba and Takeshi ObataStarring: Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham, Paul Nakauchi, Masi Oka, Jason LilesReviewBased on the Manga by Tsugumi Ôba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note is a huge franchise... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: The Autopsy of Jane Doe

@RenZelen reviews...Director: André ØvredalWriters: Ian Goldberg, Richard NaingStarring: Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond, Olwen Kelly, Michael McElhatton, Jane PerryReviewThe concept of the ‘beautiful female corpse’ is by no means a new idea in the realm of gothic horror. In fact, it has been a stalwart of the genre since it began. Edgar Allan Poe... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: It Comes At Night

@RenZelen reviews...Director: Trey Edward ShultsWriter: Trey Edward ShultsStarring: Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr. Christopher Abbott, Riley Keough, Griffin Robert FaulknerReviewDeceptively titled and oddly mis-marketed as a horror movie, Trey Edward Shults’s second feature It Comes at Night, might much more appropriately be viewed as a ‘post-apocalyptic psychological family drama’.I’m often loath to place... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: Shut In

@RenZelen reviews...Director: Farren BlackburnWriter: Christina HodsonStarring: Naomi Watts, Charlie Heaton, Jacob Tremblay, Oliver Platt, Clémentine Poidatz, David Cubitt, Peter OuterbridgeReviewNaomi Watts stars in Shut In, a workman-like thriller which is the debut feature from TV director Farren Blackburn and screenwriter Christina Hodson.Watts plays Mary Portman, who lives and works as a child psychologist in a... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: The Love Witch

The Love Witch...Director: Anna BillerWriter: Anna BillerStarring: Samantha Robinson, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Laura Waddell, Gian Keys, Robert Seeley, Jared SanfordReviewThe Love Witch is Anna Biller’s second feature film, and, as in her debut VIVA, it references the style of ’60s and ’70s cinema. Produced, written, directed, and edited by Biller, she also acts as production... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: A Cure For Wellness

@RenZelen reviews...Director: Gore VerbinskiWriters: Justin Haythe, Gore VerbinskiStarring: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Ivo Nandi, Adrian Schiller, Celia Imrie, Harry GroenerReviewWhat a delightful coincidence that the young actress in Gore Verbinski’s latest feature A Cure for Wellness should be named Mia Goth. Never has an appellation been more appropriate.A Cure for Wellness proves to... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: I Am Not A Serial Killer

@RenZelen reviews...Director: Billy O'BrienWriters: Christopher Hyde, Billy O'Brien (based on the Novel by Dan Wells)Starring: Max Records, Laura Fraser, Christopher Lloyd, Karl Geary, Christina Baldwin, Lucy Lawton ReviewSixteen-year-old Midwesterner John Wayne Cleaver (Max Records) has issues. He is avoided by his classmates and treated warily by most adults because he is unashamedly obsessed with serial... Continue Reading →

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