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Elvis Movie Review

This is a cautionary tale of adulation, addiction and excess with one casting that makes complete sense and one that doesn’t. Austin Butler is excellent as Presley and the camera loves him. Tom Hanks on the other hand seems an odd choice. It’s almost impossible to see him as a villain and the affectation he uses for the voice and the prosthetics used are off-putting. He looks like a sixties-era TV Batman baddie.   //   Butler is riveting as the younger Presley and ...

Lightyear Movie Review

This is the big P’s most photo realistic-looking work since WALL-E and also one of its most adult. The characters look somewhat cartoonish (even with five fingers on each hand) but the set designs are extremely realistic and are very dark in colour and mode. It’s not light-hearted. //   The story revolves around a mistake Buzz makes during a moment of hubris that strands his crew and ship on a hostile planet. The creatures on this planet are anything but cute and they fill ...

Jurassic World Dominion Movie Review

Signing off the last edition of the most recent trilogy in style, Dominion gets the whole gang back together to join in on the fun and much amusement ensues. The return of Sam Neill and Laura Dern plays out most entertainingly and Jeff Goldblum gets to riff as only he can.   //   The dinosaurs that escaped at the end of Fallen Kingdom have now inhabited the entire planet and the humans have a real problem on their hands. An evil CEO Lewis Dodgson (Campbell Scott) ...

9 to 5 the Musical Theatre Review

The struggle women face in the current workplace is one still fraught with issues so the core topical nature illustrates how little progress has been made. This does little to lessen the celebratory nature of the work on stage. The main characters are told with broad strokes and the evil boss is even more cartoonish than before.   //   The play is filled out with Parton’s countrified contribution of songs and lyrics and those are mixed with vibrant dance numbers to ...

Mothering Sunday Movie Review

Set in this tumultuous time frame is the coming of age tale that features Jane at its centre. She is a maid for the Niven family Godfrey (Colin Firth) and Clarrie (Olivia Colman) who have lost a son in the great war and live a very melancholic life. Jane is an orphan and has no family.   //   She has an affair with a local lad who comes from money, Paul Sheringham played by Josh O’Connor, he of The Crown fame as Prince Charlies. Their affair never becomes public ...

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 ...

Watch the trailer for Fire Island, coming soon to Disney+!

Set in the gay vacation destination off of Long Island, New York, FIRE ISLAND is an unapologetic, modern day romantic comedy showcasing a diverse, multicultural examination of queerness and romance. Inspired by the timeless pursuits from Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice, the story centers around two best friends (Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Yang) who set out to have a legendary summer adventure with the help of cheap rosé and their cadre of eclectic friends. FIRE ISLAND, ...

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 ...