The Night House (2021; David Bruckner) GRADE: C By Daniel Barnes *Opening today in wide release. “Do you guys believe in ghosts?” I can’t stand what I call “noise horror” movies, so take the rest of this with as many grains of salt as you need. By noise […]
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Dancin’: It’s On! – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 94 “This is basically Skim Milk: The Motion Picture.” Hit Parade Hotel bellboys Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell turn the dancin’ off long enough to review Dancin’: It’s On!. This hilariously inept Panama City Beach travelogue has good dancin’ but […]
Annette (2021; Leos Carax) GRADE: B+ By Daniel Barnes *Now playing in select theaters; premiering on Amazon Prime on Aug. 20. “So, may we start?” The best film of the year so far. Holy Motors director Carax takes the logical next step with his English-language debut Annette, an anti-ecstatic […]
Nine Days (2021; Edson Oda) GRADE: C+ By Daniel Barnes *Opening today at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento. “This has nothing to do with being good or bad.” Accomplished short film and commercial director Oda makes his feature-length debut with this uneven existential fantasy. Winston Duke (Us) gives […]
Dare Daniel Podcast – All Dares Episode 3 On this very special Dare Daniel podcast episode, Daniel and Corky read a bumper crop of bad movie dares. The hosts also prepare for their upcoming 100th episode by recounting their most (and least) popular reviews. FACTS AND FIGURES This […]
Jungle Cruise (2021; Jaume Collet-Serra) GRADE: D By Daniel Barnes *Now playing in wide release and streaming on Disney+ with Premier Access. Knockoffs Upon Knockoffs Based on an opening day Disneyland ride heavily inspired by John Huston’s The African Queen, the long-delayed Jungle Cruise is unnecessary, unoriginal and practically […]