[ICYMI] Unsung Story: An Interview with Aaron Bear, Director of Yes I Am: The Ric Weiland Story

[ICYMI] Unsung Story: An Interview with Aaron Bear, Director of Yes I Am: The Ric Weiland Story

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the term "unsung hero" was tossed around a lot, as average yet extraordinary people struggled to find alternative means of survival because the government failed to protect them.

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Entertaining Retreat a horrific weekend of catharsis and survival

Entertaining Retreat a horrific weekend of catharsis and survival

Renee (Tommie-Amber Pirie) and Valerie (Sarah Allen) set out on a road trip to a secluded cabin in the woods for a shindig with a couple of friends about to tie the knot. The two have been dating for some time, and they're at that point in their relations

Malevolent Djinn lacking in magic

Malevolent Djinn lacking in magic

Even though it carries an R rating, The Djinn would be a pretty decent "gateway horror" flick for older kids who enjoy reading the works of Alvin Schwartz or R.L. Stine. Set in 1989, the film follows Dylan Jacobs (Ezra Dewey), a mute 12-year-old who has j

Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival delivers excellence in its 16th year

Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival delivers excellence in its 16th year

As a film lover of a Transgender experience, it was hard not to enjoy the diverse offerings and events this year at Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival, produced by Three Dollar Bill Cinema, the geniuses behind the annual Seattle Queer Film Fe

Spiral a gruesomely familiar 'Jigsaw' puzzle

Spiral a gruesomely familiar 'Jigsaw' puzzle

Like a combination of a grimy 1990s police procedural and the long-running series of horror films from which it is spun off that helped bring the term "torture porn" into the cinematic lexicon, Spiral: From the Book of Saw is a mixed bag of gruesomely blo

Frustrating Wrath of Man a violently ambitious misfire

Frustrating Wrath of Man a violently ambitious misfire

Guy Ritchie's Wrath of Man has a lot going for it. The film reteams the director with star Jason Statham for the first time in 15 years, and the actor responds by giving his best, most broodingly intense performance in ages. It offers up punchy, well-chor

Punchy Without Remorse is an action-filled throwback

Punchy Without Remorse is an action-filled throwback

Amazon Prime Video After his wife and unborn child are murdered and he is critically injured in an assassination attempt, decorated Navy SEAL Sr. Chief John Kelly (Michael B. Jordan) is determined to find out who wanted him dead and why. After completing

New Mortal Kombat a brutal and bloody disappointment

New Mortal Kombat a brutal and bloody disappointment

There is a moment in the new Mortal Kombat where I wished I could have watched the film in a sold-out auditorium on opening night. There's this beat that happens right before the titanic confrontation everyone has been waiting for. An iconic catchphrase i

Quietly intimate Limbo a humorously truthful marvel

Quietly intimate Limbo a humorously truthful marvel

Limbo sticks with you long after the screen fades to black. For my part, I knew I enjoyed the sophomore feature-length outing by writer-director Ben Sharrock (Pikadero); I just didn't realize how much until a couple of days later. I couldn't get facets of

Trust and collaboration: Filmmaker Ben Sharrock on rising to the challenge with his hard-hitting refugee drama Limbo

Trust and collaboration: Filmmaker Ben Sharrock on rising to the challenge with his hard-hitting refugee drama Limbo

Ben Sharrock's Limbo is a work of ethereal beauty. Funny, charming, moving, tragic, and emotionally pure, this marvelous gem of an immigration drama is as irresistible as it is unforgettable.

Haunted house drama The Banishing a supernatural disappointment

Haunted house drama The Banishing a supernatural disappointment

Can a 30-second scene right at the tail end of a motion picture derail what had been up to that point 90 minutes of solidly creepy, emotionally authentic, old-school haunted house fun? Christopher Smith's suitably atmospheric supernatural suspense yarn Th

Gory County Hell is a goofy good time

Gory County Hell is a goofy good time

The claim to fame for the tiny Irish township of Six Mile Hill is that it is the fabled gravesite for Abhartach. Local lore is that this demonic villain was the true vampire that inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula.

Niceness prevails in heroically silly Thunder Force

Niceness prevails in heroically silly Thunder Force

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