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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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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MS WHITE LIGHT – Review by Sarah Ward

Ms. White Light focuses on a woman whose life revolves around the death of others. Ruminatively penned by writer/director Paul Shoulberg, the narrative presents a few basic truths about humanity that are rarely admitted in such a frank fashion: that death is hard and messy, that most people don’t want to deal with it, and that many opt out when confronted by serious and terminal illnesses suffered by even their nearest and dearest.

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BEFORE YOU KNOW IT – Review by Martha K Baker

Some films need to be seen, not for their polish but for their practice. Before You Know It is one of those films that had promise and that delivers on some of that promise. The director and writer and actors went to workshops, and everyone added curiosity and kindness to the process.

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