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The Alliance Lately: Issue No. 37

The last two week in the film industry were headlined by a mix of action and horror, with the thriller “Malignant” and Marvel’s “Shang-Chi” both being released. Those films and many more were reviewed recently by MNFCA members.

Check out what the Alliance has been up to lately in mid-September.

Joe Botten

At his site, Botten reviewed the new releases “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” “Cinderella,” “It Takes Three,” “Afterlife of the Party,” “What She Said” and “Shelter in Place.”

Brian Eggert

For Deep Focus Review, Eggert reviewed the 2021 films “Don’t Breathe 2,” “Jungle Cruise” and “Malignant.”

Kelly Florence and Meg Hafdahl

For the Horror Rewind podcast, Florence and Hafdahl spoke about the new “Candyman” film and republished an older episode about the “Amityville Horror” films in anticipation for the release of their new book.

Hunter Friesen

For the Northern Iowan, Friesen wrote reviews for “Malignant” and “Shang Chi: The Legend of the Ten Rings,” as well as a column about his time at the Cannes Film Festival. Friesen also wrote a piece about how narratives play into the Oscar race and hosted a film trivia show for the League of Cinephiles YouTube channel.

Joseph Froemming

For his Joe-Down series, Froemming wrote about 1985’s “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins” and 1976’s “Assault on Precinct 13.”

Kyle Goethe

At his site GOAT Film Reviews, Goethe reviewed “Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings.” Additionally, for the series Kyle and Nick on Film, Goethe was joined by fellow MNFCA member Nicholas Palodichuk to discuss 2020’s “Possessor,” 1981’s “American Pop” and 2016’s “The Red Turtle.”

Paul McGuire Grimes

For his series Paul’s Trip to the Movies, Grimes reviewed “Cinderella,” “Shang-Chi,” “Worth,” “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” and “The Card Counter.” Grimes also appeared on Twin Cities Live on Sept. 13.

Frank Lee

For the Brainerd Dispatch, Lee reviewed new releases “Shang-Chi” and “Malignant.”

Matthew Liedke

At his site, Liedke reviewed both “Shang-Chi” and “Malignant.”

Ruth Maramis

At FlixChatter, Maramis reviewed “Shang-Chi” and “Worth.” Maramis also wrote about her thoughts on the trailer for the new “Matrix” film.

Mark McPherson

For his site, McPherson reviewed the horror film “The Night House” and the comedy “Vacation Friends.” McPherson also produced a video essay about 1973’s “Amarcord.”

Nicholas Palodichuk

On the St. Paul Filmcast, Palodichuk spoke with actress Ali Daniels.

Frank Stanko

In a series about famous actresses in film during 1988 at The Pop Culturists, Stanko wrote about “Dangerous Liaisons,” “The Accused,” “Working Girl,” “Gorillas in the Mist,” “A Cry in the Dark,” “The Accidental Tourist,” “Mississippi Burning,” “Madame Sousatzka,” “Running on Empty,” “A Fish Called Wanda,” “Crossing Delancey,” “Married to the Mob” “Bull Durham” and “Beaches.”


Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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