FEAR STREET – Review by Maitland McDonagh

Based on young-adult powerhouse novelist R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books and pitched somewhere between homage and pastiche, the three-segment Fear Street is much ado about nothing, an ostensible tribute to horror movies of the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s that amounts to little more than a bunch of shallow shout-outs to movies that helped redefine the conventions of mainstream horror movies.

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GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE – Review by Leslie Combemale

Gunpower Milkshake is proof that you can have five talented, compelling actors acting the hell out of themselves and it still won’t make up for a one-dimensional derivative script. I’d still crawl through teargas to see Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, and Carla Gugino in an assassin sisterhood, but it’s a real disappointment they didn’t have a script that could leverage their combined star power and thespian skill.

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THE KOMINSKY METHOD: Season 3 – Review by Susan Granger

This third – and final – season finds Sandy mourning the death of his friend Norman and serving as Executor of Norman’s estate. Drinks and dinner at their favorite hangout, Musso and Frank’s, will never be the same. There’s lots of laughter – fun and sentimental – amid the pathos, which the cast is obviously enjoying. Sadly, the condensed six-episode season left me wanting more, yet knowing this is the final chapter.

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MELODY HURD on FATHERHOOD, childhood acting and success – Leslie Combemale interviews

Nine year old actor Melody Hurd plays Kevin Hart ‘s daughter in Fatherhood, based Matt Logelin’s memoir about the challenges of single parenthood and grief after his wife died only hours after his daughter was born. Leslie Combemale asked the enthusiastic young actor a few questions about performing in her first feature film.

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ARMY OF THE DEAD – Review by Susan Granger

The opening sequence of Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead reveals how ‘patient zero,’ the result of military experimentation, escaped outside of Las Vegas, now beset by carnage. Although he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for saving the U.S. Defense secretary during a zombie outbreak, Scott Ward is stuck flipping burgers in a diner.

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THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW – Review by Susan Granger

Occasionally, there’s a book-to-film adaptation that is an utter disaster. Netflix’ The Woman in the Window is one. Based on A.J. Finn’s 2018 best-seller, it’s set on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in the huge home of Anna Fox (Amy Adams), a child psychologist who became agoraphobic after a traumatic accident.

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STOWAWAY – Review by Susan Granger

Set sometime in the future when interplanetary travel is possible, Joe Penna’s sci-fi thriller poses provocative moral questions when an accidental stowaway compromises a vessel’s oxygen supply. As the story begins, the Kingfisher crew – working for a company called Hyperion – blasts off for a two-year mission to Mars. Not long after takeoff, they discover a terrified interloper, a launch support engineer who was trapped in an overhead compartment.

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