Film review: “Us” (2018)

"Us" (2018)  Horror Running Time: 116 minutes Written and directed by: Jordan Peele Featuring: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker Adelaide Wilson:"They look exactly like us. They think like us. They know where we are. We need to move and keep moving. They won't stop until they kill us... or we kill …

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DVD review: “Old Man & the Gun” (2018)

"Old Man & the Gun" (2018)  Drama Running Time: 93 minutes Written & Directed by: David Lowery Featuring: Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Tom Waits and Sissy Spacek Forrest Tucker:"Let's take this place. Say it was a bank and say that counter up there was really a tellers window and you just walk in, look calm and so you just …

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Film review: “White Boy Rick” (2018) 

"White Boy Rick" (2018)  Drama Running Time: 111 minutes Written by: Andy Weiss, Logan Miller & Noah Miller Directed by: Yann Demange Featuring: Matthew McConaughey, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Rory Cochrane, RJ Cyler, Jonathan Majors, Eddie Marsan, Bruce Dern and Piper Laurie  Richard Wershe Sr.:"When I first saw you I knew you were going to be bigger than me." The latest movie …

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Film review: “The Favourite” (2018) 

"The Favourite" (2018)  Drama Running Time: 130 minutes Written by: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos Featuring:  Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith and Mark Gatiss Queen Anne:"Some wounds do not close; I have many such." It is truly amazing how quickly the critical establishment can turn against a director, then return him to favour, …

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Film review: “Green Book” (2018)

"Green Book" (2018)  Drama Running Time: 130 minutes Written by: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie and Peter Farrelly Directed by: Peter Farrelly Featuring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Aliand Linda Cardellini Dr. Don Shirley:" So if I'm not black enough and if I'm not white enough, then tell me, Tony, what am I?" Every year around awards time many films …

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Film review: “Ghost Stories” (2017) 

"Ghost Stories" (2017)  Drama/Thriller/Horror Running Time: 98 minutes Written & directed by: Andy Nyman & Jeremy Dyson Featuring: Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther, Paul Whitehouse Mike Priddle:"It's funny, isn't it? How it's always the last key that unlocks everything." The new film "Ghost Stories" (2017) released this week in New Zealand cinemas is the most unusual of …

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Movie review: “Venom” (2018)

"Venom" (2018) Action Running Time: 112 minutes Written by: Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, and Kelly Marcel Directed by: Ruben Fleischer Featuring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott Dr. Carlton Drake: "Look around at the world. What do you see? A planet on the brink of collapse. Human beings are disposable. But man and symbiote combined, this is …

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Film review: “Support the girls” (2018)

"Support the girls" (2018) Drama/Comedy Running Time: 91 minutes Written & directed by: Andrew Bujalski Featuring: Haley Lu Richardson, Regina Hall, James Le Gros, AJ Michalka, Dylan Gelula, Shayna McHayle, Lea DeLaria, Jana Kramer, and  Brooklyn Decker Lisa: "I started this day off crying, so if you ask me, laughing is progress." There can be no real surprise that some of the best …

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Film review: “BlacKkKlansman” (2018)

"BlacKkKlansman" (2018) Drama Running Time: 135 minutes Written by: Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee Directed by: Spike Lee Featuring: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, and Topher Grace Flip Zimmerman: "What kind of stuff do you guys do?" Klansman: "Cross burnings, marches, this is fixing to be a big year for us." …

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Movie review: “The Meg” (2018)

"The Meg" (2018) Action Running Time: 113 minutes Written by: Dean Georgaris and Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber Directed by: Jon Turteltaub Featuring: Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, and Cliff Curtis Jonas Taylor: "My God. It's a megalodon." Morris: "He's kidding, right?" As the Summer movie season winds down one of the more stranger entries …

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Film review: “Ideal Home” (2018)

"Ideal Home" (2018) Drama/Comedy Running Time: 91 minutes Written by: Andrew Fleming Directed by: Andrew Fleming Featuring: Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd, Allison Pill, Jake McDorman, and Jack Gore Paul:"Wait, you have a grandson?" This has been such a very good year for comedies that there is always the risk of taking them for granted which after a terrible 2017 …

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Film review: “The Equalizer 2” (2018)

"The Equalizer 2" (2018) Drama/Thriller Running Time: 129 minutes Written by: Richard Wenk Directed by: Antoine Fuqua Featuring: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Melissa Leo, and Bill Pullman Robert McCall: "They killed my friend. So I’m going to kill each and every one of them. And the only disappointment is that I only get to do it once." After …

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Film review: “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” (2018)

"Mission: Impossible – Fallout " (2018) Thriller Running Time: 147 minutes Written by: Christopher McQuarrie Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie Featuring:  Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Henry Cavill and Angela Bassett August Walker: "How many times has Hunt's government betrayed him, disavowed him, cast him aside? How long before a man like that has had enough?" Say …

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Film review: “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” (2018)

"Sicario: Day of the Soldado" (2018) Drama/Thriller Running Time: 122 minutes Written by: Taylor Sheridan Directed by: Stefano Sollima Featuring:  Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jeffrey Donovan, Isabela Moner, Catherine Keener, and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo Alejandro: [to Isabela] "You have no reason to trust me, but trusting me is how you’re going to survive." There is no doubt in my mind that …

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DVD review: “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” (2017)

"Professor Marston and the Wonder Women" (2017) Drama Running Time: 108 minutes Written & Directed by: Angela Robinson Featuring: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, JJ Feild, Oliver Platt and Connie Britton William Moulton Marston: "She is beautiful, guileless, kind, and pure of heart. You are brilliant, ferocious, hilarious, and a grade A bitch. Together, you are …

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Film review: “Ocean’s 8” (2018)

“Ocean's 8” (2018) Thriller/Comedy Running Time: 110 minutes Written by: Gary Ross & Olivia Milch Directed by: Gary Ross Featuring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter Parole Officer: "Good afternoon, Miss Ocean. As you know parole is a privilege." Debbie Ocean: "It’s a mistake. Uh, but it happened, and, um, if I were to be …

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Film review: “Kodachrome” (2017)

“Kodachrome ” (2017) Drama Running Time: 100 minutes Written by: Jonathan Tropper Directed by: Mark Raso Featuring: Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen, Bruce Greenwood, Wendy Crewson, and Dennis Haysbert Ben: "We're all so frightened by time, the way it moves on and the way things disappear. That's why we're photographers. We're preservationists by nature. We take pictures to stop time, to …

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Film review: “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (2018)

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” (2018) Sci-Fi Running Time: 135 minutes Written by: Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan Directed by: Ron Howard Featuring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany Han Solo: "I heard a story about you. I was wondering if it's true." Lando Calrissian: "Everything you've heard about me is true." Was anyone really wanting …

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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: “Dark Crimes” (2018)

“Dark Crimes" (2018) Thriller Running Time: 92 minutes Written by:Jeremy Brock Directed by: Alexandros Avranas Featuring: Jim Carrey, Agata Kulesza, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kati Outinen, Zbigniew Zamachowski, and Marton Csokas Kozlow: “The river has an end and a beginning.”   There is undoubtedly a dark side to Jim Carrey's professional and personal persona, which has never been fully explored on film, although he …

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