Film review: “The Bookshop” (2018)

"The Bookshop" (2018) Drama Written & Directed by: Isabel Coixet Based on the novel by Penelope Fitzgerald Featuring: Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson and Bill Nighy From the novel:“Courage and endurance are useless if they are never tested.” To say that this movie represents aspects of life that are from a bygone age is an understatement, it is a period …

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Film review: “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (2017)

“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (2017) Documentary Running Time: 88 minutes Directed by: Alexandra Dean Featuring: Hedy Lamarr, Mel Brooks, Diane Kruger and many others Hedy Lamarr: “People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, …

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Film review: “Game Night” (2018)

“Game Night" (2018) Comedy Running Time: 110  minutes Written by: Mark Perez Directed by: John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein Featuring:   Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons, Michael C. Hall and Kyle Chandler Annie: [as Annie is playing with a fake gun, she quotes Pulp Fiction] "Any of you fucking pricks move, I'm gonna execute every motherfucking …

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Film review: “Hostiles” (2017)

“Hostiles" (2017) Western/Drama Running Time: 133 minutes Written & Directed by: Scott Cooper Featuring:  Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Ben Foster, Stephen Lang, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, Adam Beach, Q'orianka Kilcher, and Timothée Chalamet Rosalie Quaid: "Sometimes I envy the finality of death. The certainty. And I have to drive those thoughts away when I wake." I absolutely love Westerns; the genre keeps …

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Film review: “Avengers: Infinity War”(2018)

"Avengers: Infinity War" (2018) Action Running Time: 149 minutes Written by: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely Directed by: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo Featuring:  Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, and Chris Pratt Nick Fury: "There was an idea... Tony Stark: "To …

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Film review: “Pacific Rim: Uprising” (2018)

“Pacfic Rim: Uprising” (2018) Action/Science Fiction Running Time: 111 minutes Written by: Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder, Steven S. DeKnight & T.S. Nowlin Directed by: Steven S. DeKnight Featuring: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, Adria Arjona, Zhang Jin, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman Voice: "What is a Jaeger? A Jaeger is the pinnacle of human invention. When the monsters came …

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Film review: “Ready Player One” (2018)

“Ready Player One" (2018) Sci-Fi Running Time: 140 minutes Written by: Zak Penn & Ernest Cline Directed by: Steven Spielberg Featuring:  Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, Letitia Wright, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance James Halliday: "Hello, if you’re watching this, I’m dead. I created a hidden object, an Easter egg. The first person to find the egg …

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Film review: “Tomb Raider” (2018)

"Tomb Raider" (2018) Action Written by: Geneva Robertson-Dworet & Alastair Siddons Directed by: Roar Uthaug Featuring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, and Kristin Scott Thomas Receptionist: "What’s your name?" Lara Croft: "Lara." Receptionist: "Surname?" Lara Croft: "Croft." As we get closer to the lucrative summer movie season in the US there are more and more movies …

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Film review: “Patti Cake$” (2017)

“Patti Cake$” (2017) Drama Running Time: 108 minutes Written & Directed by: Geremy Jasper Featuring: Danielle Macdonald, Cathy Moriarty, Siddharth Dhananjay, McCaul Lombardi, Patrick Brana, Bridget Everett, Mamoudou Athie Patti: [to Barb] “Act your age.”  Barb: [to Patti] “Act your race.” Firstly, it has to be said upfront that this debut film by music video …

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Film review: “Justice League”(2017)

“Justice League” (2017) Action/Fantasy Running Time: 120 minutes Written by:  Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon Directed by:  Zack Snyder Featuring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons and Ciarán Hinds Diana Prince: "People said the Age of Heroes would never come again.“ Bruce Wayne: "It has to. We don't have any more time!“ Has there …

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Film review: “Victoria & Abdul” (2017)

“Victoria & Abdul” (2017) Drama Running Time: 112 minutes Written by: Lee Hall Directed by: Stephen Frears Featuring:  Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Tim Pigott-Smith and Adeel Akhtar Queen Victoria: “Everyone I love has died and I just go on and on. What is the point?” Abdul Karim: “Service, Your Majesty. We are here for a greater purpose.” Twenty …

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Film review: “A Bad Moms Christmas” (2017)

“A Bad Moms Christmas” (2017) Comedy Running Time: 104 minutes Written & directed by:  Jon Lucas and Scott Moore Featuring:  Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn,  Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon, Jay Hernandez , Justin Hartley and Peter Gallagher Kiki: “I spend months picking out the perfect present for everyone. You know the only thing I get in return? Coupons, free …

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Film review: “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017)

"Thor: Ragnarok" (2017) Action Written by: Eric Pearson Directed by: Taika Waititi Featuring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins Thor: “I don't hang with the Avengers anymore. It all got too corporate.” Well its here the third Marvel film to be released this year after “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. …

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Film review: “Geostorm” (2017)

“Geostorm” (2017) Sci-Fi/Action Running Time: 109 minutes Written by: Dean Devlin & Paul Guyot Directed by: Dean Devlin Featuring:  Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Richard Schiff, Robert Sheehan, Daniel Wu, Eugenio Derbez, Ed Harris, and Andy García Cheng: “There’s potential for catastrophic weather events on a global scale. A geostorm.” There is no doubt in my mind that this has to …

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Film review: “Blade Runner 2049” (2017)

“Blade Runner 2049” (2017) Sci-Fi Running Time: 163 minutes Written by: Hampton Fancher and Michael Green Directed by: Denis Villeneuve Featuring:  Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto Niander Wallace: "Humanity cannot survive. Replicants are the future of the species. But I can only make so many." Was anyone actually waiting …

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Film review: “Wind River” (2017)

“Wind River" (2017) Drama/Thriller Running Time: 111 minutes Written and Directed by: Taylor Sheridan Featuring: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Gil Birmingham and Graham Greene Cory Lambert: “I'd like to tell you it gets easier, but it doesn't. If there's a comfort, you get used to the pain if you let yourself, I went to a grief seminar in …

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Film review: “A Ghost Story” (2017)

"A Ghost Story" (2017) Drama Written and Directed by: David Lowery Featuring: Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara Houseguest: “We build our legacy piece by piece and maybe the whole world will remember you or maybe just a couple of people, but you do what you can to make sure you're still around after you're gone.” It can …

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Film review: “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (2017)

"Kingsman: The Golden Circle" (2017) Action/Comedy/Thriller Written by: Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn Directed by: Matthew Vaughn Featuring: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Edward Holcroft, Sophie Cookson,  Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Elton John, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges Whiskey: “Manners... maketh... man. Want me to translate that for ya?” Unsurprisingly after the hit that was “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2015) comes a …

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Film review: “mother!”

“mother!” (2017) Drama/Thriller/Horror Running Time: 121 minutes Written and Directed by: Darren Aronofsky Featuring:  Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer Woman: “You give, and you give, and you give. It's just never enough.” It has been far too long since Darren Aronofsky has graced us with a film, the last being the Russell Crowe starrer “Noah” (2014) …

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Film review: “Spookers” (2017)

“Spookers” (2017) Documentary Running Time: 90 minutes Written by: Veronica Gleeson, Peter O'Donoghue and Florian Habicht Directed by: Florian Habicht Florian Habicht: “...I held a workshop with some of the actors and asked them to write down their dreams and nightmares on bits of paper. We ended up scripting these dreams which they acted out as dramatic …

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