West Side Story Theatre Review
When the curtain arose, it was easy to get lost in the pure verve of the cast of West Side Story. The opening dance number was so energetic, it felt like they too were revelling in their ability to share such a communal experience. With a play so well known they had to bring their A-game and that they did.
Most know the storyline already, so it was up to the creators to produce a unique approach. The mix of pure athleticism of the dance numbers and quality of voice on display gave this ...
Old Movie Review
Many find his directorial abilities are best served when using others' concepts as a wellspring. The depth and detail of this tale allows Shyamalan to make some pointed observations on topics such as the cutthroat nature of a certain huge industry and the expected entitlements of the wealthy.
The supernatural elements afoot are contrasted nicely by how idyllic the settings are. The beautiful beaches and lush scenery lull you into a gentle calm before things turn ...
Nine Days Movie Review
The scenario is as follows, Will (Winston Duke) occupies a lone house at the end of the world where he is instrumental in choosing entities to venture out and become human beings. The applicants are varied and each has both advantages and disadvantages to take into consideration before the final selection of just one.
Through a series of challenges, Will is able to gauge the potential of each. These tests are heavily coloured by a reference point of a life filled ...
Black Widow Movie Review
Sister Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), father Alexei Shostakov (David Harbour), and mother Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz) are there to provide the grounding for Natasha’s story. Pops Alexei is played mostly for comic effect as the Russian doppelganger of Steve Rogers, while sister and mother provide an emotional foundation.
The story involves a mad Russian named Drekov (Ray Winstone) and his plan to rule the world using brainwashed female sleeper agents. It is ...
In the Heights Movie Review
The heights in the title are Washington Heights a largely Dominican neighborhood in New York City and the main protagonist is Usnavi de la Vega (Anthony Ramos) the owner of a local bodega. He is a pillar of the community and dreams of a better life while saving money to move back to the Dominican Republic to revive his late father's seaside establishment.
The neighbourhood is filled with colourful characters and in a departure from reality, never a harsh word is ...
The Sparks Brothers Movie Review
Along the way, they have helped to invent numerous musical styles that other bands have used to find great financial success while the Mael brothers, Ron and Russell have experienced no real sustained financial or popularity benefit. Their change styles at will approach have made them outsiders but influential to other members of the musical community with both the press and their peers taking a closer look.
With their sustained creative efforts over the years (25 ...
Fast & Furious 9 Movie Review
Inventing a mystery brother, backstory, and all for the main character Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and bringing back a long thought deceased player Han (Sung Kang) is only the tip of an iceberg of incredulous activity. Never once do things seem even remotely plausible and that’s the part of the film’s appeal. The other aspect that pleases is how hilarious it all is.
Intentional or not, you can’t help but laugh out loud at how out of touch with reality it ...
Spirit Untamed Movie Review
Lucky Prescott (Isabela Merced AKA Dora the Explorer) is a free spirit who has lost her mother at an early age and grown up full of vigour for the world around her. Concern from her family for her future cause them to relocate her to the sleepy town of Miradero. The town is also the home of her absent father Jim (Jake Gyllenhaal). He disappeared from her life in reaction to the overwhelming grief of losing his wife, Lucky’s mother.
At first, the relaxed lifest...
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Movie Review
Reprising his role as Deadpool, oops I mean Michael Bryce, the bodyguard from the first film of the franchise, Reynolds gets to revisit a character he knows oh so well. The wisecracks are familiar territory and the script throws him a lot of easy-to-hit pitches. Jackson is well Jackson but Hayek really gets to raise her game in regards to her PPM (profanities per minute).
The trio gets to engage in all kinds of mischief while they work to save the European Union ...
German Film Festival – Next Door Movie Review
Brühl plays Daniel a well-known movie star who stops for a beverage at a local bar on the way to the airport and gets a lot more than he bargained for from the visit. He becomes engaged in conversation with one of the patrons Burno (Peter Kurth) and is at first amused, then annoyed, and finally horrified by the level of information this man has on him and his family.
It turns out Bruno lives in the building next door to Daniel’s movie star digs and has spent ...