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The Happytime Murders Movie Review

Director Brian Henson (son of Jim) gets to scrap the good taste and limited children friendly world and indulge in something very much restricted viewer worthy. Casting Melissa McCarthy gives the film a perfect B movie atmosphere and lowers the expectations of the work having to be fine art. Dirty puppet jokes and bad human jokes, what could be better?   //   Setting the story in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles and following a down on his luck private dick scenario ...

The Spy Who Dumped Me Movie Review

Inhabiting the bumbling role that morphs into the super spy, both Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon do the role justice. They have good chemistry together and Kunis’s straight role balances out nicely with McKinnon’s hyper crazy. The men this time are only there as eye candy and Sam Heughan (hot Jamie from Outlander) plays the role well and doesn’t even have to show his butt.   //   The story that drives the film is thin but as a platform for the girls to do their comic ...

The Darkest Minds Movie Review

Mixing storylines of the traditional road movie with science fiction themes and a teen coming of age saga makes up the parts at play here. Some of those ideas work and others don’t and the deciding factor is often the age of the viewer. The film is very much aimed at a younger audience and will score more points with the teen crowd.   //   There are universal moments at work here like the selfless act of sacrificing personal ambitions for the common good. Also the act ...

The Meg Movie Review

A research station located in the middle of the ocean houses a crew that find a new area that is even deeper than the Mariana Trench. During their exploration they unknowingly unleash some new horrors from the depths. When things get out of hand and they have no one to turn to, they dial up good old JS to save the day.   //   To say that the dialogue lets down the side of this work is to miss the film’s intension. It plays out as more of a comedy than an updated ...

BlacKkKlansman Movie Review

He uses language and profanity with savage intent and it brings the viewer to the very edge of comfort and often times over it. His message is also so heavy, that without the humour and human connection of some of the characters, it would overpower. As it is, it burns its way into your memory cells. The story of a black police detective that is invited to join the Ku Klux Klan is based on the autobiographical book Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth and its truths are so outrageous, that it ...

Mission Impossible: Fallout Movie Review

Every action scene in the film, and these make up almost the entirety of the effort are up close and personal with Mister Cruise.The effect is almost dizzying. The action is so relentless and in your face, you marvel at the fifty-six year old’s athleticism and energy. His acting chops are little used here as there in very little storyline to hold it all together.   //   What exposition there is revolves around saving the world from nuclear terrorist attacks and rouge ...

Jasper Jones Theatre Review

Set in the dying days of 1965, the play pulls no punches is showing how difficult it was growing up in a small town where racial intolerance was the tone of the day and the grind of daily boredom was never far away. Into this environment Charlie, a boy who dreams large comes face to face with many of life’s ugly truths while he acts as the show’s narrator. The play is presented in a brisk fashion, with the clever use of a revolving stage and having the actors play multiple roles to ...

The Wife Movie Review

There was a time the deception was with purpose, to overcome the conditions and gender bias of the times. Then through time the lie became one person’s reality and the other’s trap. This is a story with bold overtones and one that requires the right touch to tell.   //   Director Björn Runge (Daybreak & Mouth to Mouth) combines a great cast and fine screenplay by Jane Anderson (based on a novel by Meg Wolitzer) to produce a gripping work. It is a timely exposé ...

Mark Wingfield – Tales from The Dreaming City Music Review

Mark Wingfield is just such a wizard. He strives to use extended vibrato to give his notes a wavering human voice quality that bridges the gap between the sometimes cold perfectionism that some shredders use and the inviting warmth that is at the root of accessibility. Just giving the audience finger gymnastics is not going to get it done in this day and age.   //   It’s also more than just note selection, exposing fresh nuance in both melody and tone is not easy with ...

Lysa and the Freeborn Dames Theatre Review

Three angelic women (Barbara Lowing, Roxanne McDonald and Hsiao-Ling Tang) play host and impart words of wisdom to both actor and audience. Their words are part truth, part humour and always cut to the heart of the matter. The laughs keep the lessons from becoming too heavy while still imparting universal truths. The play also gives key scenes more than one point of view, often times replaying a scenario with dramatically different outcomes. This gives the audience the ability to ...