Honeyland Movie Review
Hatidze Muratova is a beekeeper who lives in a remote mountainous village in North Macedonia. She is very poor and shares a domicile with her sickly mother. She tends to her bees with love, respect and in harmonious balance with the laws of the land. She has very simple needs and is very careful to not deplete the natural resources that her bee colonies represent.
When a large family moves into her tiny village, their expanded needs and disregard for Hatidze’s ...
The Way Back Movie Review
Ben Affleck, who has had his own issues with substance abuse, plays Jack Cunningham, a man hiding in a bottle to avoid dealing with a huge personal loss. The establishing scenes make if very clear that there is a deep seated problem with alcohol and as things develop you are given more details on the cause.
Affleck, never known for his dynamic range as an actor is well cast as a man that feels only pain and his monosyllabic delivery suits the character. The film ...
Dark Waters Movie Review
In this case, it’s the chemical company DuPont that poisoned its workers and a substantial portion of the population of a small town in West Virginia called Parkersburg during their manufacture of a product called Teflon. Through a long and protracted court battle and subsequent medical investigation, they were proven to be guilty of the willful disregard of public safety and untimely had to pay out a huge settlement.
Mark Ruffalo plays the lawyer Rob Bilott, a ...
Downhill Movie Review
During the holiday, Pete Staunton (Ferrell) when faced with a potentially dangerous situation, acts in a cowardly fashion. His motives or the cause of this digression is never fully explained, either through backstory or in the ongoing storyline. A previous family tragedy is mentioned but never fully explained. The gap this causes is quite noticeable.
Even though Ferrell plays someone who seems emotionally damaged, his wooden and reserved delivery gives very few ...
Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears Movie Review
This time the adventure is set in the Middle East and involves Bedouin tribes and ancient curses. It also visits the English aristocrats while they drink champagne and nibble on cucumber sandwiches. There are murders and prison escapes and Miss Fisher does her best to stay one step ahead of the action.
It must be said that those expecting an expanded palate with the move to the big screen will be disappointed. The film plays out like a TV movie of the week and has ...
The Invisible Man Movie Review
He very effectively uses modern sound design (and cinema surround sound) to provide audio clues that suggest an evil presence instead of relying on visual cues that would dissipate the dread by visibly identifying the intruder. It’s an approach the pays dividends throughout the film by asking more attentiveness from the audience.
Casting Elisabeth Moss as the female lead was also a good choice as she is unafraid to appear haggard and less than glamorous. Her ...
In My Blood It Runs Movie Review
He is wise beyond his years but is caught between two worlds. Inside his Aboriginal roots run deep and he reacts poorly to being directed into a western education. This forced narrative is brought to its full and insidious light with a scene where he is taught about Captain Cook claiming all of Australia for the British.
Mixing news footage of the protests around the country to secure indigenous rights and the human right violations perpetrated on juveniles while ...
Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Review
For parents, it’s a profanity free romp with a very clear representation of good and a very comic book view of evil. The big baddie, Dr. Ivo Robotnik is played by Jim Carrey with a performance as manic and over the top as his glory days of The Mask and Ace Ventura. His handlebar moustache alone is worthy of recognition.
As an evil mastermind with an affinity for machines and a disdain for humans, Robotnik has a never ending supply of clever gadgets and imagina...
The Call Of The Wild Movie Review
The story involves a man running from his past, John Thornton (a craggy looking Harrison Ford) and a behemoth of a dog, Buck. Set in turn of the century Alaska and based on the Jack London novel of the same name, it takes full advantage of the vast landscapes and the frozen winter.
Buck appears to be made up entirely of zeros and ones and at first it feels a little odd but you soon become accustomed to his appearance and then enjoy the moments of his almost human ...
The Neighbourhood Theatre Review
Different avenues to the same hopeful destination. Those paths are lined with obstacles of omission and the hurdles of acceptance. Sometimes it’s just an uncaring aside that cuts the deepest. Embracing a world view outside the easily known is often a step too far. Rattle the cage of easy avoidance.
Each remembrance carries the weight of deeply felt emotion, sometimes through appalling apathy, sometimes amid armed conflagration or even the deep desire for anonymity. After giving our ...