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Michael O'Keefe

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One wrong card; one wrong move., 20 May 2017

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Satoshi Kuwabara co-writes and directs this original anime. The stakes could not be any higher as the rivalry between Yugi Moto and Seto Kaiba reaches the boiling point. The risks never so great; one wrong move, one wrong card...or one card short. The right monsters at the wrong time. The battle is for two key pieces of the Millennium Puzzle.

You don't need Yu-Gi-Oh cards or even be a follower to enjoy the fantastic cinematography. Lack of Yu-Gi-Oh knowledge will not keep you from enjoying this film. The game is not over until it is over! Card playing prowess reigns supreme.

Character voices supplied by: Dan Green, Kenjiro Tsuda, Eric Stuart, Daniel Edwards, Kana Hanazawa, Laurie Hymes, Kazunari Kojima and Kento Hayashi.

It is better to not know his name., 20 May 2017

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This terror driven tale has three close Wisconsin college students renting an off-campus old deserted mansion together. It doesn't take long for some strange things to happen leading to the discovery that the place is housing an evil supernatural entity that kills anyone calling his name...the Bye Bye Man. The friends will try their best to save each other from immanent doom.

At times this flick can be a little humorous , but laughs will subside into goose-bump terror. You will find yourself seeing things that turn out to be little of nothing. But beware of some scenes of bloody violence. The finale could be stronger. A fun watch!

The cast includes: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Michael Trucco, Cleo King, Doug Jones and a cameo by Faye Dunaway.

Scary way to make ends meet!, 20 May 2017

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A young Los Angeles widow struggles to make ends meet and uses her two daughters in a scam seance business. New customers are attracted when a Ouija board is added to the "act". The youngest daughter Doris (Lulu Wilson) is intrigued and drawn to the board believing she is in contact with the spirit of her dead father. A malevolent entity is in deed summoned; all hell can only break loose.

Several real good jump scares with building suspense and a simmering sense of doom. Character development is better than a lot of horror flicks and some good acting with Miss Wilson leading the way. Kudos to director Mike Flanagan. Some chilling atmospheric music too.

Also in the cast: Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Parker Mack, Halle Charlton, Doug Jones and Henry Thomas.

These huge crocodiles can keep to themselves., 9 May 2017

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Lake Placid just seems to have a reputation to live up to. By now the crocodiles are kept to themselves in a nature preserve. These crocs are not just big...they are huge. (Bad CGI or what). Just lounging and getting fat. Fun loving Reba (Yancey Butler) is still around and this time is a game warden. Poacher Jim Bickerman (Robert Englund) is somehow still around Black Lake. Nuttier than ever and a bit disabled, all because of the love of crocodiles.

An electric fence guarding the crocs is accidentally left open and an area high school field trip bus unknowingly enters the sanctuary. Those huge crocodiles are in the mood to taste something different. Now it will be Reba teaming with the new sheriff in town, Sheriff Glove (Elisabeth Rohm), to protect students and the Lake Placid area population from being devoured by the biggest crocodiles ever.

There is nothing scary about this flick. It is a fun watch, maybe because the crocodiles seem so cartoon-like. There is even moments you have goodwill toward Bickerman. There is some violence of course along with raw language and scenes of nudity/sexuality to earn an R rating.

Also in the cast: Paul Nichols, Poppy Lee Friar, Benedict Smith, Sewell Whitney, Scarlette Byrne, Caroline Ford and Kitodar Todorov.

A regeneration serum actually works; but is it for good?, 9 May 2017

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An attractive young Geneticist Scientist, Dr. Amanda Haze (Crystal Allen), develops a serum for regenerating cells that come with self-healing abilities and possible immortality. Her employer Murdoch (John Rhys-Davies), an evil minded financier, is ramrodding a group to find a fresh supply of blood orchids needed to experiment further with the regenerating nectar. The tail of an anaconda is cut off and almost immediately grows into two ferocious man-eating giant serpents with non-stop hunger. The woods of Romania are ripe for blood-lust.

The CGI is pretty sloppy and goes hand in hand with the less than flawless story line and acting. Almost comical are scenes of the giant snakes flipping their prey into the air before swallowing whole.

Don E. FauntLeRoy directs. Other players: Linden Ashby, Danny Midwinter, Claudia Bleont, Calin Stanciu and Ana Ularu.

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Song and dance; big on the romance! Must see!, 8 May 2017

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Hollywood musical; Hollywood romantic comedy if you will. Mia (Emma Stone) is an attractive young lady pursuing showbiz fame serving coffee between auditions and meets Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a talented jazz pianist searching for his dream of owning his own jazz club. Romantic flirtations lead to an intense love affair; but conflicting ambitions force them to make some tough choices and their relationship begins to fray and both will realize true love is too important to let slip away.

Song and dance scenes could have been cut a little shorter for me; but this movie is well written and acted. Scenery and sets are beautiful and some scenes just ooze romance. By far, should have won Oscar for Best picture. Gosling is charming and Miss Stone is what dreams are made of.

Also in the cast: J.K. Simmons, Jessica Rothe, Jason Fuchs, Callie Hernandez, John Legend, Terry Walters, Tom Everett Scott and D.A. Wallach.

The wild west gets wilder with an alien attack!, 6 May 2017

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Outlaw Sam Phoenix (James Marsters) prepares to meet his maker; the condemned man has his neck in the noose, when a huge evil robotic like insect-looking creature marches into town and the townspeople waiting for a hanging run and take cover. The outlaw tries to gather sensible townsfolk that can handle a weapon to fight off a horde of interstellar creatures. Sam vows to turn back these predators, but he is needing the help of every man and woman not wanting to be on the alien's menu.

Sounds pretty far-fetched; alien invaders in the old west. This SyFy flick is one of the better ones to come along lately. The creatures are fun to watch even if at times the CGI isn't the sharpest. Worth your while, really!

Also in the cast: Cindy Sampson, Sebastian Knapp, James Jordan, Sanny van Heteren, Angus MacInnes, Antony Byrne and Dan Bordeianu.

Take it for what its worth. Don't be fooled with the title., 6 May 2017

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My expectations went south in a hurry. Monsters take up mere moments of the screen time. The dark continent is now another name for Afghanistan. All the fast forwarding in the world will not make this movie what it is implied to be. But on the other hand, not totally worthless as a war movie.

It has been about ten years since humongous tentacled creatures began trying to take over our planet. These monsters seem closer and closer to occupying the entire globe and the military is at its wits end trying to fight these horrid things off. In desperation, the military is lowering its standards for enlisting. Four young men from Detroit think they are hard and smart enough to help the army fight monsters.

The writers, Tom Green and Jay Basu, sneak some monsters into the plot that has an American platoon trying to extract ambushed soldiers that are trapped in the alien infested Middle East. I am guessing the combination of the few monsters along with the vulgarity of guts, gore, violence, heartbreak and tribulations of warfare with the Taliban makes for a strong R rating. This movie lasts right at two hours and expect to leave tired. Maybe with more monsters and a bigger budget this could be a real thriller.

Cast includes: Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Nicholas Pinnock, Jesse Nagy, Kyle Soller, Joe Dempsie and Uriel Emil.

Wrong place at the wrong time., 6 May 2017

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Pierre Hunter (Anton Yelchin) , is a jobless bartender full of optimism and maybe a bit naive, making his way back to his small hometown after the death of his parents. He literally falls for the enigmatic and winsome Stella (Zoey Deschanel), who becomes a partner in a hazardous cat-and-mouse mystery that involves a duffel bag full of money. Will conscience or fear of criminal consequence split the couple?

Zachary Sluser directs and writes the screenplay. Also appearing are: Frank Langella, Alia Shawkat, John Hawkes, Benjamin Rogers and Ciaran Hinds.

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There is still hope for the Ape-Woman., 6 May 2017

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Paula Dupree, (Vicky Lane), known as the Ape-Woman , has already been killed twice with overdose of tranquilizers. In the middle of the night, a huge, strikingly ugly man named Moloch the Brute (Rondo Hatton) is sent to collect the Ape-Woman's body for the local university; after a failed kidnapping, Paula's body is taken to a secluded mansion, where a mad scientist Dr. Stendahl (Otto Kruger), is working on a major research project of restoring life to dead bodies by blood transfusions and direct electric stimulation of the heart.

This film is directed by Harold Young and you immediately know you are watching low budget horror. Not the greatest, but very comfortable to watch due to so many familiar faces.

Rounding out the cast: Amelita Ward, Phil Brown, Jerome Cowan, Jack Overman and Ernie Adams.

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