Year: 2022 Runtime: 90 minutes Director: Eli Horowitz Starring: Winona Ryder, Dermot Mulroney, John Gallagher Jr., Owen Teague, Brianne Tju Review By: Peggy Marie Winona Ryder is truly at some of her best here in Eli Horowitz’s “The Cow” (2022), along with Dermot Mulroney in this rather fun “genetic” little mystery thriller that twists along to an ending you’d never quite think of. While it’s not without … Continue reading SXSW REVIEW: “THE COW” (2022)

SXSW 2022 Review: Bitch Ass

Year: 2022 Runtime: 83 minutes Directors:  Bill Posley Writers: Bill Posley and Jonathan Colomb Cast: Teon Kelley, Tunde Laleye, Me’lisa Sellers, Kelsey Caesaer, Sheaun McKinney, Tony Todd By Tom Moore Writer/Director Bill Posley crafts an imperfect crowd-pleaser with his feature directorial debut, “Bitch Ass”(2022), and provides the horror genre with something it lacks and desperately needs, an intriguing and fun modern black slasher. Posley and … Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: Bitch Ass


Year: 2022 Runtime: 90 minutes Director/Writer: James Morosini Starring: James Morosini, Patton Oswalt, Lil Rey Howery, Amy Landecker, Claudia Sulewski, Rachel Dratch Review By: Peggy Marie “The following actually happened. My Dad asked me to tell you it didn’t.” One thing I can honestly tell you going into SXSW Film Festival is, I didn’t expect to utter the words, “Patton Oswalt is in the best … Continue reading SXSW REVIEW: “I LOVE MY DAD” (2022)

SXSW 2022 Review: Deadstream

Year: 2022 Runtime: 87 minutes Directors:  Vanessa and Joseph Winter Writers: Vanessa and Joseph Winter Cast: Joseph Winter, Melanie Stone By Tom Moore The found-footage horror subgenre has evolved in the digital age delivering stories surrounding livestreaming and social influencers and the feature directorial debut of Joseph and Vanessa Winter, “Deadstream,” is this evolution in fully swing. No longer is “found-footage” restricted to some horror … Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: Deadstream

Exclusive Interview: “Lady Buds” Director Chris J. Russo

By Joan Amenn Last year at the Hot Docs International Film Festival, I was blown away by a debut film called “Lady Buds” (2021) (My review can be found here: I am so honored that I got to speak to director Chris J. Russo just before the big premiere of “Lady Buds” on STARZ streaming service this week. We talked about the film, the … Continue reading Exclusive Interview: “Lady Buds” Director Chris J. Russo

Film Review: A Banquet

Year: 2022 Runtime: 97 minutes Director: Ruth Paxton Writer: Justin Bull Stars: Jessica Alexander,  Sienna Guillory, Ruby Stokes, Lindsay Duncan By Tom Moore IFC Midnight’s newest artsy offering to the horror genre, Ruth Paxton’s “A Banquet”(2022), instantly captures your attention through its stylistic hooks and intriguing mystery but struggles to maintain that momentum. “A Banquet” surprisingly nabs your attention at the start with its incredibly … Continue reading Film Review: A Banquet

Sundance Interview with “Sirens” Director Rita Baghdadi

By Morgan Roberts Premiering at this year’s Sundance, “Sirens” is a documentary feature film following the lives of the women in the Lebanese metal band Slave to Sirens. The film explores the complexities of being in an all-female band, being misunderstood by society, and finding one’s voice. The film is directed by Moroccan-American filmmaker Rita Baghdadi. Baghdadi’s first feature film, “My Country No More,” was … Continue reading Sundance Interview with “Sirens” Director Rita Baghdadi

Sundance 2022 Review: “Sirens”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 78 minutes Director: Rita Baghdadi By Morgan Roberts “Sirens”(2022) is a documentary film which gives audiences an intimate look into lives of the women of the band Slave to Sirens. Slave to Sirens is a metal band from Beirut, Lebanon. The two central individuals of focus are guitarists Lilas and Shery. Lilas and Shery are creative partners, writing many songs together. As … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Sirens”

Sundance 2022 Review: “The Janes”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 101 minutes Directors: Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes By Morgan Roberts The Jane Collective was an underground clinic for Chicagoan women in the 1960s and 1970s.  Before Roe v. Wade provided legal protection for women and uterine people seeking to terminate pregnancies, women did not have very many options.  Many times, women would find themselves working with mob doctors or having to … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “The Janes”