Review – Baking with Bullets (“The Kitchen”)

No, this isn’t a movie about renovating your home or about Gordon Ramsey screaming at you about your over-cooked shrimp scampi. If the premise of this movie sounds familiar (three women banding together ’cause their criminal husbands are gone), it’s because you’ve already seen the plot in last years Widows film. * In 1978’s Hell’s…

Review – Welcome Home? (“Donovan Reid”)

A young man walks into a police station. Either unable or unwilling to speak, he non-verbally asks for something with which to write. Given a pen and a piece of paper, he scribbles down and displays the following: “I am Donovan Reid”. So begins Donovan Reid, a film co-written and directed by Austin Smagalski. Filmed…

Review – One Author To Rule Them All (“Tolkien”)

Author John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, aka J.R.R. Tolkien, is well known to just about everyone, probably because of all the incredible movies made by director Peter Jackson. A certified genius in writing, Tolkien actually created 15 different Elvish dialects, along with languages for Ents, Orcs, Dwarves, and Hobbits. Astonishing! * * Told mostly in flashback,…

Review – The Kids Are Alright (“The Kid”)

No, this isn’t a remake/reboot of Charlie Chaplin’s acclaimed film (thank God!). It’s yet another version of notorious outlaw and killer Billy the Kid and all his reported antics in the wild, wild West. Although there have been many versions of Billy, this one comes at it from a unique angle. * * What’s that…

Review – No Good Deed Goes Unpunished (“Greta”)

It’s a good thing to be sweet, kind, and loving to others. But what happens when being nice to someone backfires? This is the diabolical tale of what happens when an ordinary girl attempts to do the right thing and returns a handbag to someone who lost it. You may never return a lost wallet…