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Cinderella Theatre Review

The large cast cranks up the energy and the dance moves are impressive as are the lighting quick costume changes, it’s magic indeed. Production wise there are some problems, at times the amplified voices are too loud and shrill and the little ones will need to put their fingers in their ears to prevent damage, It’s easy to get lost in a story so familiar and just admire the craft. The stage design and costumes are impressive as well as the choreography and vocal arrangements (even ...

Bullet Train Movie Review

The set-up reads simply on paper but in practice continues to reveal multiple plot lines and characters until the very last moments of the film. It first focuses on Brad Pitt’s character Ladybug, a reluctant criminal who spouts a stream of zen-like sayings that wouldn’t look out of place on someone’s kitchen tea towel.   //   As things progress we meet an ever eclectic mob of killers and crooks and each has something new to offer backstory-wise. There is also a ...

Scandinavian Film Festival: Nordic By Nature Movie Review

The restaurant became internationally known when it won its first Michelin star in 2017. It also only serves 30 diners a night but still has nine chefs and five waiters. The film focuses on head chef Poul Andrias Ziska. His views on sourcing and preparing food are informed by the harsh landscape of the Faroe Islands.   //   The film uses an unflinching approach to depicting how Ziska deals with livestock and marine animals. This includes the butchering of a sheep and the ...

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 ...

Scandinavian Film Festival: Margrete – Queen of the North Movie Review

With unease just under the surface and enemies all around, Margrete will have to face one of her toughest challenges. A task that will redefine her sense of self and show her ultimate strength and love for her country. A strength that comes at the cost of her feelings of motherhood.   //   When watching a foreign film and recognising few if any of the actors, the ability to get lost in the story is enhanced. There isn’t the distraction of career-established personas to ...

Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time Movie Review

Arriving over a decade after the author’s passing in 2007 comes writer/producer/documentarian Robert B. Weide’s loving tribute to the man. Known to most through his work on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Weide’s decades-long friendship with Vonnegut gives him a wide-ranged view into his life and times. He provides a warts and all overview.   //   As irreverent as Vonnegut’s books were, Unstuck in Time is a fairly straightforward look at his life. It’s told linearly and ...

Thor: Love and Thunder Movie Review

The results are a mixed bunch, to say the least. The breezy Antipodean humour of the previous film is almost entirely missing. The jokes feel formulaic and forced and the hit ratio of laughs to groans is quite low. There are some funny bits like Thor’s naked butt rocking some tramp stamps and Russell Crow’s hammy appearance as Zeus that do help to spice things up.   //   As oft times in these endeavours, it’s the lack of imagination in the script that keeps things ...

Minions: The Rise of Gru Movie Review

Young Gru (Steve Carell) who the Minions call “little boss” still lives at home with his mother Marlena (Julie Andrews) and a large gaggle of his little yellow buddies. They have barged in on him and are overrunning his basement. Gru is in the midst of finding his evil bearing.   //   When a job interview goes bad Gru gets sticky-fingered with a precious medallion and sets into motion a crazy chain of events. These include ancient legends discovered, moments of ...

Elvis Movie Review

This is a cautionary tale of adulation, addiction and excess with one casting that makes complete sense and one that doesn’t. Austin Butler is excellent as Presley and the camera loves him. Tom Hanks on the other hand seems an odd choice. It’s almost impossible to see him as a villain and the affectation he uses for the voice and the prosthetics used are off-putting. He looks like a sixties-era TV Batman baddie.   //   Butler is riveting as the younger Presley and ...

Lightyear Movie Review

This is the big P’s most photo realistic-looking work since WALL-E and also one of its most adult. The characters look somewhat cartoonish (even with five fingers on each hand) but the set designs are extremely realistic and are very dark in colour and mode. It’s not light-hearted. //   The story revolves around a mistake Buzz makes during a moment of hubris that strands his crew and ship on a hostile planet. The creatures on this planet are anything but cute and they fill ...