As the world advances in its technology, ridesharing services like Uber rise in popularity. While Uber feels safer as you can see the profile of who’s picking you up, you may never truly know your driver. Or, for that matter, you may never truly know your passenger. That is the starting point of the new psychological horror film from Michael Nader, The Toll, where Cami (Jordan Hayes, who also produces) is coming home from a trip and, instead of asking her father to come get her, decides to get in an Uber-adjacent for her hour-long trip home. That’s where the socially awkward Spencer (Max Topplin, who also produces) comes into play.
Set in the year 2524, where the galaxy is separated into three main colonies (Earth, Zafdie and Ellora), Cosmic Sins starts when a colonist makes first contact with a new alien civilization. Fearing the worst after the aliens make their way back to Earth as stowaways, a ragtag team of soldiers – including disgraced soldier James Ford (Bruce Willis) – go to the planet Ellora to stop an interstellar war before it starts.
Directed by: Setsurô Wakamatsu. Starring: Ken Watanabe, Kôichi Satô, Riho Yoshioka. Runtime: 2h. On March 11, 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was struck by an earthquake and tsunami. The tsunami causes the situation, but the film Fukushima 50 is about the aftermath; where the workers at the power plant fought to prevent nuclear [...]
Ryan Murphy, showrunner of American Horror Story, revisits some of his Glee roots by directing The Prom, a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name. The story features a troupe of self-obsessed theater stars wanting to find a cause to make themselves feel better. They settle on a small conservative town in Indiana in support of a high school girl, Emma (Jo Ellen Pellman), who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom.
In Chick Fight, Malin Akerman's Anna discovers her late mother's fight club when Anna is at rock bottom. She trains and with misguided confidence challenges the film's villain, Olivia (Bella Thorne) to a fight. This starts one of the most boring underdog stories I've ever seen, with flat acting and a lot, a LOT of slow-motion. Read more to learn why you should skip it.
Directed by: Josh Greenbaum. Starring: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, Jamie Dornan. Runtime: 1h 47 min. Released: February 12, 2021 (available on Premium On Demand). Mild spoilers follow. These days, it seems so difficult to be surprised by a film, especially when major plot points are spoiled in the trailer. From watching the trailer for Barb [...]
In the latest social media satire, the Shudder Original, Shook, it features fitting use of the title. After a social media influencer, Genelle (played by real-life influencer Genelle Seldon) is murdered in the opening scene by a serial killer, our main character Mia (Daisye Tutor), in reaction to the news says, deadpan to her livestream, “I’m shook.”
She then monologues that this is a time for selfless acts, so she’s going to babysit Chico, a dog owned by her sister Nicole (Emily Goss), instead of going to a livestream with her friends. These bits of satire are solid, and some are funny – especially the opening scene when Mia and Genelle are being photographed on the red carpet for their followers, only for it to be revealed they’re on a makeshift red carpet against a plain building in an empty parking lot.
Directed by: Emma Seligman. Starring: Rachel Sennott, Molly Gordon, Polly Draper. Runtime: 1h 17 min. This film played at this past weekend’s Reel Love Film Festival as the festival’s closing night film on Feb. 14, 2021. Minor spoilers follow. Shiva Baby follows Danielle (Rachel Sennott), a college student who is put into a unique position [...]
Directed by: Maureen Bharoocha. Starring: Mary Holland, Betsy Sodaro, Olivia Stambouliah. Runtime: 1h 31 min. Golden Arm is currently playing as part of the Reel Love Film Fest and had its first screening on Feb. 13, 2021. Danny the Dominator (Betsy Sodaro) is at the top of her game of ladies arm wrestling. As she [...]
REEL LOVE FILM FEST review. Funny Face is a bizarre film, one that truly cannot be put in one genre. It’s anarchic and brings the drama in its character study of one of its main characters Saul (Cosmo Jarvis) and brings the crime in Saul donning a mask and wanting vengeance against The Developer (Jonny Lee Miller) who is demolishing Saul’s grandparents’ home to turn it into a parking lot. FUNNY FACE is worth the watch for the two central performances and score; but you'll have to be patient through the hollow moments.