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Five Feet Apart Movie Review

Their lives revolve around schedules and treatment but within those strict confinements they are still teenagers. They push the limits and still believe in love (or at least the teen version of it). Will and Stella are drawn to each other, he is the resident bad boy with a disregard for protocol and she is the OCD teen that must have everything perfectly organised.   //   Of course they fall for each other and run headlong into the myriad of rules and restrictions, the ...

The Lego Movie 2 Movie Review

Emmet (Chris Pratt) is back and so is his main squeeze Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) together they lead an idyllic and peaceful existence. Perfect it is, until aliens invade and turn their colourful home into a bleak and monotone land. They also kidnap Lucy and the rest of Emmet’s best buds and disappear off into the plastic cosmos.   //   This abduction leads to major adventures and a long quest that visits many new lands. The life’s lessons are inter spread amongst an ...

Fighting With My Family Movie Review

When the son and daughter get the opportunity for a try out with the American company, the youngest member of the family, Saraya (Florence Pugh) makes the grade but has to leave behind her brother Zak (Jack Lowden). This causes a strain in the family as Zak has also dedicated his life to the squared circle.   //   Wrestling forms the backdrop but what the film is really about is the power of love and the feeling of inclusion that can only be provided by family. By blood ...

Hotel Mumbai Movie Review

The main trust of the film is the attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. This site was chosen for its opulence and the large numbers of Westerners that stayed there. We follow the plight of the humble hotel staff, most notably Anupam Kher as head chef Hemant Oberoi and Dev Patel as Arjun, one of his waiters. The staff are presented as selfless and brave. This reality is confirmed by the high number of actual staff members that were killed in the siege while protecting their guests. &nbs...

A Dog’s Way Home Movie Review

Through circumstance Bella (the dog) has to leave town to avoid running afoul of the local dog catcher (John Cassini) and ends up hundreds of miles from home. This leads to a long journey back where Bella learns about life on the road and befriends a baby cougar amongst other adventures.   //   She lives through numerous perils as she is hunted by a pack of wild dogs and trying to survive in the wilderness. The film also makes a number of worthwhile comments along the ...

Everybody Knows Movie Review

Laura (Penélope Cruz) returns to Spain for the wedding from her home in Buenos Aires. She is traveling with her children but not her husband. She comes in contact with an old flame Paco (Javier Bardem). They enjoy an idyllic ceremony, even the man of the cloth pimping for his church does little to tarnish the joy.   //   The afterparty is going strong with lots of dancing and free flowing alcohol when suddenly there is a power failure. It’s from this point on, the ...

Captain Marvel Movie Review

Strong female leads are rare in the MCU and this project is a great start at righting that wrong. The film even poses some challenges for the audience as the opening reel is not built on obvious details. Larson plays the Captain with both depth and humour. Her and Jackson riff off each other throughout and it’s a lot of fun to watch.   //   As in almost all origin stories, most to the screen time is spent in character development and the film’s generous running time ...

Greta Movie Review

Frances McCullen (Chloë Grace Moretz) is struggling after the death of her mother and feels a real sense of loneliness. Even her gregarious roommate Erica (Maika Monroe) can do little to help lift her mood. When Frances finds an expensive ladies handbag left behind on the subway and seeks out the owner, things take a turn to the dark side.   //   When the handbag’s owner extends the hand of friendship, Frances’ fragile state of mind prevents her from seeing the ...

Single Asian Female Theatre Review

The laughter it generates makes one look inside to the prejudices that must be overcome in all their absurdity and backwardness. It plays with the acceptance of stereotypes with a wit about itself that puts humour first to make the message more effective. Nobody really learns from shouting. Rapid fire dialogue peppered with current jargon and the occasional f-bomb gives momentum while a clever set design reinforces visual purpose. The story revolves around family and fortune, some good, ...

Stan & Ollie Movie Review

This bittersweet tale is set in the latter part of their careers as they tour England after World War II. It shows two men that were creative partners for most of their adult lives but never really communicated in words or deeds their true feelings for each other.   //   Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel and John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy are absolutely convincing in their roles. They are outstanding in showing the physical comedy side of their art with its strict timing and ...