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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 ...

Operation Mincemeat Movie Review

Operation Mincemeat was the code name given to a spy scam to trick Hitler and the Nazis into thinking that the allies were going to invade Greece instead of the intended target of Sicily. This was accomplished by planting a body, intended to be perceived as a downed aviator with false documents.   //   The plan is unveiled with a meticulous attention to detail and makes you rack your brain trying to come up with elements that they might have missed. The plan runs into ...

Father Stu Movie Review

Mark Wahlberg plays Stuart Long, a lad who grew up in Montana and endured more than his fair share of tragedy. He lost his younger brother Stephen at age four to meningococcus and then developed inclusion body myositis, a muscle disorder similar to Lou Gehrig’s disease.   //   He overcame these trials to become a Catholic priest before his death at fifty years of age. The film oversimplifies his life story and removes some of the more outlandish elements in pursuit of ...

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Movie Review

Highlights include a classic cameo and some interesting universe graduates introduced and then dispatched rather quickly. There is also a great scene where two of the Doctors battle each other with music notes. This was very much enhanced by seeing the film in a theatre with a kick-butt sound system.   //   The storyline as it is makes little sense but that is almost beside the point by this moment in time. Suspend expectations and just revel in clever homages to some ...

Spanish Film Festival – Official Competition Movie Review

Humberto Suárez (José Luis Gómez) is a very rich maven of the pharmaceutical industry that wants to create something to be remembered by and figures why not make a film. His complete lack of experience poses not problem. He buys the rights to a book he’s never read and hires famous director Lola Cuevas (Penélope Cruz).   //   Cuevas is a world class eccentric and she hires matinee idol Félix Rivero (Antonio Banderas) and world class thespian Iván Torres (Oscar ...

Downton Abbey: A New Era Movie Review

Wisely the filmmakers have stitched together multiple plot lines this time (as opposed to a royal visit being the main feature in the first film). This leads to a richer tapestry to work with and this creates improvements on the first movie in almost every way.   //   One plot line is the mystery inheritance of a villa in France by Violet Crawley, played by the series MVP Maggie Smith. This necessitates a trip across the pond and provides the opportunity of showcasing ...

Spanish Film Festival – Language Lessons Movie Review

Adam (Mark Duplass) receives a present from his husband for 100 Spanish lessons. They are to be delivered remotely by Cariño (Natalie Morales). Adam lives the life of luxury in the United States while Cariño has to ply her trade remotely from Costa Rica. Through circumstance, they become much more than teacher and student.   //   Underlined by some very serious themes, the film is a joy to behold and its emotional ride, while not always easy is tremendously satisfying. ...

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Movie Review

For hardcore fans of his complete movie catalogue, there are too many easter eggs to count. For the less obsessive it references enough of his mainstream fare to still make you a co-conspirator in the mirth. It definitely relies on you finding the actor’s core character amusing.   //   Cage plays a version of Cage that is in need of a career (and financial) bump after losing out on a work-defining role. He accepts a lucrative invitation to attend a birthday party for ...

The Northman Movie Review

Fast forward a number of years and the ensuing time has not been kind to the adult Prince. His body shows the hard life of a marauding warrior and his mind is still crowded with thoughts of revenge. Even meeting a hot blonde, Olga of the Birch Forest (Anya Taylor-Joy) does little to mellow out his ways.   //   He discovers the location of his uncle, Fjölnir the Brotherless (Claes Bang) and continues his unwavering direction of vengeance. This time taking Olga along for ...

The Lost City Movie Review

Loretta Sage (Bullock) writes pulpy romance novels while retiring from the world after the death of her adventurer husband and Alan (Tatum) is the beefcake model whose flowing locks and bulging muscles adorn the book’s covers. They are brought together for a book tour by super-agent Beth (Da'Vine Joy Randolph).   //   During this ceremony, Loretta is kidnapped by Mr. Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe) to translate an ancient text that provides the basis to find hidden treasu...