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This summer, Oscar® winner Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on the blood-chilling urban legend that your friend’s older sibling probably told you about at a sleepover: Candyman. Rising filmmaker Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) directs this contemporary incarnation of the cult classic. For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; HBO’s Watchmen, Us) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph), move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials.

Run time: 0m Tagline: Dare To Say His Name Release: 2020-06-11

Stars: Carl Clemons-Hopkins Cassie Kramer Cedric Mays Colman Domingo Kyle Kaminsky Nathan Stewart-Jarrett Rebecca Spence Teyonah Parris Tony Todd Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Ready or Not is a dark comedy horror starring Australian actress #SamaraWeaving. Weaving is an ex Home and Away star who seems to be making a bit of a break into Hollywood now. It’s rare you would talk about someone’s performance in a movie of this genre, but without her at the centre I feel this could have gone quite south.⁣

⁣The film is certainly fun and entertaining. The #ReadyorNot premise surrounds the classic tale of the elites hunting the less fortunate. It’s very Get Out without the smarts. In this case a family who has made their fortune from the games industry have an initiation game for any newcomers to the family. The game could be Checkers or Chess, but it could also be a deadly version of Hide and Seek. I think we all know which card Grace picks to the terrifying disappointment of her newly wed, Alex.⁣

⁣While the film is fun there’s quite a bit here that doesn’t quite work. A lot of the comedy doesn’t stick well. Like a blunt axe welded through a forest it makes a few marks but doesn’t nearly cut through. I’m also really not sure Andie MacDowell wanted to be part of this game, as she gives a performance so wooden it wood make a lumberjack jealous.⁣

⁣As I say though, Weaving is fabulous and that combined with a truly awesome finale I was definitely content by the end.⁣

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Reviewed by Josh

Plot
A bride's wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.

Run time: 95m Tagline: In-Laws Can Be Murder

Stars: Adam Brody Andie MacDowell Elyse Levesque Henry Czerny John Ralston Kristian Bruun Mark O'Brien Melanie Scrofano Nicky Guadagni Samara Weaving

‘On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.’ That’s the plot outline on #IMDb, and while it’s spot on, Monos is a deep and personal look into a very real threat children in Columbia live with. ‘Mono’ in Spanish is used to refer to a monkey, to a human figure drawn on a paper, to a male toy figurine and to a male with fair skin and light hair. It’s also used to describe something cute.

#Monos is a breathtakingly gorgeous film. The cinematography will have you utterly mesmerised by its genuine beauty. That’s then perfectly married up with a haunting score from Under The Skin composer, Mica Levi. The feeling was one of a Kubrick film of the future. Honestly, the score is sublime and 100% Oscar worthy.

Brazilian writer/director, Alejandro Landes has made 2 previous films. One being a documentary back in 2007, and his first feature in 2011. So he has been taking his time with his 2nd feature film. When the opening credits start rolling I was almost transported back to the first time I saw City of God. It just had that essence about it. Monos is really like nothing I’ve ever seen before, and for the most part no answers are given.

While the film feels completely rooted in its South American heritage, it also feels like it could be of another world, another futuristic post apocalyptic time. On top of the mountain, it feels like a civilisation hidden by the clouds. Like some mushroom induced Jack and The Bean Stalk fable. It’s Lord of the Flies, where military grade weapons and hallucinogens go hand in hand. It’s a story of The Lost Boys of Neverland where Peter Pan is nowhere in sight, probably taken prisoner by another guerrilla group.

Monos is most definitely no easy ride, but it’s absolutely one of the best of year, and one I will be taking again for sure.

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Reviewed by Josh

Plot
On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.

Run time: 103m

Stars: Deibi Rueda Julian Giraldo Julianne Nicholson Karen Quintero Laura Castrillón Moisés Arias Paul Cubides Sneider Castro Sofia Buenaventura Wilson Salazar

After a heist goes awry, a bank robber tries to free his brother from Rikers Island, all in the same night. Starring Rob Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Barkhad Abdi.
 
Visually striking with a nice color palette and the highly suspenseful pacing that has a slight resemblance to aNicolas Winding Refn or early Haneke film. The suspenseful music that plays in nearly every scene is mesmerizing and honestly it's fantastic how original it sounds and it suits the films visuals and story perfectly. The film is not actually about having a good time, but hell it was so realistic and gritty, it was such a thrilling ride.
 
We get another stunning performance from Pattinson who has past his Twilight-career and produced some great performances, see: "The Lost City of Z, The Rover, Cosmopolis and Maps to the Stars". This is by far the best performance from him, I really like the way he gives everything to a role and quite frankly has a very wide range as an actor.
 
Ultimately this film is guaranteed a top 5 spot in my top 5 of the year (2017). I mean this was fantastic and most definitely deserves a higher IMDB-score than it has now. One of the best films I've seen all year (2017). Close to the likes of Blade Runner, Wind River, Dunkirk, Get Out. So surprised how good this actually was. A damn near perfect movie.
 
Movie Review by Roope
 

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Run time: 101m Tagline: Are you ready for a Good Time? Release: 2017-08-11

Stars: Barkhad Abdi Benny Safdie Buddy Duress Eric Paykert Gladys Mathon Jennifer Jason Leigh Necro Peter Verby Robert Pattinson Taliah Webster

Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.

Run time: 0m Tagline: Survival Is Not A Choice Release: 2020-03-18

Stars: Blake DeLong Cillian Murphy Djimon Hounsou Emily Blunt Millicent Simmonds Noah Jupe Okieriete Onaodowan Scott Matheny Silas Pereira-Olson Wayne Duvall

The Report is definitely a decent movie. Adam Driver is fantastic as he always is. Love that guy! This based on true story, investigative thriller centers around the torture reports of the CIA post 9/11. While a little long, there is a lot of information to get through, and it’s all pretty entertaining and interesting. The tension is built nicely throughout, and I would definitely recommend seeing this.⁣

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Reviewed by Josh 

Plot
The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate’s sweeping study into the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden.

Run time: 118m Tagline: Truth matters. Release: 2019-09-12

Stars: Adam Driver Annette Bening Corey Stoll Jon Hamm Linda Powell Maura Tierney Michael C. Hall Sandra Landers Ted Levine Tim Blake Nelson

Do yourself a favour and get in and watch this before the remake with Jake Gyllenhaal gets done. I love these films. In a single setting and in real time, think Tom Hardy’s Locke, Ryan Reynolds in Buried or Colin Farrell’s Phone Booth. I’m always so impressed at how thrilling these can be made. It’s all script and lead performance. So impressive.

There’s twists and turns, and a great lead performance from Jakob Cedergren. It’s tense and thrilling and has your attention from the opening scene. Highly recommend!

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Reviewed by Josh

{Available on SBS OnDemand}

Plot
Police officer Asger Holm, demoted to desk work as an alarm dispatcher, answers a call from a panicked woman who claims to have been kidnapped. Confined to the police station and with the phone as his only tool, Asger races against time to get help and find her.

Run time: 86m Tagline: The crime is bigger than you think Release: 2018-06-14

Stars: Jacob Ulrik Lohmann Jakob Cedergren Jeanette Lindbæk Jessica Dinnage Johan Olsen Katinka Evers-Jahnsen Laura Bro Morten Suurballe Omar Shargawi Simon Bennebjerg

’I used to think that my life was a tragedy, but now I realize, it’s a comedy.’
Todd Phillips has rendered the complete opposite. Known for such comedies as The Hangover, Old School and Starsky & Hutch, Phillips has departed from comedy and has gone full blown tragedy. And he nails it!

I think the best quote in the film, and the one that really shines a light on its message, is something Arthur Fleck writes in his journal. ‘The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don’t.’ Joker, at its core, is not a comic book film, it’s a comprehensive introspection into mental illness.

The feel of the movie, to me, is slightly reminiscent of a Nolan type Batman universe. The sets, the cinematography, the score. With it’s obvious dark undercurrent I felt like this could easily have been a twisted little brother of The Dark Knight trilogy. I think it really fits in, in its own weird way. There are also some questions raised and changes made to the origin story that certainly gives new thought to the Joker and Batman relationship.

The question was asked in regards to Joaquin’s performance up against Heath Ledgers. For me, its incomparable. The story is so different, this era of the Joker’s life, years apart. Years that change and affirm one’s beliefs and actions. Ledger’s Joker is fully fledged, while Joaquin’s is still a far more human Arthur Fleck. That being said, I can definitely see this Joker transforming into The Dark Knight’s Joker, in the years that would pass.

This is 100% my favourite type of comic adaptation. Dark & gritty drama. Like Logan, It’s always a welcomed change. If DC & Warner Brothers are contemplating this angle I’m all for it. Let Marvel do it’s thing. Let’s get wonderfully dark DC!

Joker deserves nothing but 5 stars. With an outstanding Oscar worthy performance at the forefront, it’s an extremely accomplished film that tackles hard & controversial themes. For the comic book fans it gives a dark new interesting take on the origin of Batman’s arch enemy.

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Written by Josh 

Run time: 122m Tagline: Put on a happy face. Release: 2019-10-02

Stars: Bill Camp Brett Cullen Frances Conroy Glenn Fleshler Joaquin Phoenix Josh Pais Leigh Gill Robert De Niro Shea Whigham Zazie Beetz

I honestly didn't mind Underwater. By no means is it a 'good film', but it kept me entertained for the most part. There have been far worse films being released recently, so if you like Kristen Stewart, there's enough here to keep you mildly amused.

Don't come here expecting anything remotely new. Underwater is a blatant copy of a little film franchise you may have heard of called Alien. Right down to Kristen Stewart sporting a shaved head and running around in her underwear. It's definitely hard to disassociate yourself from the 1979 masterpiece, and my only advice would be, don't even try.

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Plot
After an earthquake destroys their underwater station, six researchers must navigate two miles along the dangerous, unknown depths of the ocean floor to make it to safety in a race against time.

Run time: 95m Tagline: 7 Miles Below the Ocean Surface Something Has Awakened Release: 2020-01-08

Stars: Amanda Troop Fiona Rene Gunner Wright Jessica Henwick John Gallagher Jr. Kristen Stewart Mamoudou Athie T. J. Miller Vincent Cassel

Tigers Are Not Afraid is a Mexican horror from 2017, that is kindred to The Devil’s Backbone. This exciting new director creates a dark fairytale spin,to tell the horrific story of the real effects of The Cartel in Mexico.

Tigers Are Not Afraid is well worth your time if you like fantasy horror. Released onto Shudder in 2019, it’s reminiscent of Del Toro’s style, so there’s no wonder he liked it so much. With the fantasy element added, It’s something a little different, but it never gets in the way of the harrowing consequences the drug world causes in Mexico.

The child actors are all excellent, turning in very believable performances. Especially for the fact that none of them had acted before.

Wonderfully shot, creating a beautifully dark and touching tale that feels fantastical and real at the same time.

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Written by Josh (FilmNotions)

Plot
A dark fairy tale about a gang of five children trying to survive the horrific violence of the cartels and the ghosts created every day by the drug war.

Run time: 83m Release: Available on SHUDDER

Stars: Benny Emmanuel Hanssel Casillas Ianis Guerrero Juan Ramón López Nery Arredondo Paola Lara Rodrigo Cortes Tenoch Huerta

The Safdie F*#king Brothers! Wow! Again, they smash it out of the park, with this anxiety fuelled thrill ride, featuring Adam Sandler like you've never seen him before. This performance should definitely be in the conversation surrounding the best performances of the year. No doubt!
Uncut Gems is a NO holds barred thriller that doesn't give you a second to catch your breath.

Obviously we all saw and loved Good Time a few years ago. This really cemented Josh & Benny Safdie as directors to watch with intent. If you haven't seen their previous film, Heaven Knows What, I highly recommend sourcing it out. While not as polished as their more recent films, it certainly has the hallmarks they are becoming known for. Heaven Knows What is definitely the most raw film they've done, and it's impressive to see what they can do with a tiny budget.

What the Safdie brothers do so well, is they create an ultra realistic setting, and just drop you in. Set in a Midtown New York Jewellery markets, Howard is an owner and trader. He also seems to have a gambling and money problem that’s catching up with him fast. He’s chasing a big win to try and pay back some heavy hitters.

You’re thrown straight into the environmental chaos the Diamond District of New York has to offer. The setting is frantic and with a technique of having dialogue overlapping dialogue it gives you the sense that it's all ad libbed. It feels like it can't be scripted, edging you into a false pretense of realism. The film doesn’t let up either, building the tension with dramatic effect.

Adam Sandler is as I said, outstanding. Playing the edge of loveable and loathsome with perfection. Julia Fox, a first time actor is another real highlight of this film. She plays Howard’s girlfriend and she really shines whenever she’s on screen. Amazing find by the Safdie’s.

Uncut Gems is a thrilling ride! A tense, frenetic, emotionally charged thrill ride, that only when the credits role, will you notice you haven’t had enough oxygen in the last 2 hrs 15. Time to breathe!!

One of the best films of 2019

Hits Netflix (except US) Jan 31 2020

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Reviewed By Josh (FilmNotions)

Nick Says (NicksFlixFix)
This movie was even better the second time around.
The insanity of a the first viewing can definitely be a lot to take in, but now with the chance to really focus in on the story... fuck this movie is a thrill ride!
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POSTER DESIGN by

Zachary Gonzalez
Instagram: (fullbl0om)

Run time: 135m Tagline: This is how I win. Release: 31-01-20 (Netflix)

Stars: Adam Sandler Idina Menzel John Amos Judd Hirsch Julia Fox Kevin Garnett Lakeith Stanfield The Weeknd Tilda Swinton Trinidad James

And the history making Best Picture Oscar goes to Parasite. The first non-english language film ever to win the main award! Also taking out Best International Feature and Best Director & Best Original Screenplay.

Review
Parasite is satirical, darkly funny, shocking, exciting, horrifying, introspective, analyzing and deeply enjoyable.

It's a great look into the class-systems of South Korea as we follow a poor family's hustle into the lives of a rich family.

At 2hr 12mins, it's paced well enough to consistently keep you intrigued as the story and characters develop.

The script is superb. The cinematography and direction is flawless. If you're a fan of foreign cinema, you'll love it. If you're a fan of great movies, you'll love it.

Please watch this and show that we as consumers want more cool shit like this!

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Reviewed by Nick (NickFlicksFix)


Roope Says

Many incredibly stunning shots, the colors of the 2 different worlds, dividing the wealthy from the poor, was totally powered by outstanding cinematography. Tremendous acting and yet again flawless directing from Mr.Bong. Thus far, this is the best film i’ve had the pleasure to watch all year. A masterpiece, simply put. Highly recommended, even if you are allergic to subtitles. This film demands to be seen.
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Plot
All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.

POSTER DESIGN By
Marie Bergeron (mb_illustrations)
You can buy prints @ mbstore

Run time: 132m Tagline: Act like you own the place.

Stars: Chang Hyae-jin Cho Yeo-jeong Choi Woo-shik Jung Hyeon-jun Jung Ji-so Lee Jung-eun Lee Sun-kyun Park Myung-hoon Park So-dam Song Kang-ho

The Lodge is a new psychological thriller that, in the best way, borrows from films like Hereditary, It Comes At Night and The Shining, but at the same time carves out a personality all of its own. The Lodge is unsettling, disturbing, and wickedly moody.

A family heads to their winter cabin for Christmas, as part of a 'get to know you' for the kids and the new girlfriend, Grace. Grace (Riley Keough) has a dark past, and the kids really don't trust her. When they arrive at the lodge, something isn't right, and when the Dad (Richard Armitage) has to leave for work, everyone starts feeling it's effects. But, It's not what you first expect.

One of the reasons The Lodge works so well, and there are many, is how it takes it's time to set the mood and tone for the film, while being intriguing and entertaining. There's a brilliant use of sound, which will inevitably make you jump out of your seat a few times, and the film is beautifully and meticulously shot. I really loved how this looked, and this is where the comparisons to It Comes At Night come from.

Austrian writer/director duo, Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz previously brought us Goodnight Mommy. While I enjoyed Goodnight Mommy, it was partially ruined for me by 'Scariest Movie Ever' tropes it was receiving at the time. I didn't find it scary at all, and definitely found it more of a mood piece. This is what Fiala and Franz do and they do it well. With The Lodge they have created a film that is again a slow burn, yet it never drags. Not once did my mind go elsewhere.

Riley Keough is excellent in this. There's more than a couple of layers to her character and she plays them with ease. The two children actors, Jaeden Martell as Aidan, and Lia McHugh as Mia are also great. We've seen Martell before in Midnight Special, It 1 & 2, and more recently in Knives Out, but it was Lia McHugh (see her in the upcoming, Eternals) that really stood out. She is exceptional in this. She has some confronting scenes and she nails them all!

I really liked this film. It's overall tone and mood get under your skin in the best possible way, and I really didn't see where it was ending up.

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Reviewed by Josh 

Nick Says - It's part Hereditary, part The Shining, part It Comes At Night. But it's entirely disturbing, creepy and haunting. Stunning imagery, claustrophobic cinematography and an amazing performance from Riley Keough. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Run time: 100m Tagline: You're not welcome here.

Stars: Alicia Silverstone Danny Keough Jaeden Martell Katelyn Wells Lia McHugh Lola Reid Rebecca Faulkenberry Richard Armitage Riley Keough

Note to cinemas. They need to start installing seat belts in cinemas, because this gives new meaning to being on the edge of your seat. Be careful! Don't fall off.

I was super keen for this as soon as I watched the first trailer. I LOVED Upgrade, and Elisabeth Moss is always great at bringing something different to the table. So going in my expectations were fairly high, and this exceeded them…. by a lot. The tension that is created in this horror/thriller is brilliant and undeniable. It's methodical build and purposefully slow camera work really gets under your skin, and puts you on high alert. It's truly brilliant. Also the sound design and score are exceptional. See this somewhere with great surround sound!

Performance wise, Moss is always superb in my books, and this is no different. She's so believable, so rooted in her character. The film most certainly works in big part, due to her harrowing portrayal of a women escaping a violent relationship.

Leigh Whannell, coming off the back of the electrical effort that was Upgrade, has put another foot firmly forward with this remake of The Invisible Man. Making this film for $7M is an astonishing effort. I almost don't believe it. The production is stunning. Whannell seemed to have a almost impossible task ahead of him and he has 100% delivered.

This is suspense at it's best! This is horror at its smartest. Just go see this film!! I really don't think you will be disappointed. Unless you have a heart condition or something. Then, this comes with a warning.

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Movie Review by Josh https://www.instagram.com/film_notions/

Plot
When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

Run time: 110m Tagline: What You Can't See Can Hurt You

Stars: Aldis Hodge Amali Golden Anthony Brandon Wong Benedict Hardie Bianca Pomponio Elisabeth Moss Harriet Dyer Oliver Jackson-Cohen Storm Reid Zara Michales

Quick Bite-sized Review
Stylistically, Motherless Brooklyn fits the 'crime-noir' genre well. It's got the brooding voice-over, the production design is vintage 60s and Norton's direction leans heavily into making the movie feel like the crime films of it's time.

It definitely feels like a first time directorial efforts. There is a mix-match of tones when it comes to certain shots, editing and song choices. And the film drags on a lot with its 140 minute run time. 

This movie isn't great, but it's made me interested in what Norton could do next.

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Reviewed by Nick (NicksFlicksFix)

Plot
Lionel Essrog, a private detective living with Tourette syndrome, ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and best friend — a mystery that carries him from the gin-soaked jazz clubs of Harlem to the slums of Brooklyn to the gilded halls of New York's power brokers.

Run time: 144m Release: 2019-10-31

Stars: Alec Baldwin Bobby Cannavale Bruce Willis Edward Norton Ethan Suplee Gugu Mbatha-Raw Josh Pais Leslie Mann Michael Kenneth Williams Willem Dafoe