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The Bob’s Burgers Movie Review

For long-term fans, you get several unique experiences like seeing number one daughter Tina (Dan Mintz) finally kiss Jimmy Jr. (H. Jon Benjamin) and getting as close as you’ll ever get to seeing youngest daughter Louise (Kristen Schaal) without her bunny ears.   //   The story revolves around sinkholes, skeletons, over-drawn bank accounts, a live performance by The Itty Bitty Ditty Committee, submarines and Bob (Benjamin again), wife Linda (John Roberts), and customer ...

Top Gun: Maverick Movie Review

The story as little as there is revolves around Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell (Tom Cruise) returning to the Top Gun school as an instructor. He is tasked with training his students to succeed in an impossible mission. One he of course gets to eventually participate in and ends up saving the day.   //   Things have come a long way in both camera technology and special effects since 1986 and the aerial footage is amazing. It adds so much it’s almost a completely different ...

The Innocents Movie Review

In the horror genre, few have said more by saying less than writer/director Eskil Vogt with his latest work The Innocents. Its slight and somewhat inconsequential presentation helps to submerge real menace under the surface. This approach allows the unease to accumulate in an excruciating manner. Ida (Rakel Lenora Fløttum) moves to a nondescript housing tower in Norway with her parents and autistic sister Anna (Alva Brynsmo Ramstad). The tower is sparse of inhabitants as most families are ...

Firestarter Movie Review

It never seems to find its comfort zone with its attempt to mix cheesy horror from a distant time and a modern ethos that favours arresting visual effects. What we get is underwhelming imagery that more singes than burns and actors that are left out in the cold.   //   TV actor Ryan Kiera Armstrong reprises Barrymore’s role of Charlie McGee, the girl with flames at her fingertips with some effectiveness. She starts the innocent but things quickly get out of hand as her ...

Operation Mincemeat Movie Review

Operation Mincemeat was the code name given to a spy scam to trick Hitler and the Nazis into thinking that the allies were going to invade Greece instead of the intended target of Sicily. This was accomplished by planting a body, intended to be perceived as a downed aviator with false documents.   //   The plan is unveiled with a meticulous attention to detail and makes you rack your brain trying to come up with elements that they might have missed. The plan runs into ...

Father Stu Movie Review

Mark Wahlberg plays Stuart Long, a lad who grew up in Montana and endured more than his fair share of tragedy. He lost his younger brother Stephen at age four to meningococcus and then developed inclusion body myositis, a muscle disorder similar to Lou Gehrig’s disease.   //   He overcame these trials to become a Catholic priest before his death at fifty years of age. The film oversimplifies his life story and removes some of the more outlandish elements in pursuit of ...

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Movie Review

Highlights include a classic cameo and some interesting universe graduates introduced and then dispatched rather quickly. There is also a great scene where two of the Doctors battle each other with music notes. This was very much enhanced by seeing the film in a theatre with a kick-butt sound system.   //   The storyline as it is makes little sense but that is almost beside the point by this moment in time. Suspend expectations and just revel in clever homages to some ...

Spanish Film Festival – Official Competition Movie Review

Humberto Suárez (José Luis Gómez) is a very rich maven of the pharmaceutical industry that wants to create something to be remembered by and figures why not make a film. His complete lack of experience poses not problem. He buys the rights to a book he’s never read and hires famous director Lola Cuevas (Penélope Cruz).   //   Cuevas is a world class eccentric and she hires matinee idol Félix Rivero (Antonio Banderas) and world class thespian Iván Torres (Oscar ...

Downton Abbey: A New Era Movie Review

Wisely the filmmakers have stitched together multiple plot lines this time (as opposed to a royal visit being the main feature in the first film). This leads to a richer tapestry to work with and this creates improvements on the first movie in almost every way.   //   One plot line is the mystery inheritance of a villa in France by Violet Crawley, played by the series MVP Maggie Smith. This necessitates a trip across the pond and provides the opportunity of showcasing ...

Spanish Film Festival – Language Lessons Movie Review

Adam (Mark Duplass) receives a present from his husband for 100 Spanish lessons. They are to be delivered remotely by Cariño (Natalie Morales). Adam lives the life of luxury in the United States while Cariño has to ply her trade remotely from Costa Rica. Through circumstance, they become much more than teacher and student.   //   Underlined by some very serious themes, the film is a joy to behold and its emotional ride, while not always easy is tremendously satisfying. ...