THE MENU – Review by Clotilde Chinnici

The Menu movie dishes are carefully planned and prepared by Chef Julian Slowik, with each dish offering a specific meaning and commentary on the food industry and wealthy clientele. The courses served throughout The Menu foreshadow the dark and deadly outcome of the dinner experience, revealing Chef Slowik’s plan to kill everyone in the end. The significance behind each dish highlights themes such as the fleeting nature of human life, the futility of pursuing perfection, and the insecurities of toxic masculinity.

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THE MENU – Review by Susan Granger

One of the most bizarrely absurd thrillers of the year, The Menu skewers pretentious ‘foodies’ and the ‘fine dining’ they crave. A group of privileged epicureans pay $1,250 per person to travel to a windswept coastal island in the Pacific Northwest for what they believe will be a unique gastronomic experience at an exclusive restaurant called Hawthorne, run by a world-renowned chef. As the evening unfolds, there are many unexpected, unduly malevolent surprises for the stunned guests as multi-layered secrets are revealed and tension mounts.

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VIOLENT NIGHT – Review by TJ Callahan

Violent Night is Die Hard meets Home Alone. Our favorite Christmas flicks are mashed up in a night of mayhem with a less than sober Santa slaying the day. Parents, don’t let your kids sit on this Santa’s lap, but if you’re in the mood to get your own tinsel in a tassel, Violent Night gets a 7. It may be a new holiday tradition!

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THE MENU – Review by T.J. Callahan

The Menu is a multi course meal full of meaty madness served up rare…as in bloody. It’s Get Out meets Hell’s Kitchen. No one will be allowed to pack their knives and go when a sadistic chef, played by Ralph Fiennes, invites a group of foodies to his exclusive restaurant on a secluded island to stir their pots and make their blood boil. There are no substitutions. All the guests are there for a reason…they upset the chef at one time or another and he’s ready for revenge.

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CRITICAL THINKING – Review by Leslie Combemale

The joy and pride that permeate this story of chess coach T. Martinez’ intellectual heroism in Critical Thinking are like a healing salve to the bleakness of our news cycle. That we can be inspired by a teacher and kids who rise above a system built to deny them, is all the reason we need to celebrate the film.

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