Review: Stay Awake

Stay Awake is a new film from writer/director Jamie Sisley based his own adolescence, the film tells the story of two teenage brothers struggling to care for their mother, as she works through addiction to prescription drugs and opioids. The film premiered at the 72nd Berlin Film Festival where it won he German Arthouse Cinema Award and the Generation Youth Jury Special Mention.

In the film Brothers Ethan (Wyatt Oleff) and Derek (Fin Argus) try their best to navigate the pressures of teenage life while tending to their mother’s (Chrissy Metz) debilitating prescription drug addiction. Based on the filmmaker’s adolescence in small-town America, Stay Awake is a personal exploration of the roller coaster ride that families go on while trying to help their loved ones with a disease that affects millions every day.

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Review: Swimming With Sharks – new series coming to ROKU Channel

SWIMMING WITH SHARKS is a six-part series that follows LA assistant Lou Simms (Kiernan Shipka) as she starts her internship at Fountain Pictures. While Lou may seem like a naïve Hollywood newcomer, awestruck by the studio’s notorious CEO, Joyce Holt (Diane Kruger), landing this internship was no happy accident. As Lou’s obsession grows, she will do anything to get close to her idol. Donald Sutherland, Thomas Dekker, Finn Jones, Erika Alexander, Ross Butler and Gerardo Celasco round out the cast. Written by showrunner Kathleen Robertson and directed by Tucker Gates. Chris Cowles, Liz Destro, Stephen Israel, Jay Cohen and Dana Brunetti served as executive producers. The series was created in partnership with Lionsgate Television. It is one of the projects developed for the ill-fated Quibi platform and like most Quibi shows is now being released exclusively on The Roku Channel under the ‘Roku Originals’ Label.

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Review: Killing the Shepherd documentary (2021)

Killing the Shepherd is a community, environmental & human right documentary from director Thomas Opre made on behalf of Shepherds Of Wildlife Society

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Review: Evil At The Door (2022)

Review by Paul Grammatico


During the past couple of decades, we have been inundated with various horror movies consisting of intruders entering a domicile uninvited. Noted films such as The Strangers and its sequel, Hush, The Purge, You’re Next and Don’t Breathe come to mind. Despite the various twists and turns in these residential spaces, one thing is perfectly clear: Home invasions are never fun., produced by MRP Entertainment and distributed by Terror Films offers up a home invasion but provides a mysterious secret society angle that brings these invaders together.

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Review: Hurt (2021)

Review by Paul Grammatico


Hurt: A Lengthy Labor of Halloween Havoc

Halloween is an interesting time that many people circle on their calendar. It is a time for letting loose, impersonating a fictions person or entity for a day, watching scary movies, giving out candy to the youngsters, or even going out with some friends to partake and participate in some Halloween-themed amusement park filled with haunted houses and sideshows. The parks were one of my favourites as it was fun to see my friends (and myself) receive various jump scares when various costumed ghouls would jump out at you from just about everywhere. Despite all the theatrical terror and menace, it was all in good fun. Hurt, a Halloween horror film provided by Zed Filmworks and distributed by Gravitas Ventures, provides a small-town Halloween fair that a soldier and his wife go back to as it was one of their regular haunts growing up. This time, however, the results are far different.

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Review: We Need To Do Something (2021)

Review by Paul Grammatico


Natural disasters are never a fun event. Growing up in tornado country, I’ve had my fair share of severe thunderstorms, hail, and tornado watches and warnings. When I experienced a tornado, we had to huddle in the primary room in the house as there was no basement or cellar available. As the tornado ripped past our cottage, the vulnerability at the hands of mother nature along with its aftermath was something to behold. Produced by The Coven and distributed by IFC Midnight, We Need to Do Something gives us a taste of not only forces of nature and darkness that are beyond our humanity, but how a trapped family displays its dysfunction.

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Review: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – coming to Amazon Prime September 17th

Inspired by true events (based on BBC Three‘s 2011 documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16), Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the film adaptation of the award-winning hit West-End musical about Jamie New (Max Harwood), a teenager in a working class English town with a dream of life on stage.

While his classmates plan their livelihoods after graduation, Jamie contemplates revealing his secret career ambition as a fierce and proud drag queen. His best friend Pritti (Lauren Patel) and his loving mum (Sarah Lancashire) shower him with endless support while local drag legend Miss Loco Chanelle (Richard E. Grant) mentors him toward his debut stage performance. But it’s not all rainbows for Jamie as his unsupportive dad (Ralph Ineson), an uninspired career advisor (Sharon Horgan), and some ignorant school kids attempt to rain on his sensational aspirations. In rousing and colourful musical numbers, Jamie and his community inspire one another to be more accepting, and to see the value in facing adversity and stepping out of the darkness into the spotlight.

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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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