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The Creator Movie Review

Into this ever-expanding category comes Gareth Edwards’ The Creator. His directorial work on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Godzilla shows he has game in this medium and this is his boldest statement yet. He uses cutting-edge effects to full advantage and tackles a topic that is at the forefront of human thinking at the moment.   //   On the surface, the story tells of a time in the future when AI or artificial intelligence has become a species of its own and is in ...

Italian Film Festival – The Eight Mountains Movie Review

Pietro (played at various ages by Luca Marinelli, Lupo Barbiero and Andrea Palma) and Bruno (Alessandro Borghi, Cristiano Sassella and Francesco Palombelli) are childhood friends. Pietro comes from the city and Bruno the country and they both have a lot to learn from each other. Their personal fortunes are also in constant flux.   //     This ongoing change in life conditions between the two gives the film a completely believable narrative. The ebb and flow leads ...

Retribution Movie Review

Set in Berlin, Neeson plays Matt Turner a high-stakes broker who has ignored his family pursuing profits so egregiously that they are looking for the exit. When Matt is guilted into taking his children Zach (Jack Champion) and Emily (Lilly Aspell) to school, what starts as an inconvenience turns tragic.   //   When he learns that his expensive ride has come equipped with the optional booby-trap bomb under the seat the day only gets worse. He is being blackmailed by an ...

PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie – Movie Review

With PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie, the adult content subtle or not is completely stripped away. This is a film that can comfortably be shown to young people of all ages. It was just my good fortune to experience it with my favourite little person in the entire world Eva.   //     She was enthralled throughout its ninety-two-minute running time. The human characteristics given to those cute canines made it easy for her to relate to all cast members and even helped ...

A Haunting in Venice Movie Review

The tale begins with Poirot in self-exile in Venice. He is retired and turning down all requests for his sleuthing services. Even though he is highly sceptical he attends a séance at the behest of his friend the famous writer Ariadne Oliver (Tina Fey). When a murder happens during the event he is pulled back into service.   //   There is much to like about this film, it looks fantastic with an old-school approach to showing the actors in full-frame close-ups. Branagh...

Outpost Movie Review

Kate (Beth Dover) is suffering from an unknown traumatic experience. She is surely suffering from PTSD and experiences frightening hallucinations. As the story unfolds we discover that she was attacked while working at a restaurant. There are also hints of other traumas.   //     She takes a job of isolation in a fire watch tower in the unpopulated mountains of Idaho. Her isolation seems to be helping as she starts to drink coffee from her cup instead of wine. ...

Theater Camp Movie Review

Joan Rubinsky (Amy Sedaris) and Rita Cohen (Caroline Aaron) run a theatre camp in upstate New York that has seen better days. Joan falls into a comp after an epileptic fit brought on by blinking stage lights. The camp them falls under the stewardship of Joan’s dropkick of a son Troy (Jimmy Tatro).   //   Troy’s continual cluelessness is played for laughs as is his inept interaction with social media. Elsewhere the camp’s main creative couple Amos Klobuchar (Ben ...

The Big Bike Film Night Movie Review

From the comic posturings of MAMIL (middle-aged men in lycra) where two riders battle it out anywhere but on the bike to the insane level of resolve shown in Along For The Ride. During which a father transports his very young son in a bicycle trailer while competing in a 320K 24-hour gravel race while suffering from a broken rib, the shorts run the gambit from humorous to inspirational.   //   There is also the story of the Schneeberger family who defy illness to give ...

Haunted Mansion Movie Review

The story as it exists involves a single mother Gabbie (Rosario Dawson) and her son Travis (Chase Dillon) who move into an old mansion in backwater Louisiana. When it turns out to be haunted they enlist the help of scientist Ben Matthias (LaKeith Stanfield) to help rid the house of its unwanted visitors. //     If anyone has ever actually ridden on the Disneyland ride, it is quite impressive how many of that ride’s visual elements are incorporated into the movie. This ...

The Equalizer 3 Movie Review

The latest chapter of The Equalizer film franchise (which is based on the eighties TV series of the same name) sees the man of few words injured and recuperating in a beautiful Italian village. While there he learns to love the locals and when they are threatened by the local mafioso he shuffles into action.   //     The pacing in this edition is even more deliberate than in previous incantations and this helps things build to a most satisfying climax. The body ...