Review – Kringle Time

Kringle Time is a new dark comedy feature debut from director Matthew Lucas, who self-produced and financed the project with writer Zan Gillies. The film is out now in North America on TVOD, BluRay & DVD from Gravitas Ventures.

When Kringles (Vernon Wells, “The Road Warrior,” “Commando”) — the singing, dancing snowman on a popular kids’ show — drops dead on live TV, a citywide crisis brings several small town characters out of the woodwork. To keep the ship afloat, a down-on-his-luck station manager named Jerry (Benny Elledge, “Happy,” “Gotham”) must don the Kringles costume himself. But the cast and crew are rooting against him, the added pressure is too much for his girlfriend (Gigi Edgley, “Farscape”), and the mayor (Jeff Wincott, “Night Heat”) won’t stop pestering him about building a pointless memorial statue. To make matters worse, the ghost of Kringles returns to haunt Jerry, revealing a dark secret that he carried to the grave. With Kringles’ reputation on the line, Jerry has to choose what his legacy will be as the man beneath the mask.

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Review: Caged

Shout! Studios have release the new psychological thriller CAGED, directed by Aaron Fjellman on VOD and digital for watch-at-home. Starring Kenyan-born actor Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class, The Blacklist) the cast also includes Melora Hardin (The Office, Transparent), Angela Sarafyan (Westworld, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile), Tony Amendola (Annabelle, Once Upon a Time), Robert R. Shafer (The Office, Psycho Cop), and James Jagger (The Outpost, Vinyl). Written by Aaron Fjellman and James “Doc” Mason and produced by Peter Kirtley, Matthew Temple, Jessa Zarubica, and Aaron Fjellman. Executive producers are Edi Gathegi and Ryan Sage.

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Review: 12 Mighty Orphans

12 Mighty Orphans is a new sports-drama epic from director Ty Roberts which is released theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics and stars Luke Wilson, Martin Sheen, Vinessa Shaw, Wayne Knight, Jake Austin Walker and Robert Duvall.

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Review: Parallel Love – ‘The story of a band called Luxury’

‘Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury‘ is a new documentary which follows the path of Luxury, a band from small-town Georgia, who began as a ragtag post-punk band and eventually became Orthodox priests directed by member and film-maker Matt Hinton; assembled from footage he had shot over the past 20 years as well a fresh interviews and reflection.

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Review: Killer Concept

Review by Paul Grammatico


As a wannabe writer, it’s always a difficult endeavour to create a decent idea that’s in any way compelling. When attempting to script a story that’s ripped from the headlines, makes it an even harder chore. It takes research, interviewing witnesses and law enforcement, and the dilemma of either telling the straight story (which is near next to impossible), or to use some form of artistic license. Aside from interrogating the perpetrator, you may never form this story into accuracy, delving into the realm of a Rashomon conundrum. Killer Concept, a horror/comedy offering produced by Dead Leaf Productions and distributed by Indie Rights, gives us a three-way where one of the characters knows slightly more about the story than the other two.

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Review: Coming 2 America

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are back in Coming 2 America which is set 30 years on from the events of Coming To America; with Prince Akeem now serving as King of Zamunda. However the mistakes of the past come back to trouble our king as he must see off a threat to the throne from bloodthirsty General Izzi (Wesley Snipes) by finding his unknowing heir (Jermaine Fowler) back in Queens New York. The film is directed by Craig Brewer who brought us the well-received return of Eddie Murphy to our screens in 2019’s Dolemite is My Name.


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Review: Draw with Me

Review by Benjamin Gummery


DRAW WITH ME is a short documentary film by Constantine Venetopoulos created in partnership with The Trevor Project. The film follows the coming out journey of Brendon Scholl, a youth who identifies as Trans, and how their art became their outlet for self-expression. The film features Jennifer Lopez – Brendon’s aunt – in a special introduction, as well as President Elect Joe Biden.

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Review: Killer Therapy

Review by Paul Grammatico


There are times when a family can be severely fractured because of one bad apple in the family. An apple, while it is young, can have some internal development issues coupled with bruising from outside forces. When said apple turns rotten, it enters into the barrel that surrounds it and infects the other apples, thus the phrase, “one bad apple can spoil the barrel”. This may be true, but when you look harder, it can be an inversion of the proverb where the bad apples in the barrel can spoil the apple that it surrounds. Nothing could be closer to this than Killer Therapy, a film produced by Rellik and distributed by 4Digital Media where a child’s development grows out of control as nurture triumphs over nature.

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Review: A Night of Horror – Nightmare Radio

Review by Paul Grammatico


When I was a small child, I was surrounded by much older adolescents when my family resided at a summer cottage in the woods in Northern Michigan. In the flames of nocturnal bonfires, I became petrified by the folklore, urban legends, and other horror stories that were expertly regaled by the various voices that penetrated my mind within the crackling flames. These stories shaped my childhood and made me a maven of the unusual and unexplained with terror being a byproduct which entered my cerebral cortex. Black Mandala and Uncork’d Entertainment’s newest horror anthology A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio brings those tales to the terrestrial airwaves.

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Review: ‘Vicious Dogs Attack Me In Sleepless Nights of Summer’ audiobook (A collection of prose from ‘Clerks’ actor Scott Schiaffo)

In ‘Vicious Dogs Attack Me In Sleepless Nights of Summer’ his bold collection of ‘prose, tales, and streams of semi-consciousness’, actor and musician Scott Schiaffo (Clerks, Vulgar) takes you through the depths of existential angst, addiction, and near-death experiences. This book reflects a troubling time in a gifted man’s journey. Schiaffo released this book of collected poetry and short stories in 2014. The book is a culmination of material written during 1986 through 1998, when the author was deep in the throes of alcoholism and drug addiction. He has now released a new audio book version for Audible; read by the author himself (also available on CD, Kindle or the original Paperback)

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