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Review by C.J. Bunce

If you can’t enjoy an all-included, exclusive Caribbean resort vacation, then vacations are probably not for you.  Ninety-minutes in and Peacock’s new half-hour series The Resort doesn’t reveal much of what it’s trying to be.  Alternately billed as mystery and comedy, it’s not much of either, but it does seem like a rejected episode of Fantasy Island That series, a Fox reboot starring the fantastic Roselyn Sanchez as a great niece of Ricardo Montalban’s famous host, was far more coherent–and fun.  The Resort focuses on a couple with zero chemistry taking a Sandals-esque resort vacation for an anniversary.  It’s like a cringeworthy watch-party of a friend’s slides from a vacation gone wrong.

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Review by C.J. Bunce

How can a movie only make $25,000 at the box office and be this good?  It must be poor marketing–the movie poster calls it darkly comical, and there’s no humor intended in Albert Shin’s semi-autobiographical directorial debut, the brilliant mystery/suspense/thriller Disappearance at Clifton Hill A 2019 Canadian release that premiered in the U.S. in 2020, this is the kind of simmering mystery in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, with a genre-bending vibe that blends You Should Have Left, I Am the Pretty Thing that Lives in the House, The Sinner, Picnic at Hanging Rock, and Archive 81–and yet it’s unlike any of them.  It stars Tuppence Middleton (The Current War, Jupiter Ascending, The Imitation Game, Mank) in a worthy–and similar–follow-up to her starring role in The Lady Vanishes.

Abby is only seven years old when she sees the boy with one eye, hiding while she vacations with her family in the woods not too far from her home in Niagara Falls.

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