RENFIELD – Review by Susan Granger

For many years, Nicolas Cage refused to play Dracula, turning down major studio films but – now – he’s the legendary, bloodthirsty Count in Renfield. He doesn’t star in this thriller/horror comedy. Instead, the grisly story revolves around Robert Montague Renfield (Nicholas Hoult), Count Dracula’s long-suffering servant – a.k.a. “familiar” – whose job is to bring the infamous Transylvanian vampire fresh victims while he keeps up his super-strength by eating insects. Renfield first appears at a church group therapy session in present-day New Orleans. Coaxed by the support group’s leader, he confesses, “I am in a destructive relationship.”

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RENFIELD – Review by T. J. Callahan

If Quentin Tarantino and Mel Brooks collaborated on a script it would be Renfield. The film is a satirical take on characters from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but with enough blood sucked and spilled to make The Inglorious Bastards anemic. There are more multiple dismemberments per frame in any flick so far this year and the film is only 90 minutes. John Wick is jealous.

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PIG – Review by Susan Granger

Nicolas Cage delivers a heartfelt, realistic performance as shaggy, grizzled Robin ‘Rob’ Feld, a mysterious truffle-hunter who lives alone in a cabin deep in the Oregon wilderness with his beloved pig. One night, when his rustic hut is invaded, Rob is badly beaten and his prized pig is stolen. Determined to find and rescue his treasured friend, anguished Rob takes a road trip into Portland, where he’s forced to confront his past.

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PIG – Review by Diane Carson

Writer/director Michael Sarnoski’s feature Pig is a meditative, cinematic poem on loneliness, love, and loss. It unfolds through a powerful blend of hallucinatory, surrealistic scenes juxtaposed with realistic, unnerving confrontations. Expressionistic lighting and emotionally evocative sound add to the impact of a presentation teeming with food and nature metaphors, all enhanced by minimal, yet consequential dialogue.

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COLOR OUT OF SPACE – Review by Susan Granger

Inspired by a 1927 H.P. Lovecraft short story, this sci-fi terror tale revolves around former city dwellers – Nathan (Nicolas Cage) and Theresa (Joely Richardson) Gardner – who have moved to the country with their three children: Lavinia (Madeline Arthur), Benny (Brendan Meyer) and Jack (Jullian Hilliard). Sound relatable?

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BETWEEN WORLDS – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

With critics and audiences barely able to catch their breath after Mandy – the intoxicating delight that was Panos Cosmatos’s spectacular exercise in woman-centred world-building – Maria Pulera’s Between Worlds has shown that when it comes to the oft-cited Nicolas Cage renaissance, the actor has only just begun.

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