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19th Lavazza Italian Film Festival Preview Reviews

This year’s festival will feature a fantastic selection of films like the comedies Put Nonna In The Freezer, a dark comedy about an up-tight policeman that changes his ways for love and My Big Gay Italian Wedding, that illustrates the power a loving mother has in garnering acceptance for her gay son with his homophobic father. It also ends with a great song and dance number. And on a more serious side there are films like The Order Of Things that takes a look at the contentious subject ...

Beast Movie Review

Moll (Jessie Buckley) is a girl with a past, one that is never completely explained. Her life is a dull one punctuated by vividly violent nightmares. She soon meets local Pascal (Johnny Flynn) in the small isolated island community they call home and sparks fly.   //   The film is geared to never letting you off the hook and its creepiness aids in both drawing you in and freaking you out. It establishes both these feelings very well. The story revolves around a series of ...

The Predator Movie Review

He has created a Predator movie for current audience members with a voracious appetite for action. He turns everything up to eleven, more carnage, more guns, more explosions and more stupidity. He gleefully disregards the laws of physics and sensibility and tries his best to overwhelm.   //   With this level of overload, you can’t help but have a rollicking good time. The film takes full advantage of giants screens, giant sound systems and giant cravings for pure ...

Searching Movie Review

It also tells the story of a parent’s worst nightmare, the disappearance of their child. John Cho (Harold and Kumar & Star Trek) is perfectly cast as a father with a rigid adherence to order, one that is truly tested when his daughter goes missing. He is aided in his search by a female detective played by Debra Messing (Will & Grace)   //   Messing’s performance is outstanding and fearless. She sidestep the glamour and is often shown sans makeup and bleary ...

A Simple Favour Movie Review

These talks are stitched together via a sordid tale of insurance fraud and murder. There are some rather large plot holes and elements that make little sense but this is not meant to degrade the experience because this is a fine work of populist entertainment.   //   As such there are a substantial number of unifying moments that had the entire audience on the same page. This lead to a very desirable feeling of shared community. A dark room filled with lots of people who ...

Christopher Robin Movie Review

Now weather those lessons had any longterm positive effect or not, they did provide a lot of feel good moments. Christopher Robin’s lesson is a simple one but it’s told in such a charming and childlike way that it can’t help but draw you in and give you a case of those old time warm and fuzzies.   //   Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) has left his childhood dreams and fantasies far behind him after serving in World War II and has become a workaholic. The neglect ...

Crazy Rich Asians Movie Review

This fish out of water tale follows Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as the woman with the humble background meeting the boyfriend Nick Young’s (Henry Golding) family for the first time. Nick has keep his family’s wealth and influence a secret. The family is of course opposed to the match, so the film finds its way to the inevitable conclusion is a very predictable way.   //   This is not to say that the ride does not have it charms, the selling of the lifestyles of the ...

The Merger Movie Review

Callinan plays Troy Carrington, a football player who had a quick and inglorious pro career and has returned to the small country town of Bodgy Creek to live out his days. He has become somewhat of a recluse after his embarrassingly short footie career and becoming a town outcast by helping via a protest to close down the town’s main business, a lumber mill.   //   He spends his days making bad wine on the farm he inherited from his late father. His life changes ...

The Flip Side Movie Review

It’s a tangled web that entraps this small group. Ronnie (Emily Taheny) once had a thing with actor Henry (Eddie Izzard) who left her and the town behind but returns five years later with obnoxious French girlfriend Sophie (Vanessa Guide). Ronnie has moved on with Jeff (Luke McKenzie) but has never spoken to him about her time with Henry. Confused? So are they.   //   Through circumstance they hit the road together on a trip out to the middle of the outback. They hit ...

Luis & the Aliens Movie Review

The story has been done many time before, a young boy is picked on at school for being different and ignored by his parental unit, in this case his kooky scientist father. The father claims to have had a alien encounter in his youth and has dedicated his life to proving their existence. He does so to the exclusion of his son Luis.   //   Cute and cuddly aliens land on earth to find goods advertised on a home shopping network and befriend Luis. Through their course of ...