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Brahms: The Boy II (Blu-ray)
by William Harrison


I do not recall much about it, but I remember thinking 2016 horror film The Boy was halfway decent and at least entertaining. Four years later, we get a sequel no one asked for: Brahms: The Boy II. The director and writer of the original, William Brent Bell and Stacey Menear, respectively, return here, but Brahms is little more than a convoluted bore despite the film's incessant audible stingers and attempted jump scares. I'm not sure what the f**k Katie Holmes is doing here, but I guess her career has been on ice as of late. The movie runs a brief 86 minutes, but I found myself fighting sleep as it rolled toward an uneventful, anticlimactic finale. While I always appreciate a good horror film, there is not much worth staying awake for here.

As I recall, the original film had s...Read the entire review »

Budapest Noir (Blu-ray)
by Tyler Foster

The year is 1936. The Hungarian Prime Minister has just come back from Germany in a pine box and tensions are high when it comes to Jewish refugees. Zsigmond Gordon (Kristian Kolovratnik) has recently left American and returned to Hungary, picking up his crime beat for the local paper, but a bit wearier and more jaded. When a young woman turns up dead in the part of town where the sex workers make their money, everyone looks at it as an open-and-shut case, but something about it bugs Zsigmond, and it's not just his own brief connection to the deceased. With the help of his old photographer girlfriend Krisztina (Reka Tenki), back in Hungary after a brush with the Nazis, Zsigmond starts to kick over some rocks looking for the truth.

Budapest Noir is often admirable but rarely exciting, constructing a fairly standard tale of wrongdoing among the upper class with skill but no panache. Director E...Read the entire review »

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