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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...

Everything Everywhere All at Once Movie Review

The story is built around the life and times of Evelyn Wang played by Michelle Yeoh. She is carrying some scar tissue from an unaccepting father and a difficult life in a new country. She is also having trouble relating to her husband and daughter.   //   The well-played-out drama is used as a launching pad for an inventive dive through parallel universes. Evelyn’s travels help her secure the skills needed to keep the connection to her daughter and husband intact. This ...

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore Movie Review

With magic at its core, all three of the works so far have been filled with wonderful creations, and the creatures of the title have run the gambit from cute and cuddly to quite menacing. There are scenes in The Secrets of Dumbledore that could be traumatic for the smallest members of the family so beware.   //   The previous success of the franchise has given the filmmakers the budget to fully realise their vision. The special effects both real and digital are impress...

Rabbit Academy Mission Eggposible Movie Review

This sequel to the 2017 film Rabbit School – Guardians of the Golden Egg is an odd work. It is almost nauseatingly nice and the action features very little in the way of challenging scenarios. It stays firmly in the arena of ankle biter’s innocence but then it has several rough word moments.   //   The story revolves around magical Easter rabbits and their fight to save Easter from a neighboring family of foxes. The battle is a mild one and is won by the use of magic ...