By Tony Beal


“How To Have Sex”
Three British girls set out on a holiday, anticipating the best summer of their lives filled with new experiences and unforgettable adventures.

This was one of the most upsetting experiences I’ve had watching a movie in quite some time. Molly Manning Walker’s debut captures the intensity of what should be fun and how quickly it becomes terrifying. The big parties feel isolating, and everything that is supposed to be enjoyable ends up turning sour. Mia McKenna-Bruce’s performance encapsulates the feeling of uncertainty in what should be incredible moments, allowing you to feel the terror alongside her. An astonishing work, even though it is a tough one to experience.

“Out of Darkness”
A group of stone-age humans find themselves hunted by a terrifying force.
Simplicity is the best descriptor for “Out of Darkness,” a film that, ironically, is a meat-and-potatoes picture under an hour and a half. Throughout the film, it toys with audience expectations and violently pushes back against them. Desperation and fear drive characters towards their own destruction, yet the film is cleverly patient with its developments. Violence is administered in small doses, making its impact and the resulting hurt felt more acutely when it occurs. By the end, your heart is racing, begging for a moment to breathe.
“Lisa Frankenstein”
An outcast girl decides to create the man of her dreams, encountering some destruction along the way.

This film’s reception will largely depend on the viewer’s appreciation for its camp tone and style. “Lisa Frankenstein” possesses the elements of an over-the-top romantic comedy yet fails to fully realize its potential. The direction and editing, for lack of a better term, feel lifeless, failing to align with the feverish tone and style it aims for, and rendering the film slower than intended. Additionally, its PG-13 rating constrains the film from achieving the level of zaniness it aspires to, leaving the cast to exert their utmost efforts to compensate. A disappointing venture, considering the talent and potential involved.


“Orion and the Dark”
The embodiment of darkness assists a young boy in confronting his fears.

“Orion and the Dark” may not reach the heights of Charlie Kaufman’s most acclaimed works, including “Being John Malkovich,” but it still demonstrates considerable thoughtfulness and emotional maturity, making it suitable for children. The film’s appeal is significantly bolstered by the likability of the voice cast and a well-balanced mix of humor and thematic depth. So compelling are these elements that viewers may find themselves wishing for more time with the characters beyond the film’s 90-minute duration. While the animation is commendably executed, there’s an inescapable sense that its potential is somewhat constrained by budgetary limitations. Overall, it presents a delightful treat, offering families a distinct alternative to the usual fare.

March 1
“Dune: Part Two”
“Spaceman” (Netflix)

March 7
“Ricky Stanicky” (Amazon Prime Video)

March 8
“Kung Fu Panda 4”
“Love Lies Bleeding” (Limited)
“Damsel” (Netflix)

March 15
“One Life”
“Arthur the King”

March 21
“Road House” (Amazon Prime Video)

March 22
“Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire”
“Late Night with the Devil” (Limited)
“Femme” (Limited)
“Shirley” (Netflix)

March 29
“Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire”
“In the Land of Saints and Sinners”
“La Chimera” (Limited)