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19th April
2019
written by Adam

Social worker Anna (Linda Cardellini) finds herself and her two children, Chris and Samantha (Roman Christou and Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen) in the crosshairs of an old folkloric curse, that of La Llorona (Marisol Ramirez). As legend has it, stricken with grief from her husband’s infidelity, La Llorona killed her entire family including her two young sons and now walks the earth as a damned soul in search of new children to replace her own. Thwarting the evil will not be easy, in fact, that will take the help of former priest Rafael (Raymond Cruz), is it already too late? Directed by Michael Chaves and Written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis and produced by James Wan, this shifting of focus in the “Conjuring Universe” to other unexplored evils makes for an interesting premise and setup but ultimately falls flat in delivery past Act II, especially once the monster is out of the box and logical decisions gravitate towards stupidity. There’s also one eyebrow raised at the lukewarm concept of the Conjuring Universe, while not an idea D.O.A., there’s a question of necessity, and or the thought it might actually weaken the overall product potential or reception, time will tell. On the positive, the ensemble gives a strong effort to keep the ship afloat despite the overall thin source material, and, wrapping up in a merciful 93 minutes, you could do worse. Rated R, despite lack of blood, nudity or strong language, Wan Lite, this is The Curse of La Llorona.

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5th April
2019
written by Adam

Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two children relocate from the hustle and bustle of Boston to rural Maine. At peace for just a moment, the family’s new home and property begins to sour with the discovery of a strange burial ground located in the woods nearby. Meanwhile, friendly neighbor, Jud (John Lithgow), offers his assistance in welcoming the new family, but also offers a warning, sometimes dead is better.Based on Stephen King’s Novel with screenplay by Matt Greenburg and directed by Kevin K├Âlsch and Dennis Widmyer, this retelling of a now classic tale brings a thorough haunt with effective terrors and startles of a rural dark ride. Aptly handled by the ensemble, the delve into King’s psychological terror induces the audience quickly, even with telegraphed punches in clear sight. And note for fans of 1989’s Pet Sematary, yes, sufficient modifications are made to obscure and a keep the creep factor high enough for a fresh return, and somehow, perhaps also a little closer to the spirit of the original text? Prepare to get uncomfortable in your seat, the evil is back to stay. Pet Sematary is rated R.

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5th April
2019
written by Adam

Runaway foster child Billy Batson (Asher Angel) appears to be the least likely candidate to inherit the traits of the Great Wizard Shazam (Djimon Hounsou), but, desperate times call for desperate measures; and, when the seven deadly sins escape back to earth through a man possessed (Mark Strong), Billy’s number is up. Presto chango, in the blink of an eye Billy becomes Shazam (Zachary Levi), a fully grown man in the best version of himself he can be; unfortunately, his mind has yet to catch up. Awkward teenage years in the body of a superhero, explaining this to the foster home should be interesting, but first, stopping the evils of the seven deadly sins before the downfall of man, simple stuff…yeah right. Written by Henry Gayden and Directed by David Sandberg, this quirky and off beat launch sits in an odd place in the halls of cinematic graphic novels, combining one part Tom Hank’s Big, with two parts DC comic lore and a dash of Roman mythology, baking up into a strangely layered cake unable to stick the landing on the laughter dismount mat; and, overstaying its welcome by quite a bit, runtime is two hours and twelve minutes. With tighter editing we could easily lose 15 minutes and be no worse for the wear. Regardless, the goof factor runs high and despite the tonal challenges otherwise, the general consensus is “it’s fun.” At least DC can laugh at themselves? Perhaps a matinee or rental later, Shazam! is rated PG-13.

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