Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sean Kelly

Fantasia 2016: Bad Blood

A troubled teen becomes an amphibious were-monster in Bad Blood. One night when out with her friend, Victoria Miller (Mary Malloy) is attacked and seriously injured by some sort of creature. She is helped by a mysterious, yet helpful gas station attendant (Vikas Adam), who has developed a serum that can halt Victoria's transformation at the next full moon. However, when Victoria's stepfather smashes the vial believing it to be drugs, Victoria transforms and reeks havoc across town.

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Sean Kelly

Fantasia 2016: Trash Fire

A dysfunctional couple goes to visit family in Trash Fire. After being together for three years, Owen (Adrian Grenier) and Isabel (Angela Trimbur) are barely able to keep there relationship together, particularly due to Owen's spiteful sarcasm and trust issues, stemming from a past tragedy. When Isabel reveals that she is pregnant, Owen wants to make the relationship work. However, as a condition for keeping the baby, Isabel tells Owen to reconnect with his religious zealot of a grandmother Violet (Fionnula Flanagan) and horribly burned sister Pearl (AnnaLynne McCord). It quickly turns into a decision that they'll come to regret.

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Sean Kelly

Review: Star Trek Beyond

The crew of the Enterprise faces a new threat on an uncharted planet in Star Trek Beyond. The crew of the USS Enterprise, lead by Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) is three years into its five year mission. While stopping off at the Federation base of Yorktown, Kirk is assigned to lead a rescue mission into an uncharted nebula to save a stranded ship. However, the Enterprise is immediately ambushed by a swarm of ships lead by Krall (Idris Elba), causing the Enterprise to crash on a nearby planet. With most of the crew captured by Krall, Kirk, Spock (Zachary Quinto), Dr. McCoy (Karl Urban), Chekov (Anton Yelchin), and Scotty (Simon Pegg) team up with alien scavenger Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) to attempt to rescue the crew from the clutches of Krall.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sean Kelly

Fantasia 2016: Embers

A group of people try to exist in a world without memory in Embers. After a global epidemic, the population of the world have forgotten how to remember. Various people try to move on with their lives, including a guy (Jason Ritter) and a girl (Iva Gocheva), who are supposedly lovers, a teacher (Tucker Smallwood) constantly researching his books, and a man (Karl Glusman) who causes nothing but chaos. Meanwhile, Miranda (Greta Fernández) has survived with her memories intact in a bunker with her father (Roberto Cots), however she desires to escape into the outside world.

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Sean Kelly

Fantasia 2016: Let Me Make You a Martyr

Two adoptive siblings are on the run from their crime boss father and a reclusive hit man in Let Me Make You a Martyr. Drew Glass (Niko Nicotera) finds himself in an interrogation room being questioned by Charon (Michael Potts), who asks Drew to describe how he found himself in this predicament. Drew recounts the story of him returning to his hometown and immediately making trouble for crime boss and Drew's adoptive father Larry Glass (Mark Boone Junior), who hires a hitman named Pope (Marilyn Manson) to deal with the situation. Drew reunites with his adoptive sister (and lover) June (Sam Quartin) and they come up with a plan to escape the situation they find themselves in.

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Sean Kelly

Fantasia 2016: Nova Seed

This review was originally published as part of my coverage of WTFilm Fest 2016

A reluctant hero sets out to stop the plans of a mad doctor in Nova Seed. Underneath the ruins of a dying planet, the evil Doctor Mindskull has created the ultimate weapon in the form of a girl named Nova Seed, who is able to cause vegetation to grow anywhere she comes into contact. A Neo Animal Commando is recruited from the gladiator pits to stop Doctor Mindskull's plans at all costs.

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Sean Kelly

Fantasia 2016: Red Christmas

A family celebrating Christmas is tormented by a cloaked stranger in Red Christmas. Diane (Dee Wallace) is having one final Christmas with her family, before selling the family home. Unexpectedly, the family is visited by a cloaked and bandaged figure named Cletus (Sam Campbell), who is claiming to be looking for his mother. Angered at a reference to an abortion Diane had twenty years earlier, she sends Cletus away in disgust. However, it quickly turns out that Cletus cannot handle rejection very well.

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