Review: Wechsler’s Mind-Boggling Thriller ‘Altered Minds’


Imagine a loving guardian; someone who cares for you as your soul protector. This person has supported you and your dreams for as long as you can remember. Then one day a memory surfaces into an eye-opening nightmare. A memory of a time when you were no longer protected. A time when you became altered. Michael Wechsler’s film Altered Minds shows how fragile the human psyche can be when it’s betrayed. So broken that it may never piece itself back together.

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Despite the overall production of the film being mostly contained within the Shellner’s home, Michael Wechsler did what he could with the intriguing plot and compelling performances by the cast, especially from C.S. Lee. Overall, the film was substantial, it didn’t leave me in awe, however it also did not leave me disappointed. Altered Minds will be available DVD on June 14th.

3 out of 5 Stars

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Every family has its secrets.  Some, however, are far, far darker than others.  ALTERED MINDS, a taut psychological thriller from director Michael Z. Wechsler, may just unearth more than any one family can bear.  Supported by an all-star ensemble led by Multi Emmy® and Tony® winner and Oscar® nominee Judd Hirsch, this “powerful, effective[1]” thriller arrives on loaded DVD on June 14 from Entertainment One and Rowish Productions. [1] Philadelphia Inquirer

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Just in time for Earth Day, a new ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ trailer has arrived!


Fox has released a new trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence and we have it for you below!

We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

The film stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe and Sela Ward and is directed by Roland Emmerich.

Also, to help us all defend our planet, for a limited time, the original Independence Day (1996) movie will be available for only $0.99, with all of Fox’s net proceeds being donated to Earth Day Network! Get your $0.99 download of ID4 here: Fans can also participate in a global #IndependenceDayLive Earth Day Watch Party, starting at 4pm PT by following #IndependenceDayLive and @IndependenceDay.

First Trailer: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox & Brent Spiner return!

independence day3 independence day2 independence day1Today we celebrate the first trailer for INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE! See Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Angelababy, William Fichtner, and Sela Ward in this epic next chapter.  Check out the trailer and then head to for an interactive look back on the key developments and important moments since humanity’s greatest victory, from the rebuilding of our cities to the establishment of the Moon base.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY RESURGENCE hits theaters everywhere June 24, 2016!