Violation (2021) has picked up distribution through the horror streaming service Shudder and is Unrated. By my little eye, it would be Rated-R for full-frontal male nudity, swears, mostly off-camera rape, people being bludgeoned, burned, pulverized, etc. This film premiered at SXSW Online on March 18, 2021.
Fans of Riverdale and Pretty Little Liars will salivate over Freeform’s ‘Cruel Summer’ as they attempt to unravel the mysterious disappearance of popular girl Kate (Olivia Holt) and how fellow classmate Jeanette (Chiara Aurelia) was involved. The show premiered at SXSW Online on March 18, 2021.
Simultaneously touching and twee, Swan Song (2021) showcases Udo Keir’s flair for the dramatic. It may not seem as polished as some entries, but the rough quality director Todd Stephens gives Swan Song adds an authentic feel. This film premiered at SXSW Online on March 18, 2021.
WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn is a wild ride of venture idealistic dreams, over-reaching idealism, and at its heart corporate cultism. WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn premiered at SXSW Online on March 17, 2021.
Jakob’s Wife has picked up distribution through the horror streaming service Shudder and is Unrated. By my little eye, it would be Rated-R for swears, sexy-times, nudity, staking, throat-ripping, and tubs of blood. The film premiered at SXSW Online on March 17, 2021.
Here Before (2021) is Unrated and other than the palpable tension, has no on-screen blood, no child injuries, sex, no violence, other than emotional trauma. Here Before is currently seeking U.S. distribution. This film premiered at SXSW Online on March 17, 2021.
FX’s documentary Hysterical provides an inside look at the challenges and history of female comedians — from Moms Mabley in the 1920s to today’s hottest comics like Nikki Glaser and Iliza Shlesinger — why they got into comedy, the uphill battle they faced, their role models, and the road ahead that is still being paved. This film premiered at SXSW Online on March 16, 2021.
There’s enough offered throughout The Courier to hold the attention of discerning fans of the genre and perhaps even those with a penchant for more action-based spy-thrillers come the third act. The credits allow a glimpse into the real Greville Wynne and his “regular” guy manners, underscoring that regular people are doing brave and audacious things every day. It just so happens this guy had a hand in saving us all.
March 16th marked the first day of SXSW Online. This is Movie Reelist’s fourth year (if last year counts) covering the film tracks portion of the festival. This year’s slate provides a substantial list of documentary films. This is our documentary film bite-size review round-up.
Director Carey Williams attempts to copy Baz Luhrmann’s success in introducing Romeo and Juliet to a new generation in R#J, but fails due to a chaotic script, poor acting, and too much reliance on social media apps to tell the story. R#J premiered at SXSW Online on March 16, 2021.
The Detroit Film Critics Society (DFCS) today announced their picks for Best Films of 2020. Movie Reelist founder and editor-in-chief, Chris Giroux, is joined by content editor and lead film critic, MontiLee Stormer, as members of the critics group representing the Detroit and surrounding areas.
Lucky (2020) is unrated and streaming on Shudder, but if I were to give it a rating, I’d go for PG-13 for swears (lots of swears), people getting stabbed, people getting maced, people falling down stairs, violence against women, and the realization that very little of it will get any better.