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Patrick Movie Review

Beattie Edmondson, daughter of Young One Adrian Edmondson and the absolutely fabulous Jennifer Saunders plays the spinster Sarah Francis, who comes into possession of Patrick, a mischievous Pug dog. Through a quite predictable path, she and the unwanted pooch become attached to each other and this coincides with an upturn in her fortunes.   //   There are very few surprises in store via the screenplay and the non reality of the setting wares a bit thin, it’s set in ...

Journey’s End Movie Review

The acting is superlative to a man. Sam Claflin as the company’s leader, Captain Stanhope, shows the signs of what is now known as PTSD. He has witnessed too much horror and experienced too much loss to continue as a well functioning human being.   //   Then there is Asa Butterfield as the fresh faced Second Lieutenant Raleigh, he just out of boot camp and yet to experience the horrors of war. His story arch is an especially tragic one. Paul Bettany as Lieutenant ...

Boy Erased Movie Review

The film energizes the viewer with a sense of outrage over the misguided attempt to cure their son’s homosexuality with the therapy while taking an even handed look at the hypocrisy of their religion, one based on forgiveness and love. Edgerton is masterful at balancing these opposites.   //   The father (Russell Crowe) mother (Nicole Kidman) and son (Lucas Hedges) form a loving family unit that is changed forever as the clash over religion and sexuality takes over ...

The Girl in the Spider’s Web Movie Review

Gone is the intricate detective yarn, where detailed research and some kick ass computer hacking leads to finding the villain. In its place is a big dumb American style action piece. The kind where the most implausible and physics defying scenarios are played out to keep our hero out of major harm’s way. Damaged and slightly singed but not broken.   //   The Girl in the Spider's Web is based on the fourth novel of the Millennium Series and was written by David Lagerc...

Suspiria Movie Review

There are horror films that scare you and ones that just creep you out, Suspiria is firmly in the later camp. It’s a work that does its best to put you in discomfort and in that pursuit it succeeds magnificently. Director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) keeps you off balance throughout its 152 minute running time. A talented young dancer, Susie Bannion played by Dakota Johnson joins a prestigious dance company in West Berlin in the late seventies and comes under the spell of the ...

Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review

Rami Malek is transcendent as Freddie Mercury and he does a great job of carrying the film on his slender shoulders. He is in almost every scene and if he felt any pressure, his performance doesn’t show it. He is so natural in the spot light and the camera loves him.   //   The dramatic structure of the film is so well thought out that even with the warts and all retelling of Mercury’s life’s story, it feels more accomplishment than tragedy. You feel the loneness ...

Ghost Stories Movie Review

Professor Goodman (Andy Nyman) is the host of a reality television show, Psychic Cheats, that debunks tales of paranormal events. He is summoned to meet Charles Cameron (Leonard Byrne), a psychologist and fellow debunker that has gone missing. At this meeting he is given three cases to study and so it all begins.   //   These three events are somewhat conventional stories about things that go bump in the night. In their telling, there is an undercurrent of both creepin...

Backtrack Boys Movie Review

His approach is unique, using dogs as calming agents and approaching the children with a clam but concerned demeanour. He is approachable and more a friend than disciplinarian. Director Catherine Scott was given long term access and the story she weaves is both heartbreaking and encouraging.   //   We follow two boys through life in the home and the travails of dealing with the legal system. These boys were rudderless in their upbringing and had no good adult role models ...

Halloween Movie Review

If there is a serial killer loose in your neighbourhood and you are a teenager, you really should know that if you have sex, smoke pot or run through the forrest, you are going to die. Add to the list being the small town cop and you know you are going to get bloody. Now is this cinematic world or repeat mistakes, comes the latest reboot of the Halloween franchise. With the #metoo era paying dividends, it’s a refreshing change when the women are not just victims and this time they get ...

A Star is Born Movie Review

The tragedy that underlines the film is not just one of substance abuse but the sadness of loosing the connection to ones art through the effects of tinnitus. The film drives this point home with audio effects of both extreme on-stage volume and that soul destroying constant tone that sufferers become afflicted with. It leads many to do horrible things to stop the suffering.   //   The charm of watching Jack (Cooper) and Ally (Gaga) create music together at the film’s ...