By Tony Beal


The true story of J. Robert Oppenheimer’s work towards the creation of the atomic bomb and its social fallout.

“Oppenheimer” is one of the most devastating motion pictures to emerge from the studio system in a long while, both in its presentation of its subject and his actions. This isn’t a movie about triumph in the face of potential destruction; it’s about a selfish man, nay, a selfish group, whose desire for self-preservation threatens our very existence. Through clever editing and visuals, in both subtext and overt message, we witness the lead’s gradual realization of the consequences of his actions— but only after he has acted to save himself. He complies until the deed is done, selecting his moral stance when it suits him. Meanwhile, the supporting characters either defend or confront him. The entire experience is suffocating yet undeniably brilliant.
“Talk To Me”
A group of teens go too far in a supernatural game and suffer the consequences.

“Talk To Me” possesses a fury in its terror that’s rarely seen. Each scene virtually chokes the air out of you, making you feel as if you’re in as much danger as the characters. When the violence ensues, it’s visceral; you can’t look away. Coupled with a standout performance from newcomer Sophie Wilde, this film provides an experience that’s both terrifying and emotionally devastating. It’s a new installment in the horror canon that will, hopefully, influence many works to come.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem”
The four mutant brothers have to step into responsibility when the world is at risk.

“Mutant Mayhem” serves well to introduce younger fans to the series, while also paying tribute to longtime aficionados. It’s a solid, entertaining flick, bolstered by the chemistry among the four leads who truly capture the ‘teenage’ essence implied in the title. While the characterization and story may be somewhat lacking and familiar, the unique and thrilling animation and action more than compensate. The humor appeals to audiences of all ages. It’s a fun, lighthearted romp, even if there isn’t much depth to delve into.
“The Last Voyage of the Demeter”
The crew of the cargo ship Demeter find themselves fighting for their lives upon realizing there’s a stowaway onboard: Dracula.

This film is engagingly surprising, given that it’s essentially “Alien” at sea, substituting the Xenomorph for Dracula. It’s appeal lies in the direction, which conjures an isolating ambiance, thanks both to the confined space of the ship and the vast emptiness of the surrounding ocean. The narrative delivers a raw brutality that makes viewers flinch, especially a scene in the third act that stands out for its sheer cruelty and viciousness. One drawback is the excessively dark visuals, often obscuring the on-screen action. Nevertheless, the cast’s unwavering commitment, combined with a thunderous score from Bear McCreary, puts the finishing touch on this film. It’s a commendable addition to the creature feature genre.

September Releases
September 1
“The Equalizer 3”

September 8
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3”
“The Nun 2”

September 15
“A Haunting in Venice”
“The Outlaw Johnny Black” (Limited)

September 22
“Dumb Money”
“Spy Kids: Armageddon” (Netflix)
“No One Will Save You” (Hulu)

September 29
“The Creator”
“Saw X”
“Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie”