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If Beale Street Could Talk Movie Review

Set in seventies America, Alonzo 'Fonny' Hunt (Stephan James), a man of colour is falsely accused of rape and get chewed up by the system. It’s a slow grind for both the incarcerated and the viewer. Even the love and effort of both of his families, his and hers, cannot sway the outcome.   //   Filmed with subdued colour pallets and dimly lit scenes, we see the affection that Fonny feels for Clementine ‘Tish’ Rivers (KiKi Layne) but their young love is anything but ...

Alita: Battle Angel Movie Review

Christoph Waltz plays Dr. Dyson Ido, a Geppetto like character who finds some cyborg remains in a scrap heap that is formed by the castoff rubbish of an Emerald City called Zalem. This city floats above the squalor that makes up the area called Iron City. Dr. Ido soon uses these parts to build a complete cyborg that he names Alita.   //   Alita (Rosa Salazar) has no immediate memory of her past and starts her new life doing things teenagers do, like disobeying her ...

At Eternity’s Gate Movie Review

Set during the final years of van Gogh’s life, when he resided in the South of France, it highlights his increasingly deteriorated grasp of his own sanity. Never famous or rich during his lifetime, he leads a hand to mouth existence via the financial and moral support of his brother Theo (Rupert Friend) and Theo's wife Johanna (Amira Casar).   //   He is befriended by fellow artist Paul Gauguin (Oscar Isaac) and in his weakened mental state becomes overly dependant on ...

Happy Death Day 2U Movie Review

The main concept behind HDD2U is so far from left-field, it does a decent job of recreating the film in a new light. At first the continuity comes from the return of the four main characters from the first edition before the film loses focus from too many different plot lines.   //   Jessica Rothe as the blonde heroine Tree Gelbman, Ruby Modine as the homicidal roommate Lori Spengler, Rachel Matthews as the sorority sister Danielle Bouseman and Israel Broussard as the ...

Arctic Movie Review

The film gives little backstory about the plane crash or Overgård’s life past or present but for those with attentive eyes and inquisitive natures, the clues are there. The mountain silhouette on the company logo on clothing and plane. Overgård’s obvious intelligence and the structure he applies to his barren life. This is a man with some working knowledge of the area.   //   Things come to a head when a mysterious helicopter crashes nearby and the sole survivor ...

Escape Room Movie Review

It’s with the effort to involve the audience with the latter that the film runs into a conundrum of its own. The clues that the gamers on-screen must figure out to advance in the game are almost impenetrable to viewers. Very few discernible clues are given. So the experience become less a problem solving exercise and more a conventional horror show.   //   As the brain test turns to terror, the proceedings become less cerebral and instead impart a higher level of slow ...

Cold Pursuit Movie Review

Liam Neeson (a snow ploughman this time) continues his on-screen proclivity to lose or misplace family members and when his only son is killed, he goes on a murderous rampage of revenge. This premise is used as a set up for some very sick laughs.   //   At first the ultra violence is a bit off-putting but you soon throw off those limitations and laugh at all the wrong moments. There are some quite clever running gags and visual jokes that illicit consistent laughs. ...

On The Basis Of Sex Movie Review

The filmmakers have wisely chosen a single case to focus on and it formed an important milestone in Bader Ginsburg’s career. In it she took on generations of prejudice based on gender in American law and won her first important case. In a life filled with many major accomplishments, trying to feature too many cases would have defused the film’s impact.   //   The story also sheds a spotlight on how marginalised women were in American society in the fifties, sixties ...

All The Devil’s Men DVD Review

All The Devil’s Men involves globe trotting mercenaries and more than its fair share of clandestine meetings and bullet ridden shoot outs. An adventure filled with double and triple crosses, all done to make the planet safe from those pesky stray nuclear warheads.   //   This script adds danger on top of danger until you get to the point on not really knowing what the hell is going on. That does little to detract from the gun totting, cliche spitting, macho action ...

Songs and Times Of Sam Cooke Review

Songs and Times Of Sam Cooke pays homage to his musical career through the voice and stagecraft of Australian born Gary Pinto and his crack six piece band. The night was broken down into two sets, with a short intermission in the middle. The first set focused on the more ballad side of his art, while the second set was more up-tempo and included more audience participation.   //   After a few hiccups with the sound during the beginning of the first set (the voice too low ...