The Courier Movie Review
The conspirator is a Soviet military intelligence (GRU) colonel by the name of Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze) who sees danger in the erratic leadership of Nikita Khrushchev played by the late Russian actor Vladimir Chuprikov. He reaches out to the West. Wynne is chosen to be his contact under the guise of being a simple businessman who Penkovsky can steal manufacturing techniques from.
The inherent danger of what the two are doing is never far from the surface and ...
Tom & Jerry Movie Review
Animated shenanigans include things like faking blindness to help revenue while panhandling, squatting held as a virtue, wanton property destruction, ethnic stereotyping, and the classic Saturday morning cartoon portrayal of excessive violence as comic fodder. Good clean comedy for those surfing the sugar rush of morning breakfast cereal.
Homo sapien actor-wise, Chloë Grace Moretz plays a great shill and her surface of nauseating niceness is the perfect cover for ...
Nobody Movie Review
Bob Odenkirk plays Hutch Mansell, an everyday schmo whose family life is on repeat play until a home invasion turns things upside down and his past comes to the fore. For those that are fans of Mr. Goodman, it’s like seeing him transform into Rambo and play out an adult fantasy version of Home Alone.
There is a tie-in with the Russian mafia that doesn’t involve a puppy but might include a Van Gogh painting and one badass Grandfather (played with an infectious ...
Retro Movie Review – Shutter Island
The film starts out with a boat ride that would be helped by a shot of Dramamine as U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) and his partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are sent to a hospital for the criminally insane located on an isolated island to investigate the disappearance of one of its patients. This sets off a chain of events that will push the already unstable Marshal to and over the edge.
The movie’s trailer to the contrary, the film is more of a psychol...
Peter Rabbit 2 Movie Review
The humans from part one of the saga, Bea (Rose Byrne) and Thomas (Domhnall Gleeson) are now married and living an idyllic life on the farm with their furry friends. Bea has continued with her creation of books based around Peter Rabbit and his friends and goes to the big city with her animal family in tow to meet up with a publisher. Once there Peter (James Corden) feels misunderstood and ventures out on his own.
He soon falls in with a bad crowd and gets roped ...
The Last Vermeer Movie Review
Van Meegeren profited greatly from selling Johannes Vermeer paintings to high-ranking German officials during the war. After hostilities ended he was charged with selling Dutch cultural property to the Nazis and faced a possible death sentence. During the trial, he used the defense that he actually forged the paintings and thus was able to avoid capital punishment.
Starting as an investigative yarn, the film features Danish actor Claes Bang playing Captain Joseph ...
Godzilla vs. Kong Movie Review
Following Kong: Skull Island in 2017 and Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019, this latest edition in Legendary's MonsterVerse pits the two biggest box office titans against each other while the fate of the world hangs in the balance. The final battlefield this time takes place in Hong Kong and the city comes off very second best. The level of destruction is impressive.
The filmmakers have relied on the spectacle of the fight scenes to carry the movie as the ...
White Riot Movie Review
The lines were drawn between the Callaghan government and their passive support of the anti-immigrant National Front and the opposition to this status quo by the more forward-thinking youth of the time. This situation found its champions in Red Saunders, Jo Wreford, Pete Bruno, and others. They conceived a one-off concert called Rock Against Racism as a reaction to the racist rhetoric put forth by Eric Clapton, yes that Eric Clapton.
That concert helped start a ...
Retro Movie Review – Shame
The sex addiction angle is given main focus and this has led to the film being in the crosshairs of both film censors and the more conservative reviewers. The press generated about its raunchy nature is well founded but the end result of so much disconnect sex is just tedium. The more sexual contact Brandon has, the less he feels and the harder it is for the viewer to feel engaged.
The acting is of a high calibre and seeing Carey Mulligan step outside her usual ...
Retro Movie Review – Robin Hood
Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) is an expert archer in King Richard The Lionheart’s army who becomes disillusioned with some of the things he was forced to do while in battle and when the King is killed, he and his cohorts escape France and return to England. The boys soon arrive in Nottingham, where Robin meets Lady Marian (Cate Blanchett) and joins the town’s battles.
The tale of Robin Hood is one of cinema’s most well used story lines and many films and ...