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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Rock Dog (Lionsgate) is an animated feature about Bodi (voice of Luke Wilson), a Tibetan mastiff who lives on Snow Mountain where he is training to be a shepherd, keeping the wolves away from the sheep under the watchful eye of his father, Khampa (J.K. Simmons), but his heart isn’t into it. When a passing plane accidentally drops a radio, Bodi hears the sound of an electric guitar for the first time. Soon, Bodi is off to find out who’s responsible for the amazing sound — the incredible Angus Scattergood

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Logan (20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment), set in the year 2029, is about an older, grizzled Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) who has tried to leave behind his mutant abilities and live life a low-key life as a limousine driver. The X-Men are gone; a mutant hasn’t been born in 25 years. Logan’s primary duty, with albino mutant Caliban (Stephen Merchant), is to look after Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart).

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Get Out (Universal home Entertainment) is the warning shouted by millions of horror movie viewers when characters insist on sticking around when a homicidal maniac or monster is roaming about, looking for the next victim. It is also the title of a horror movie that not only provides traditional scare flick thrills, but does so with an underlying theme of racism.

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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Sony Home Entertainment) picks up after the events in “Resident Evil: Retribution.” Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began — The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

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Things to Come (IFC Films) stars Isabelle Huppert (Elle) as middle-aged Nathalie, an academic with a seemingly settled, routine existence, juggling the day-to-day demands of career and family, including frequent visits to her demanding mother (Edith Scob). Her children are grown up and have moved away and, though once a radical herself, she is no longer in sync with the concerns of many of her students.

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Bob Hope Salutes the Troops (Time Life) is a collection of Bob Hope’s TV specials across five decades. Hope spent nearly half of his 100 Christmases heading up USO shows with loads of jokes and lots of stars to entertain the troops. He performed on battleships and battlefields, and the missions were often dangerous and their schedules strenuous. The comedian’s NBC-TV comedy and Christmas specials spanned ten Presidential administrations, from Truman to Clinton.

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La La Land (Lionsgate) is a musical that throws together two people who become attracted to each other while pursuing careers in the arts, hoping to achieve their dreams. She is Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress who works as a barista on a studio backlot. He is Seb (Ryan Gosling), a jazz pianist who makes ends meet by playing in a rock cover band. Her goal: to make it in the movies. His goal: to open his own jazz club.

Special Feature Stephen Geoffreys, seen here as Evil Ed in "Fright Night," will appear in person at Chiller Expo this weekend.
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April means it’s time for Chiller Expo to once again set up shop for a three-day celebration of entertainment, horror and science fiction, and fantasy. The semi-annual show will take place at the Hilton Parsippany Hotel in Parsippany, New Jersey from April 21 to 23.

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Isolation (Lionsgate) is a thriller about a couple — Lydia (Tricia Helfer) and Creighton (Luke Mably) — who hope to get their shaky marriage back on track by journeying to a remote island in the Bahamas. After a night of drinking, they return to their cabin to find it ransacked. The motives of another couple, Max (Dominic Purcell) and Nina (Marie Avgeropoulos) are unclear. They may be able to help them, or possibly harm them.

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“Split” stars James McAvoy as a man with 23 personalities. We never see all of them, but the ones that present themselves are wildly different, often dangerous, and consistently creepy.

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