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Those Who Wish Me Dead Movie Review

Cast somewhat against type, Angelina Jolie is one of the boys as part of a rough around the edges gang of firefighters plying their trade in the open forests of Wyoming. She is struggling to recover from a traumatic experience that led to fatalities on her watch. Her misjudgment of that event has sent her on a suicidal spiral. Her disconnection is at the heart of the story.   //   Into her damaged life comes Connor, who is on the run from dark forces who mean him ...

Retro Movie Review – Riddick

The Riddick franchise has always held style over substance and the filmmakers of the first edition, Pitch Black were quite adept at turning what was a low budget science fiction yarn into a big dollar money making machine. This latest edition looks marginally better than its predecessors but the emphasis is still on mood and not pinpoint detail.   //   The film also has a lot of humour (and not always intentional) at its core as Diesel’s dialogue is a succession of ...

De Gaulle Movie Review

June 1940 saw the threat to France from the Nazi war machine massively escalate and many in the French government thought that capitulating to Hitler was the only way to save the country and its people from almost complete devastation. de Gaulle was in the minority in wanting to present an aggressive and optimistic approach to the battle with the German troops.   //   He believed so strongly, he left his country and young family behind in France as occupational forces ...

Fatale Movie Review

He escapes to Las Vegas for a bachelor's party where he strays from the missus and hooks up with Val (Hilary Swank) for a night between the sheets. He gets an inkling of her crazy in the morning but escapes relatively unscathed. That is until he runs into her again when his house is broken into and she turns out to the detective assigned to the case.   //   Thus begins a cat and mouse game where Val gets to unleash some seriously deranged activities that are all geared ...

Rosa’s Wedding Movie Review – Moro Spanish Film Festival

Rosa tries to do it all. Full-time work (and then some) as a seamstress, keeping a wayward daughter on the up and up, even looking after the neighbour’s plants while they are away on the vacations she never seems to have. She is helpful to all who ask and this has led her to be bled dry of energy and joy.   //   One day she decides to put herself first and disappears from her normal day to day. Slowly all her dependents realise her absence and are unbelieving when ...

Land Movie Review

We are given few details about the actual cause but as the story progresses, small details coalesce into a narrative of a person so broken she feels she must retreat into absolute solitude. She does this by uprooting what is left of her life and moving to an isolated cabin deep in the woods of Wyoming, the least populated state in America.   //   Once there it becomes quickly obvious that she is almost completely unprepared for a life in the wild. There is a stark ...

Wishlist Movie Review – Moro Spanish Film Festival

Eva (María León) and Carmen (Victoria Abril) meet during chemotherapy and become friends while the elder Carmen helps Eva with her hard-earned wisdom. They make bucket lists, grab their gal pal Mar (Silvia Alonso), and hit the road. As they check off the items on the lists their lives become transformed.   //   The film could have easily descended into predictable cliche if it weren’t for the ever-present chemistry between the three lady leads. Even the male charac...

The United States vs. Billie Holiday Movie Review

Jazz singer Billie Holiday came to the fore of America’s conscience during a continuing low period of race relations in that country, the 1930s. The song that gave her such notoriety was Strange Fruit, a very powerful take on the lynching of black people. Its words and Holiday’s powerful delivery of it became a rallying cry and the FBI set out to diminish the unrest it caused.   //   Set more in the backstage world than on-stage, it shows Holliday in various states ...

The Courier Movie Review

The conspirator is a Soviet military intelligence (GRU) colonel by the name of Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze) who sees danger in the erratic leadership of Nikita Khrushchev played by the late Russian actor Vladimir Chuprikov. He reaches out to the West. Wynne is chosen to be his contact under the guise of being a simple businessman who Penkovsky can steal manufacturing techniques from.   //   The inherent danger of what the two are doing is never far from the surface and ...

Tom & Jerry Movie Review

Animated shenanigans include things like faking blindness to help revenue while panhandling, squatting held as a virtue, wanton property destruction, ethnic stereotyping, and the classic Saturday morning cartoon portrayal of excessive violence as comic fodder. Good clean comedy for those surfing the sugar rush of morning breakfast cereal.   //   Homo sapien actor-wise, Chloë Grace Moretz plays a great shill and her surface of nauseating niceness is the perfect cover for ...