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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 ...

Teacher Movie Review and Blue-ray Giveaway

When two of his more reserved and hard working students, Daniela Lopez (Esme Perez) and Preston Walsh (Matthew Garry) become victims of bullying by the school’s resident rich jock hotshot, Tim Cooper (Curtis Edward Jackson), things reach a critical mass. After Preston is jumped, beaten and robbed by two thugs in black masks and Daniela attempts suicide, the detonator pin is pulled.   //   From this point forward, the film transitions from a study of high school ...

Fantasy Island Movie Review

Given the popularity and appealing quirkiness of Blumhouse films like Get Out, Happy Death Day and BlacKkKlansman, one would have the initial impression of a certain level of quality but a Wiki investigation of the company’s large and spotty output reveals just the opposite. Unfortunately they have done themselves no favours with their latest production.   //   The biggest flaw (and there are many) is a weak concept that they constantly dilute by changing the instig...

A Guide to Second Date Sex Movie Review

Ryan (George MacKay) and Laura (Alexandra Roach) are out with friends at a night club, where they drink too much and end up in bed by the end of the night. That was the easy part, no comes the difficulty of following up that night of drunken passion with a second date. Ryan and Laura both receive absolutely useless advice from their friends and so end up getting together completely unprepared.   //   It’s the screenplay’s ability to tip toe its way through cliche and ...

Emma Movie Review

Arriving over two decades after Douglas McGrath’s 1996 starring vehicle for Gwyneth Paltrow, this version by director Autumn de Wilde attempts to reintroduce the story to a new generation. It revolves around the life of the young daughter Emma, played by Anya Taylor-Joy (Peaky Blinders and Glass).   //   She is rich, spoiled and likes to bend the people around her to her will, this includes her somewhat bumbling father played by Bill Nighy. As she experiences a slowly ...

Richard Jewell Movie Review

Jewell was the security guard who was falsely accused of the 1996 Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia. The FBI in a rush to solve the case came up with a profile and then twisted the facts to fit their created scenario. And even though Jewell was never formally charged, the media picked up on the story and he was tried, convicted and sentenced in the press.   //   Eastwood’s direction is even handed and Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya and BlacKkKlansman) delivers ...