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Fantasy Becomes Comedic Reality In “Who’s Jenna…?” @IndicanPictures

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By: Richard Caldwell
Rating: 2.5/5

Friends are a man’s best and Johnathan and Andy are two peas in a pod. Their father’s met after a chance encounter at the hospital while their wives gave birth. With their dad’s instantly hitting it off, Johnathan and Andy would grow up to become friends. Their friendship gets interesting after Johnathan begins dating an aspiring lawyer named Jenna. Andy, being Johnathan’s best friend, is sure that Jenna looks like a well known adult film star.

The movie is hilarious at times. Its humor also borders on quirkiness. Johnathan being cool as ever also begins to have his mild manner tested. This happens as he has to deal with Jenna’s brother in law. A brother in law who is also just happens to be Johnathan’s boss Jenna’s brother in law, Joe is overbearing at times, but also likes Johnathan.

Tension ensues between Joe and Johnathan after Joe doesn’t want Johnathan’s friend to accompany him on a trip. Scott is Johnathan’s friend and also employed by Joe at the firm. He’s smart and intelligent, but has questions surrounding him that limits his success. The film is comedic, but steers near drama. “Who’s Jenna…?” features a cast of good actors and actresses. Fans looking for a good Saturday night laugh are sure to enjoy this film.

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Drugs And Family Don’t Mix In “The Misguided”

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By: Richard Caldwell
Rating: 3/5

Trust is the rarest form of currency in the world. Trust can take you places and buy you things you’ve only imagined. Everybody wants it, but everyone can’t get it. However, we all have a personal bank of trust with our families. Family is there for you at your highest and lowest points. That’s the bridge that shouldn’t be burned. “The Misguided” examines that bridge and bank of trust through the eyes of two brothers.

Levi returns to live with his brother Wendel after dropping out of college. Living with Wendel isn’t Levi’s first option, but he has nowhere else to go after being kicked out of his home by his girlfriend. Wendel lives a crazed life. He’s a drug dealer and lives the lifestyle effortlessly. Levi encounters Wendel’s ex girlfriend after living with his brother for awhile and the two share a connection. “The Misguided” follows the growth of this connection and all it’s ups and downs.

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“The Misguided” is definitely a film for mature audiences. The comedic drama sparks a few laughs, but is heavy on the drama. However, the fight scene between the brothers is one of the funniest situations any two siblings can possibly find themselves in. The film focuses on the connection between family and relationship bonds. When is it ok to date a person your family doesn’t approve of? Is it ever really ok or is it just something you deal with? This movie answers both of those questions.

This film has a good look. The acting is the best thing about the film. You really find yourself believing the characters and getting sucked into their lives. The film is set in upscale living spaces mostly. The characters venture out into the city, but they never go into many dark areas. I think the scenery is fitting for the story and the characters.

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Overall, I enjoyed this film. All of the characters are relatable. The father of Levi’s girlfriend was my personal favorite. You never know which way he will respond to the other characters. I liked the part of “The Misguided.” The film is for mature audiences, but it’s a good date night film. It keeps your attention easily throughout and is worthy of applause for the films high points.

Women Fight Off The Horrors Of Good Weed In 4/20 Massacre

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By: Richard Caldwell
Rating: 3.5/5

420 Massacre is a comedic horror film filled with endless entertainment. The stoner over provides the perfect background for the characters to develop. Gore is definitely in the film as blood is prevalent and one seen even has intestines rolling out of a characters stomach.

A group of friends journey to the woods for a 420 camping trip to celebrate the holiday. The group consists of five women who are ready to party as they enjoy their freedom. Trouble ensues after the women are given some weed by seemingly deranged man. However, the man once hiked the woods with his friend before his friend was killed for the weed they possessed.

420 Massacre is a good horror film for female stoners as it touches on many subjects. Don’t get me wrong it’s a horror film, but also includes friendship and romance. The love story between two women adds another level of depth to the film making it worth the watch.

Jamie Bernadette (I Spit on Your Grave: Déjà Vu, Killing Joan), Vanessa Rose Parker (Samurai Cop 2), Justine Wachsberger (Divergent), Stacey Danger (‘’Jean-Claude Van Johnson’’), Marissa Pistone (Raze), Jim Storm (Dark Shadows), Mark Schroeder (‘’Pretty Little Liars’’) Jim Round, Drew Talbert and James Gregory star in a Dylan Reynolds film.

Inhale. Exhale. Scream. 4/20 Massacre premieres 4/3 this April.

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Loyalty Is The Name Of The Game In “Honor Up”

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By: Richard Caldwell
Rating: 3/5

Friends and family are the most important people in our lives. We’re born alone, but we grow to love others. Those we see first have our heart and those we form bonds with are tied together by blood. Loyalty is a key principle in any environment. “Honor Up” examines the role loyalty plays in the lives of its cast.

“Honor Up” follows the story of OG. OG is a street hustler, but non violent. He’s loyal to his friends and especially his family. Premo ia like family to OG. Premo is the person who brought him into the game and is a father figure to OG. Premo wants OG to be everything he wasn’t, but OG must first survive the streets to do so. OG’s crew consists of younger guys who are loyal to OG, but must be disciplined to maintain order. “Honor Up” follows OG as he attempts to keep that order while remaining loyal to the people he loves the most.

This film makes you think. Is everyone you love on your side? Do the love you the same way that you love them? “Honor Up” touches upon all that. It also examines loyalty among thieves and is it honorable to be dishonorable. Is it ok for you to turn on your crew if you’re being honorable to the ones who you truly love? The movie is currently available on all streaming platforms. Watch the full trailer below:

Love Dances Into The Hearts Of Viewers In “Dance Baby Dance”

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Have you ever had a dream? Jimmy did and now it’s his turn to dance. Will he be able to rise above all the competition, and his own shortcomings, to dance the performance of his life? If so, then his lifelong dream will be realized.

Love and sacrifice build the core of the spirit. They create passion. A passion that lives in us all and drives us to be successful. Success is all based on personal perception. What do you want to do with your life? Who do you wish to become? It’s all personal.

Jimmy is a dancer and has always longed to become a performer. Jimmy is sweet, caring and energetic. He sees the best of what life has to offer. Jimmy is positive and has a great spirit, but some way he always comes up short. However, he doesn’t let that stop him as he continues to follow his dream.

This film is triumphant. It’s a motivational film with a message. That message is simple. Love conquers all obstacles. We as people often feel broken, but we all can be fixed. We can rebuild our minds, body and relationships. Love is all we need sometimes.

@WildEyeMovies To Release “Hell’s Kitty” On VOD March 13 And DVD March 27

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Review by Richard Caldwell
Rating: 3/5 Stars

Hell’s Kitty is a tale of a covetous feline that acts possessed and possessive of his owner around women. The film is based on the web series and comic book of the same name, and inspired by writer-director Nicholas Tana’s experiences living with a professedly possessed cat. The results are as funny as they are frightening!

Nick (Nicholas Tana), a Hollywood screenwriter, discovers his cat has become murderously possessed. His cat is possessed and will stop at nothing to rid him of any woman in his life. As his life spirals out of control, Nick must find a way to have his kitty exorcised of the demonic spirit haunting her.

Nick is searching for love. Without love present in his life, Nick has formed a close relationship with his cat Angel. Angel loves Nick, maybe a little too much, but loves Nick nevertheless. Their relationship is sweet, but turns deadly as Angel’s rage turns into murder. Angel will stop at nothing as she attempts to get rid of the women in Nick’s life once and for all.

“Hell’s Kitty” is a good film. I enjoyed the acting. The horror comedy in this film is good. It’s heavier on the comedy side than the horror theme. That gives it a good touch and won’t run away viewers when the gore tags into the equation. I think film goers will enjoy this film.

Worlds Intertwine In Unusual Fashion As “Entanglement” Cruises Into Theaters

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Review by Richard Caldwell
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

While searching for the meaning of his existence, Ben Layten (Thomas Middleditch) uncovers a family secret that leads him to a woman named Hanna… But when he and Hanna (Jess Weixler) inadvertently fall in love, his life becomes increasingly and strangely complicated. Ben starts to realize that everything is amazingly and incredibly connected – and that the world might just be more inexplicable than he ever imagined.

Pain and love are contrasting feelings. Love can make you feel wonderful. Love can make you feel spirits from another world. Pain also can make you feel spirits from another world, but bad ones. Pain can make you feel miserable and weak. “Entanglement” is a film that touches on both these contrasting feelings.

Ben is the star of this film. Ben is a tortured soul longing to feel affection. After divorcing his wife, Ben feels like something is missing from his life and his life doesn’t serve a purpose in the world. This film follows Ben as he searches for his purpose. Not only does he search for his purpose, but he also embarks on a mission to rebuild his life.

This film has a dramatic feel. It’s a comedy at heart, but disguised under a serious message. Hope is a continuous theme. Hope that things will always get better and it doesn’t matter how bad things get. It takes courage to survive pain. Ultimately, courage is the only thing that can support hope.

“Entanglement” is a good film. The acting is good, but the storyline is better. Pain, lost, confusion and depression can stimulate illusion. Is everything as you see it? Do things feel the way they make you feel? Can you survive those emotions?

I really like this film. This film has substance. It serves a purpose. That purpose simply states that everything will be ok. Things will be ok once you truly let go of pain and embrace. Love conquers all. Love is life, life is love and all is well if you would only believe.

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Distributor : Dark Star Pictures
Director : Jason James
Writer: Jason Filiatrault
Cast: Thomas Middleditch, Jess Weixler, Diana Bang

Uncork’d Entertainment Gives Birth To Evil With “The Lullaby”

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Review by Richard Caldwell
Rating: 3/5 Stars

Childbirth can be a beautiful experience as mothers feel their children’s first embrace. However, childbirth can also be very painful. The experience can live many mothers scared. Parents may also feel a diminished spirit after a traumatizing birth. Paranoia can make anyone feel crazy. The lines between reality and illusion begin to blur and even something as innocent as a “Lullaby” can feel like a cut through your soul.

“Lullaby” follows the life of a mother after giving birth to her first child. The birth is painful and bloody. The mother and child both survive the grueling experience, but the mother is left weakened. Chloe, the mother, is left feeling broken and diminished after the birth. She feels guilt from the painful experience and becomes paranoid after her depression sets in. This leads to Chloe hearing voices and this is where the film forms.

“Lullaby” is a horror film filled with pain. Gore is a constant theme and pain affects all the characters. Chloe is deeply affected by the voices she hears and endures endlessly trauma throughout the film. The pain Chloe experiences drive her crazy as the film gets closer to it’s bloody finish. Chloe must fight off the spirits and demons in her life to ensure her survival and the survival of her child. Chloe will fight and giving up isn’t an option as pain conquers her life.

I thought this film was good. It’s an horror film so the blood and evil was expected. It’s very dark and gets creepy at times. The drama is constant and served up with a fresh batch of gore. The horror is real as the demons begin to reveal their faces to Chloe. That’s when I felt the voices she was hearing became real. Only then do we see Chloe truly regain control of her life.

Overall I liked this film. I think horror lovers will enjoy this film. The gore is definitely prevalent. The suspense, action and drama is also there. Reine Swart, Deànré Reiners, Thandi Puren, Brandon Auret, and Dorothy-Ann Gould star in this Darrell James Roodt film. It opens in theaters across the U.S and will also be available on VOD starting March 2, 2018.

Pacific Rim Meets Independence Day In “Battalion”

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Review by Richard Caldwell
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

War and destruction are powerful acts of chaos. They rip apart families, destroy friendships and ultimately end lives. The world we live in is filled with mystery as it continues to evolve. Daily we find out new things about ourselves and our overall existence within the universe. “Battalion” examines our existence as we engage in intergalactic warfare with an army from another galaxy. The war is fierce, but it must be fought to maintain our existence.

“Battalion” follows the life of John Blake (Jesse Richardson) as he lives the life of a surfer in California. Things are going good for John as he mixes and mingles with friends before eventually meeting up with his family. Upon returning home, John greets his army brother Chris (Michael Thomson). Chris is enjoying a break from duty with the family before an intergalactic war breaks out that turns everyone’s life upside down. The war affects citizens throughout the world and leads to John enlisting in the army to help his brother in the fight to save the world.

This film is a Sci-fi film filled with action. The action takes place from beginning to end. The war is the overall theme of this movie and this war has devastating results. All of the characters are continuously affected by its devastation. The objecting army in relentless in their pursuit of global dominance. Their quest for dominance leads to countless battles throughout the film.

I enjoyed the action and suspense of this film. It’s unpredictable at times, but in a good way. Movie goers don’t want to know what’s going to happen in every scene that appears. The battle scenes are engaging and the cast fights as if their own personal lives were on the line. I thought that was cool about “Battalion”. The film is very engaging and the cast made all their roles seem believable.

Overall I enjoyed this film. I enjoyed the acting and the presentation. This film is a good war film that also involves a good degree of drama, suspense, comedy and love. It sparks various emotions at different points of the film. I think audiences will enjoy this film. I also think they will appreciate the acting of all the actors/actresses involved.

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