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The Alliance Lately: Issue No. 55

Recent weeks have brought horror films and a period piece to big screens across the country.

In the last two weeks, the Stephen King adaptation “Firestarter” and the A24 independent thriller “Men” were released, as was “Downton Abbey: A New Era.” Those films and many more were under review by the MNFCA.

Here’s what the Alliance has been up to lately.

Joe Botten

For his site, Botten reviewed “Downton Abbey: A New Era,” “Chip ‘N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers,” “Shepherd” and “Torn Hearts.”

Brian Eggert

At Deep Focus Review, Eggert reviewed new releases “Men,” “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Both Sides of the Blade,” while also wrapping coverage of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. He also wrote about 1986’s “Top Gun.”

Kelly Florence and Meg Hafdahl

On a recent episode of their Horror Rewind podcast, Florence and Hafdahl discussed recent media they’ve watched such as the film “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”

Kyle Goethe

At his site, Goethe wrote one column about Amazon’s move to not have the 2006 film “Shortbus” on its platform and another regarding the news of a “Law Abiding Citizen” sequel.”

Paul McGuire Grimes

For his series Paul’s Trip to the Movies, Grimes reviewed new releases “Top Gun: Maverick” and the new “Downton Abbey.”

Matt Hambidge

On the site News From the Couch, Hambidge reviewed the Netflix film “Senior Year” and the romantic comedy “The Valet.”

He also co-hosted episodes of the Cinema Stubs podcast, with one focused on “Firestarter” and other Stephen King adaptations, and another on the “Rescue Rangers” movie with discussion on other nostalgic series.

Danny Haslach

On an episode of the FilmBird podcast, Haslach co-hosted a discussion on the 2022 film “The Northman.”

Eric Houston

For the series Bad Movie Bros, Houston discussed 1993’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”

Frank Lee

Frank Lee wrote about “Firestarter,” the adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, for the Brainerd Dispatch.

Matthew Liedke

At his site, Liedke reviewed new films “Firestarter,” “Downton Abbey: A New Era” and “Men.” He also wrote about his concerns with Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Phase 4” saga.

Ruth Maramis

On FlixChatter, Maramis wrote a review of the new “Downton Abbey” film. She also wrote about five great scores by the composer Vangelis, who passed away this month.

Mark McPherson

At his site, McPherson reviewed “Chip ‘N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers,” “Men” and “Top Gun: Maverick.”

Frank Stanko

As part of his continuing look at films from 1998, Stanko wrote about the films “Bulworth,” “Deep Impact” and “Quest for Camelot.”


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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