Author Dennis Seuling

For over 25 years, I was the Film and Home Entertainment Reviewer for "The Villadom TIMES," a New Jersey weekly newspaper, and have written for several other publications. I developed and taught a Film Studies program for two New York City high schools that included Film History, Horror/Fantasy, and Film Making.

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Summer has become the Season of Super Heroes, with assorted saviors in spandex making their way to movie theaters during this lucrative period. Wonder Woman (Warner Home Video) is the latest of the bunch, but this one is different.

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The title character of “Beatriz at Dinner” is played by Salma Hayek. Beatriz is a masseuse and alternate-therapy healer who works with cancer patients in a hospital and private clients in their homes. She has been summoned to the elegant Pacific coast home of her client Cathy (Connie Britton) to get her in shape to host an important business dinner that …

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The Mummy (Universal Home Entertainment) stars Tom Cruise as Nick Morton, a soldier stationed in Iraq. Though he’s in the country to fight, he seems more concerned with finding ancient treasures and selling them on the black market. During a heavy firefight, Nick and pal Chris Vail (Jake Johnson), discover tomb that contains the mummy of evil Egyptian princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella). Egyptologist Jenny Haisey (Annabelle Wallis) …

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Maurice (Cohen Film Collection) is set amid the conformity of pre-World War I English society. Students Maurice Hall (James Wilby, Howards End) and Clive Durham (Hugh Grant, Four Weddings and a Funeral) find themselves falling in love at Cambridge. In a time when homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment, the two must keep their feelings for one another a complete secret.

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Heal the Living (Cohen Media Group) is a French drama that follows a human heart from a catastrophic accident to a transplant operation. On the way home from a dawn surfing trip, teenager Simon (Gabin Verdet) is involved in a car crash, leaving him brain dead. While dealing with the tragedy, Simon’s parents are forced to decide whether to donate his organs. Across Paris, former musician Claire (Anne Dorval) must confront her own worsening degenerative heart with her sons (Finnegan Oldfield, Theo Cholbi).

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Effects (Agfa) is a film put together on a miniscule budget by friends of the late director, George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead). A group of filmmakers high on cocaine including Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead), Joe Pilato (Day of the Dead), and John Harrison (Tales From the Darkside: The Movie) gather in Pittsburgh to make a slasher flick called …

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Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (Buena Vista) opens with the Guardians battling an alien squid-like monster. Typically such a scene would be an action film’s set piece, but here it’s relegated to the background, often in soft focus. In the foreground, shuffling to the Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky,” is Baby Groot, the small tree-like being, totally …

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Back in 1979, a friend who worked as a publicist for 20th Century-Fox told me about a new science fiction/horror film called “Alien.” He had seen it, and I asked how he thought it would do at the box office. His answer: “Money in the bank.” And he was absolutely correct.

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Everything, Everything (Warner Home Video) stars Amanda Sternberg (Rue in The Hunger Games) as Maddy, a teen living with a rare immunodeficiency disease that makes her allergic to nearly everything. She’s never left her house, and only has contact with her mother, her nurse, and the one friend she is permitted to bring into the house. Before entering the home, guests must pass through an airtight chamber where they are decontaminated of germs.

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The Dinner (Lionsgate) is a thriller about how far parents will go to protect their children. A group of four well-to-do people gather to formally discuss a crime committed by their children. The two couples meet at a fancy restaurant. Cynical history teacher Paul (Steve Coogan) and campaigning congressman Stan (Richard Gere) are brothers who don’t much care for each other. Paul’s wife …

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