Spoiler-Free Review of “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” in Theaters: An Entertaining Mystery

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“I need a great case…”

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery released in theaters on November 23rd 2022 and will be available to stream on Netflix on December 23rd 2022. The whodunnit mystery film stars Daniel Craig, Kate Hudson, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Dave Bautista, and Leslie Odom Jr. It runs for approximately two hours and nineteen minutes.

Detective Benoit Blanc returns when he gets mysteriously invited to a billionaire’s private murder mystery party on a remote island in Greece. 

Here is the trailer:

Glass Onion is a delightful sequel with the perfect blend of humor and mystery to keep you entertained until the very end. Is it worthy of YOUR next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Talented cast.

The first Knives Out film had an all-star cast and the sequel does not disappoint in this department. I loved all of the characters and I thought the performances were top-notch. Kate Hudson was a scene-stealer!

Daniel Craig was fantastic as always as the quirky Benoit Blanc and Janelle Monáe was absolutely incredible in this. 

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Perfect balance of humor and mystery.

I loved the quirky dynamic between the group, which added to the humor. This was such a clever and entertaining mystery with an Agatha Christie feel. The sequel felt different from the original film, but that actually worked in its favor. The sequel was fresh and fun, even though some reveals were slightly predictable.

There were also plenty of well-placed twists to throw you off your detective game so you may not have it all figured out…

The Cons:

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Takes a little while to get going…

I get that we needed some set-up to get to know each of our suspects, but I would have liked for everyone to have gathered at the island a little bit sooner. That being said, I still enjoyed all of the extra fluff.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!!!

A captivating mystery stuffed with entertaining moments.

Mystery fans will thoroughly enjoy the sequel, which cleverly finds a voice of its own, separating itself from the original film in the best way possible.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

A VACATION TO DIE FOR…

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When sisters, Nina and Gemma are vacationing in Hawaii with their friends, they get invited to an exclusive party on a private island that seems too good to be true. There’s only one rulethey can’t miss their ferry at midnight or they’ll have to wait until morning to leave the island. Only they didn’t realize that breaking this rule meant they would be hunted down on the island one by one.

Who will make it off the island alive?

I hope you enjoy my new island thriller!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “The Menu” in Theaters: Deliciously Fantastic

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“Go with the flow…let it be magical…”

The Menu released in theaters on November 18th 2022. The dark comedy-horror film stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes, Nicholas Hoult, Hong Chau, and John Leguizamo. It runs for approximately an hour and forty-six minutes.

A young couple travels to a remote island to experience an exclusive dinner with a renowned chef when they soon discover that the unique menu contains some shocking surprises.

Here is the trailer:

The Menu is captivating from start to finish with the perfect ingredients to satisfy your appetite. Is it worthy of YOUR next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Anya Taylor-Joy is perfection.

She is already one of my favorite actresses and she shows off her talent and range once again in The Menu. She was absolutely stunning in that lavender dress and I hope I can find something similar for my own closet!

There was a great back-and-forth between her and Ralph Fiennes, creating a unique dynamic, which was so entertaining to watch unfold on screen. She stole the show for me and then some, proving once again to be an unstoppable force in the horror genre.

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Perfect balance of dark comedy and shocking thrills.

It’s not easy achieving this and I thought that this film executed this balance seamlessly. I absolutely loved the moments of dark comedy, which actually had me laughing out loud quite a few times. The pacing worked really well and I never looked at the time even once. In a lot of ways, this film had the same kind of vibe as Ready or Not, which was fantastic.

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Satisfying ending.

There will be no spoilers in this review, but I was thoroughly pleased with the ending. I often watch films that are completely brilliant and then fail to stick the landing. I think this film really nailed it and carved its spot as one of my top films of the year. It’s safe to say that I will be watching this one over and over again. 

The Cons:

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I really don’t have any…

I loved everything about this film and I don’t have anything negative to say about it…

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!!

Twisted, savory, and a pure delight!

What are you waiting for?

Go see The Menu and bring your appetite! It’s worth every bite.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Menu in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

A VACATION TO DIE FOR…

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When sisters, Nina and Gemma are vacationing in Hawaii with their friends, they get invited to an exclusive party on a private island that seems too good to be true. There’s only one rulethey can’t miss their ferry at midnight or they’ll have to wait until morning to leave the island. Only they didn’t realize that breaking this rule meant they would be hunted down on the island one by one.

Who will make it off the island alive?

I hope you enjoy my new island thriller!

Blood Rose Island is available here!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Maneater” (2022) on Demand: Cheesy Shark Flick has its Moments

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“When a shark tastes something it likes, it doesn’t leave…”

Maneater released on demand on August 26th 2022. The survival horror film stars Nicky Whelan, Shane West, Trace Adkins, and Jeff Fahey. It runs for approximately an hour and twenty-seven minutes.

A group of friends camp at a remote island for the night, but soon realize that a great white shark is stalking them.

Here is the trailer:

Maneater doesn’t take too long to show off its toothy star, but does this film do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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The shark shows up right away…

I’m really glad we didn’t have to wait too long for the shark to show up in this film. There was minimal set-up before we saw the first attack, which was really cheesy and extra, but entertaining nonetheless. A lot of shark films lately have been waiting too long for things to happen, but this was a nice change of pace.

The second half is a lot stronger than the first.

The first half of this film was painful to get through. I thought that this drastically changed by the time we got to the action-packed second half, which was much better. This redeemed the film in a lot of ways and made me like some of the characters more than I initially did. I wouldn’t say that I witnessed anything extraordinary in the shark genre, but it was still a lot of fun.

The Cons:

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Really painful acting…

The dialogue was cringe-worthy and the acting was overdone and excessive. I’m also not sure why we decided to bench our best player in this one…Jeff Fahey. He needed a much bigger role and was the main reason why I tuned in!

None of the characters were really likable at all so it didn’t matter when the shark had its fun with them. They were all basically interchangeable…

So am I in or out?

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I’m 50/50 on this one…

There’s plenty of cheesy fun shark attacks to indulge in, but the over-acting and bad dialogue is painful to get through. The second half of the film is a lot better than the first so you may be better of fast-forwarding through the set-up in the beginning. I promise you won’t miss much.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Maneater in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

My supernatural thriller Girl Number Thirteen is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Elves” on Netflix: Holiday Horror Fun

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“Stay on the coastal road…”

Elves (originally titled Nisser) premiered on Netflix on November 28th 2021 with six episodes available to stream now. The Danish horror series stars Sonja Steen, Milo Campanale, Vivelill Søgaard Holm, Lila Nobel, Peder Pedersen and Ann Eleonora Jørgensen. Each episode runs for 23-26 minutes.

A family travels to a remote island for a Christmas vacation, soon discovering that the island is inhabited by dangerous elves.

Here is the trailer:

Elves immediately gives off a Gremlins sort of vibe embedded in folk horror. The short episodes make it extremely easy to binge-watch, but is it worthy of YOUR next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Short episodes.

I finished this series really quickly and the pacing was done really well in each of the six episodes. Even though they are on the short side, we get to cover enough to keep us coming back for more and I thought that this worked in the show’s favor.

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Solid folk horror entry.

I dug the vibe of this series. There were a lot of horrifying things we witnessed, but it was also balanced out with an adorable scene stealer named Kee-Ko. Seriously, I’m obsessed! The setting really highlighted the eerie feel and there was also plenty of gore and chilling moments sprinkled into the mix.

The Cons:

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Dumb decisions made…

The adults in this series really made a lot of the dumb decisions or were just completely clueless for too long. 

I also just wanted more as soon as I got to the end. The short episodes worked, but I really hope that this show gets picked up for season two because now I’m hooked!

More please!

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

This was a quick and fun festive horror series. I was hooked from the very start and I hope that more horror fans discover this gem because it really delivers and then some!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Elves in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

This competition is killer…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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