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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Inside the Rain - Movie Review


The Movie: Inside the Rain

The Director: Aaron Fisher

The Cast: Rosie Perez, Eric Roberts, Aaron Fisher, Ellen Toland, Catherine Curtin, Paul Schulze

The Story: Facing expulsion from college over a misunderstanding, a bipolar student indulges his misery at a strip club where he befriends a gorgeous, intelligent, outrageous woman and they hatch a madcap scheme to prove his innocence.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Bacurau - Movie Review


The Movie: Bacurau

The Directors: Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho

The Cast: Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles, Sônia Braga, Udo Kier, Bárbara Colen

The Story: After the death of her grandmother, Teresa comes home to her matriarchal village in a near-future Brazil to find a succession of sinister events that mobilizes all of its residents.

Friday, March 27, 2020

TwoOhSix Picks - Streaming on Shudder


Shudder is a streaming service that focuses on thrillers, suspense, fantasy, and horror films, most of which are smaller indie productions, cult classics, and festival favorites. Right now, they are offering a one month free trial so I have decided to create a list of my favorite films to keep you busy once you sign up. Because why wouldn't you sign up to watch awesome movies free for a whole month?

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Gentlemen (2020) - Movie Review


The Movie: The Gentlemen

The Director: Guy Ritchie

The Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Grant, Jeremy Strong, Colin Farrell, Tom Wu, Eddie Marsan,

The Story: An American expat tries to sell off his highly profitable marijuana empire in London, triggering plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Bloodshot - Movie Review


The Movie: Bloodshot

The Director: Dave Wilson

The Cast: Vin Diesel, Eiza González, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell, Guy Pearce, Lamorne Morris, Talulah Riley, Siddharth Dhananjay

The Story: Ray Garrison, a slain soldier, is re-animated with superpowers.

The Review:
Bloodshot is like a poorly strung together series of poorly made video game cut scenes. The story doesn't make any sense and the visuals effects are terrible. That's it. That's the review.


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Extra Ordinary - 2019 NBFF Movie Review



The Movie: Extra Ordinary

The Directors: Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman

The Cast: Barry Ward, Maeve Higgins, Will Forte, Claudia O’Doherty, Jamie Beamish, Terri Chandler

The Story: Rose has been hiding her supernatural gifts ever since a deadly accident, but now she must take action to save a young girl from being sacrificed to an evil demon from the underworld.

The Hunt (2020) - Movie Review


The Movie: The Hunt

The Director: Craig Zobel

The Cast: Betty Gilpin, Hillary Swank, Ike Barenholtz, Wayne Duvall, Emma Roberts, Amy Madigan, Reed Birney

The Story: Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don't know where they are, or how they got there. They don't know they've been chosen - for a very specific purpose.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Swallow - Movie Review


The Movie: Swallow

The Director: Carlo Mirabella-Davis

The Cast: Haley Bennett, Austin Stowell, Denis O'Hare, Elizabeth Marvel, David Rasche

The Story: Hunter, a newly pregnant housewife, finds herself increasingly compelled to consume dangerous objects. As her husband and his family tighten their control over her life, she must confront the dark secret behind her new obsession.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Burden - Movie Review


The Movie: Burden

The Director: Andrew Heckler

The Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Andrea Riseborough, Forest Whitaker, Crystal Fox, Tom Wilkinson, Tess Harper, Usher Raymond, Austin Hébert, Dexter Darden

The Story: When a museum celebrating the Ku Klux Klan opens in a South Carolina town, the idealistic Reverend Kennedy strives to keep the peace even as he urges the group's Grand Dragon to disavow his racist past.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Onward - Movie Review


The Movie: Onward

The Director: Dan Scanlon

The Cast: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, John Ratzenberger, Ali Wong, Tracey Ullman, Mel Rodriguez

The Story: Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic out there.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Way Back - Movie Review


The Movie: The Way Back

The Director: Gavin O'Connor

The Cast: Ben Affleck, Janina Gavankar, Michaela Watkins, Hayes MacArthur, Da'Vinchi, Lukas Gage, Al Madrigal, Melvin Gregg

The Story: Jack Cunningham was a HS basketball phenom who walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Years later, when he reluctantly accepts a coaching job at his alma mater, he may get one last shot at redemption.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Blood on Her Name - Movie Review


The Movie: Blood On Her Name

The Director: Matthew Pope

The Cast: Bethany Anne Lind, Will Patton, Elisabeth Röhm, Jared Ivers, Jimmy Gonzales, Jack Andrews

The Story: A woman's panicked decision to cover up an accidental killing spins out of control when her conscience demands she return the dead man's body to his family.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Emma (2020) - Movie Review


The Movie: Emma

The Director: Autumn de Wilde

The Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Myra McFadyen, Josh O'Connor, Callum Turner, Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan, Amber Anderson, Miranda Hart, Tanya Reynolds, Suzy Blum, Vanessa M. Owen, Isis Hainsworth

The Story: In 1800s England, a well meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Invisible Man (2020) - Movie Review


The Movie: The Invisible Man

The Director: Leigh Whannell

The Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Michael Dorman. Benedict Hardie, Renee Lim

The Story: When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Disappearance at Clifton Hill - Movie Review


The Movie: The Disappearance at Clifton Hill

The Director: Albert Shin

The Cast: Tuppence Middleton, Hannah Gross, Marie-Josée Croze, Eric Johnson, David Cronenberg, Andy McQueen, Noah Reid, Dan Lett, Aaron Poole

The Story: Follows a troubled young woman returning to her hometown of Niagara Falls, where the memory of a long-ago kidnapping quickly ensnares her.

Friday, February 21, 2020

The Lodge (2020) - Movie Review


The Movie: The Lodge

The Director: Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz

The Cast: Richard Armitage, Riley Keough, Alicia Silverstone, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh

The Story: A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé's two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Assistant - Movie Review


The Movie: The Assistant

The Director: Kitty Green

The Cast: Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen, Makenzie Leigh, Kristine Froseth, Jon Orsini, Noah Robbins

The Story: A searing look at a day in the life of an assistant to a powerful executive. As Jane follows her daily routine, she grows increasingly aware of the insidious abuse that threatens every aspect of her position.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Downhill - Movie Review


The Movie: Downhill

The Director: Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

The Cast: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Will Ferrell, Miranda Otto, Zoe Chao, Zach Woods, Julian Grey, Ammon Jacob Ford, Kristofer Hivju, Giulio Berruti

The Story: Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other.

The Photograph - Movie Review


The Movie: The Photograph

The Director: Stella Meghie

The Cast: LaKeith Stanfield, Issa Rae, Chanté Adams, Chelsea Peretti, Teyonah Parris, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Rob Morgan. Courtney B. Vance, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Lil Rel Howery

The Story: A series of intertwining love stories set in the past and in the present.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Sonic the Hedgehog


The Movie: Sonic the Hedgehog

The Director: Jeff Fowler

The Cast: Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Adam Pally, Neal McDonough, Lee Majdoub, Natasha Rothwell

The Story: After discovering a small, blue, fast hedgehog, a small-town police officer must help it defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments on it.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Lillian - 2020 Slamdance Movie Review



The Movie: Lillian

The Director: Andreas Horvath

The Cast:  Patrycja Płanik

The Story: An emigrant in New York decides to walk back to her home in Russia.

Birds of Prey - Movie Review


The Movie: Birds of Prey

The Director: Cathy Yan

The Cast: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Bojana Novakovic, Chris Messina, Greice Santo, Ali Wong, Ella Jay Basco, Charlene Amoia

The Story: After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

Monday, February 3, 2020

One Night Only / 天亮之前 - Movie Review


The Movie: One Night Only / 天亮之前

The Director: Matt Wu

The Cast: Aaron Kwok, Yang Zishan, Hao Lei, Andy On, Jack Kao, Zhou Yutong, Li Haofei, Jessie Li, Fan Tiantian

The Story: After squandering his inheritance, a gambling addict befriends a prostitute who decides to help him find his daughter, while avoiding the local gangsters who want him to repay his debts.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

1986 - 2020 Slamdance Movie Review



The Movie: 1986

The Director: Lothar Herzog

The Cast: Aleksey Filimonov, Khelga Filippova, Vitaliy Kotovitskiy

The Story: Elena is a student in Minsk, Belarus. When her father is arrested, she has to continue his illegal business.

Friday, January 31, 2020

The Rhythm Section - 2020 Movie Review


The Movie: The Rhythm Section

The Director: Reed Morano

The Cast: Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown,

The Story: A woman seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Sanzaru - 2020 Slamdance Movie Review



The Movie: Sanzaru

The Director: Xia Magnus

The Cast: Aina Dumlao, Justin Arnold, Jayne Taini, Jon Viktor Corpuz

The Story: As dementia engulfs her employer, a fragile home health aide begins to question her own sanity.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Wind: A Documentary Thriller - 2020 Slamdance Documentary Review



The Documentary: The Wind: A Documentary Thriller

The Director: Michal Bielawski

The Story: The halny wind is the most unpredictable element in the Polish mountains. It comes in cycles, in every spring and autumn. One never knows if or when it turns into a destructive gale.

Beware of Dog - 2020 Slamdance Movie Review



The Movie: Beware of Dog

The Director: Nadia Bedzhanova

The Cast: Marina Vasileva, Buddy Duress, Paula Knüpling, Marina Prados, Kevin Iso, Pavel Tabakov

The Story: Three dramatic tales of people dealing with mental health interwoven in a way that shows how we are all the same in both our struggles and our triumphs.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Shoot to Marry - 2020 Slamdance Documentary Review



The Documentary: Shoot to Marry

The Director: Steve Markle

The Story: A heartbroken documentary filmmaker focuses his camera on interesting women with hopes of meeting the love of his life.

Jasper Mall - 2020 Slamdance Documentary Review



The Documentary: Jasper Mall

The Director: Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb

The Story: A year in the life of a dying shopping mall.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Troop Zero - Movie Review


The Movie: Troop Zero

The Director: Katie Ellwood and Amber Templemore-Finlayson

The Cast: Mckenna Grace, Viola Davis, Jim Gaffigan

The Story: In rural 1977 Georgia, a misfit girl dreams of life in outer space. When a competition offers her a chance to be recorded on NASA's Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts, forging friendships that last a lifetime.

Color Out of Space - Movie Review


The Movie: Color Out of Space

The Director: Richard Stanley

The Cast: Nicolas Cage, Q'orianka Kilcher, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur, Tommy Chong, Julian Hilliard, Elliot Knight, Brendan Meyer, Melissa Nearman

The Story: A town is struck by a meteorite and the fallout is catastrophic.

Monday, January 20, 2020

TwoOhSix Picks - 2020 Slamdance Film Festival


The Slamdance Film Festival always features a fresh and original slate of programming making it the perfect way to kick off the new year. After digging into the roster of available films, I was very excited to once again see a true independent spirit embedded throughout making it no easy task to compile my list of the 10 films that stood out from the pack as this year's "TwoOhSix Picks."

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Bad Boys for Life - Movie Review


The Movie: Bad Boys for Life

The Directors: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah

The Cast: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Paola Nuñezm, Alexander Ludwig, Vanessa Hudgens, Joe Pantoliano, Charles Melton, Kate del Castillo,

The Story: The Bad Boys Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett are back together for one last ride in the highly anticipated Bad Boys for Life.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Ashfall / 백두산 - Movie Review


The Movie: Ashfall / 백두산

The Director: Lee Hae-jun, Kim Byung-seo

The Cast: Lee Byung-hun, Ha Jung-woo, Ma Dong-seok, Suzy aka Bae Su-ji, Jeon Hye-jin

The Story: Stagnant since 1903, at an elevation of 2,744 m, a volcano erupts on the mythical and majestic Baekdu Mountain.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Just Mercy - Movie Review


The Movie: Just Mercy

The Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

The Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, Rafe Spall, Tim Blake Nelson, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Rob Morgan, Darrell Britt-Gibson

The Story: World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Underwater - Movie Review


The Movie: Underwater

The Director: William Eubank

The Cast: Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, Jessica Henwick, Vincent Cassel, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie, Gunner Wright

The Story: A crew of aquatic researchers work to get to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Like a Boss - Movie Review


The Movie: Like a Boss

The Director: Miguel Arteta

The Cast: Rose Byrne, Tiffany Haddish, Salma Hayek

The Story: Two friends with very different ideals start a beauty company together. One is more practical while the other wants to earn her fortune and live a lavish lifestyle.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

2019 Recap - Favorite Films and Performances


2019 has been a very interesting year for the TwoOhSix having watched and reviewed more movies than ever before (210), going global with film festival coverage including virtual stops in Toronto and the UK, joining the prestigious ranks of the Seattle Film Critics Society, earning a press credential from Allied Global Marketing, and debuting the The TwoOhSix podcast that will be reloaded and relaunched in 2020.

Before we move into the new year, it's time to recap what we saw this year and create lists of our favorite films and performances. For those of you that know me or have followed my website over the years, you know that my favorite lists are usually quite different from the typical lists, nominees, and winners of awards season accolades so be prepared for a few unexpected films to either be included or excluded from my lists and of course, have fun exploring my perspective on a year's worth of cinema.

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