‘The Cursed’ conjures up a strange and spooky cinematic hex

“The Cursed” (2021) – “She was bitten?  Where is she?” – John McBride (Boyd Holbrook) Both brave and fearful folks will ask these two questions when hearing that a woman is hurt due to “something” terrorizing a small village and regularly ripping human flesh like a twisted animal.  McBride resides in the former camp.  Set in rural 19th-century France, writer/director/cinematographer Sean Ellis’ (“Anthropoid” (2016)) horror movie feels like a throwback to tangible, soiled Hammer Films and a rich, atmospheric 21st-century production.  Many outdoor shots trigger unsettling memories of Robert Eggers’…

‘The Power of the Dog’ is the Phoenix Critics Circle’s 2021 Best Picture

“The Power of the Dog” won five Phoenix Critics Circle (PCC) awards on Fri., Dec. 17, including Best Picture and Best Director for Jane Campion. Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog”) and Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”) took the top acting prizes. Jeff Mitchell from – the Phoenix Film Festival and Art House Film Wire – is a proud PCC member, and for more information on the PCC, please visit the website. The complete list of winners and nominees are listed here. BEST PICTURE – THE POWER OF THE DOG Drive…

‘The Power of the Dog’ catches 8 Phoenix Critics Circle Nominations

Phoenix Critics Circle members selected their nominations for the best films and performances of 2021. Leading the way is “The Power of the Dog” with eight nominations.  Paul Thomas Anderson’s comedy “Licorice Pizza” and Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” both received six, while Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car” picked up four, including Best Picture. Final voting is underway, and the winners will be announced on Dec. 17, 2021. Jeff Mitchell from – the Phoenix Film Festival and Art House Film Wire – is a proud Phoenix Critics Circle (PCC) member,…