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The Front Runner Movie Review

Whether interest in the accountability of public figures was an illusion or a reality then, it seemed to be something that mattered. It might have just been the burgeoning interest in the salacious details of the famous, but one can hope it was something more.   //   The film’s evenhanded look even includes some consideration for the victims of the affair, the wife and the lady in question. It also shows Hart’s narcissistic stance and lack of caring for either. He ...

Ben Is Back Movie Review

Roberts is the loving parent of Ben (played in a star turn by Lucas Hedges) who is home for the holidays. Ben, an ex-junkie in recovery brings a lot of baggage with him. This manifests itself in mother and son getting pulled back into the dark world of drugs, those that sell and those that use.   //   It’s at this point in the proceedings that the story changes tract and morphs into thriller mode. The tension rises and rises as the mother refuses to give up on her son. ...

Green Book Movie Review

Italian American Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) is a salt of the earth kind of guy who is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a hyper intelligent and cultured man of colour through the American South for a musical tour in the sixties. They couldn’t be more opposite.   //   The oppression in the South at the time towards people of colour becomes the catalyst for the two finding common ground. That racism is not shown in even a close manner to its actual horror ...

The Mule Movie Review

Earl Stone (Eastwood) is a down on his luck horticulturist whose business and passion has been ruined by changing times and the Internet. He becomes a drug runner out of necessity but grows to enjoy the money and the thrill. Eastwood looks every wrinkle the part and shuffles his way through the performance in a most engaging way.   //   Poster art to the contrary, the cast is filled with heavyweights like Bradley Cooper and Michael Peña as DEA agents, Dianne Wiest as ...

Final Score and Billionaire Boys Club DVD Reviews

Final Score You know that any action film built around the big guns of Dave Bautista (Drax from Guardians Of The Galaxy) is going to feature some extreme physicality and in that respect Final Score certainly delivers. What does surprise is there is also elements of humour and of family values. It’s not all just people getting beat down. The premise is as over the top as the star’s build and involves an entire football stadium (soccer, not American gridiron) being held to ransom. ...

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Movie Review

Most would be familiar by now with the main storyline behind the series, that of the young boy Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) who befriends a dragon and forever changes the way his Viking tribe sees these majestic beasts. The movies have been consistently satisfying from a story telling aspect and each new edition adds that little bit more to their ethos.   //   In this, the last addition, we get to see Hiccup become a man and take over his duties as leader of the tribe (after ...

The Kid Who Would Be King Movie Review

The story has been brought up to date and set in modern times but cleverly succeeds in keeping the old mythology alive. This even includes a very comic take on Merlin the wizard played by two actors, the regal Patrick Stewart playing against type and Angus Imrie, playing him as the school geek extraordinaire. Both versions are very funny.   //   The believe in yourself message is delivered with little subtlety but it is satisfying nonetheless seeing the school nerd Alex ...

Skate Kitchen Movie Review

Set in New York City and its outlying boroughs, it follows Camille (Rachelle Vinberg) an eighteen year old who is just starting to find her way in life. Coming from a fractured family unit and not fitting easily into any one category, she finally starts to find her way when she hooks up with a group of fellow female skateboarders.   //   The skateboarder lifestyle become a comfort to her and starts to inform her life’s decisions. The film also illustrates how gangs of ...

Storm Boy Movie Review

The novel by Colin Thiele was first published in 1966. That was followed by the first filmed version in 1976. Fast forward to 2019 and director Shawn Seet (The Code and Underbelly) presents a new take starring Geoffrey Rush, Jai Courtney, Trevor Jamieson and the amazing newcomer, Finn Little as the young boy who helps save the lives of three orphaned pelicans.   //   It’s a universal story of growing up without the aid of a full family unit and believing in something ...

Mary Queen of Scots Movie Review

There is a lack of opulence and bright colours that were probably closer to the reality of the times. This is a dark tale, set in dark surrounds, during a dark time. The sets and costumes also do an effective job of staying in this mindset.   //   The main women, Saoirse Ronan at her best as the luminous Mary Stuart and Margot Robbie as the severely portrayed Queen Elizabeth the First are the heroes here, while the men behind them play war mongering, cheats, liars and ...