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    Birds of Paradise (Review) – YA Ballet Thriller Is No Black Swan

Birds of Paradise (Review) – YA Ballet Thriller Is No Black Swan

DIRECTOR: Sarah Adina Smith
CAST: Kristine Frøseth, Diana Silvers, Jacqueline Bisset, Stav Strashko, Caroline Goodall, Nassim Lyes, Roger Barclay, Alice Regnouf, Eva Boiro, Solomon Golding, Daniel Camargo, Osiel Gouneo, Eva Lomby
RUNNING TIME: 113 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: Two young dancers (Frøseth and Silvers) compete for a chance to perform with a prestigious ballet company…

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A surreal thriller set in the cutthroat world of ballet, about two competing dancers aiming for a top position in the […]

By |September 26th, 2021|Film Reviews|0 Comments

The Alpinist (Review) – The Ballad Of Marc-André Leclerc

DIRECTORS: Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen
CAST: Marc-André Leclerc, Brette Harrington, Peter Mortimer, Alex Honnold, Reinhold Messner, Will Gadd, Michelle Kuipers
RUNNING TIME: 92 mins
CERTIFICATE: 12A
BASICALLY…: Solo climber Marc-André Leclerc makes bold and ambitious ascents up some snowy mountains…

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When rock climber Alex Honnold was captured performing a free solo ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, both he and solo climbers in general became literal rock stars. Honnold’s filmed exploits, which formed […]

By |September 25th, 2021|Film Reviews|0 Comments
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    The Green Knight (Review) – An Arthurian Epic Like No Other

The Green Knight (Review) – An Arthurian Epic Like No Other

DIRECTOR: David Lowery
CAST: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Barry Keoghan, Ralph Ineson, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Erin Kellyman, Sarita Choudhury
RUNNING TIME: 130 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: Sir Gawain (Patel), the cowardly nephew of King Arthur (Harris), must go on a quest to confront the mysterious Green Knight (Ineson)…

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It’s astonishing how close The Green Knight was to becoming this year’s Annihilation. Like Alex Garland’s equally-grand sci-fi thriller, writer-director David Lowery’s Arthurian epic was […]

By |September 25th, 2021|Film Reviews|0 Comments
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    The Many Saints of Newark (Review) – Tony Soprano’s Far-From-Humble Origins

The Many Saints of Newark (Review) – Tony Soprano’s Far-From-Humble Origins

DIRECTOR: Alan Taylor
CAST: Michael Gandolfini, Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Ray Liotta, Vera Farmiga, Billy Magnussen, Michela De Rossi, John Magaro, Joey Diaz, Nick Vallelonga
RUNNING TIME: 120 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: In 1967, young Tony Soprano (Gandolfini) becomes drawn into a life of crime by his uncle (Nivola)…

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The Sopranos, considered by many to be one of the best TV series of all time, ended on a rather abrupt note […]

By |September 23rd, 2021|Film Reviews|0 Comments
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    What If… Thor Were An Only Child? (Review) – Thor Odinson: Party Liaison

What If… Thor Were An Only Child? (Review) – Thor Odinson: Party Liaison

DIRECTOR: Bryan Andrews
CAST: Jeffrey Wright, Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Kat Dennings, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Frank Grillo, Taika Waititi, Karen Gillan, Jaimie Alexander, Seth Green, Alexandra Daniels, Rachel House, Josette Eales, David Chen, Fred Tatasciore, Max Mittelman, Clancy Brown
RUNNING TIME: 36 mins
CERTIFICATE: 12
BASICALLY…: The Watcher (Wright) observes alternate versions of events throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
IN THIS EPISODE: Thor (Hemsworth) arrives on Earth to throw a massive […]

By |September 22nd, 2021|Film Reviews|0 Comments
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    12 Mighty Orphans (Review) – A Film So Formulaic That It’s Almost Parody

12 Mighty Orphans (Review) – A Film So Formulaic That It’s Almost Parody

DIRECTOR: Ty Roberts
CAST: Luke Wilson, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Vinessa Shaw, Wayne Knight, Jake Austin Walker, Treat Williams, Carlson Young, Natasha Bassett, Jacob Lofland, Lane Garrison, Scott Haze, Kelly Frye, Sampley Barinaga, Levi Dylan, Slade Monroe, Lucy Faust
RUNNING TIME: 118 mins
CERTIFICATE: 12A
BASICALLY…: A scrawny team of football players are trained to become an inspirational team…

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Sometimes when you have a movie that’s set in Hollywood or just about movie-making in general, there’s […]

By |September 20th, 2021|Film Reviews|0 Comments

PREVIEW: My Little Pony: A New Generation (U)

WHO’S IN IT?
Vanessa Hudgens (The Princess Switch), Kimiko Glenn (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), James Marsden (Sonic the Hedgehog), Sofia Carson (Feel the Beat), Liza Koshy (Work It), Elizabeth Perkins (Finding Nemo), Jane Krakowski (The Willoughbys), Ken Jeong (Tom & Jerry: The Movie), Phil LaMarr (Pulp Fiction), Michael McKean (This Is Spinal Tap)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Robert Cullen (film debut) and José Luis Ucha (film debut), directors; Gillian Berrow (film debut) and Tim Sullivan (Letters to […]

By |September 20th, 2021|Film Reviews|0 Comments
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    Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Review) – A Proud And Loud Movie Musical

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Review) – A Proud And Loud Movie Musical

DIRECTOR: Jonathan Butterell
CAST: Max Harwood, Sarah Lancashire, Lauren Patel, Shobna Gulati, Ralph Ineson, Adeel Akhtar, Samuel Bottomley, Sharon Horgan, Richard E. Grant, John McCrea, Charlotte Salt, Ramzan Miah, Zane Alsaroori
RUNNING TIME: 115 mins
CERTIFICATE: 12A
BASICALLY…: A teenage boy (Harwood) aspires to become a drag queen…

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Another week, another movie headed to streaming instead of a planned theatrically-exclusive release. However, the new release pattern for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie doesn’t entirely boil down to […]

By |September 18th, 2021|Film Reviews|0 Comments
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    The Starling (Review) – Terms Of Endearment Spliced With Mousehunt

The Starling (Review) – Terms Of Endearment Spliced With Mousehunt

DIRECTOR: Theodore Melfi
CAST: Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Kevin Kline, Timothy Olyphant, Daveed Diggs, Skyler Gisondo, Loretta Devine, Laura Harrier, Rosalind Chao, Kimberly Quinn, Emily Tremaine, Scott MacArthur, Elisabeth Röhm, Verónica Falcón, Jimmy O. Yang
RUNNING TIME: 102 mins
CERTIFICATE: 12A
BASICALLY…: A grieving wife (McCarthy) becomes obsessed with getting rid of a combative Starling from her garden…

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Talk about a case of rotten luck: Melissa McCarthy, an excellent and comedically-gifted actress, has appeared in two […]

By |September 18th, 2021|Film Reviews|0 Comments
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    Gunpowder Milkshake (Review) – A Much More Stylish Assassin Actioner

Gunpowder Milkshake (Review) – A Much More Stylish Assassin Actioner

DIRECTOR: Navot Papushado
CAST: Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Chloe Coleman, Ralph Ineson, Adam Nagaitis, Michael Smiley, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, Paul Giamatti, Samuel Anderson, Ivan Kaye, David Burnell IV, Jack Bandeira, Mai Duong Kieu, Freya Allan
RUNNING TIME: 114 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: When a professional assassin (Gillan) runs afoul of the firm she works for, she is put back in contact with her estranged assassin mother (Headey)…

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Gunpowder Milkshake – now making its […]

By |September 17th, 2021|Film Reviews|0 Comments