Film Review: The Warden

Nima Javidi’s The Warden is a well-crafted drama that combines thrills with pensiveness. A fairly simple premise is executed with skill. Major Jahed is the warden of a prison which is about to be demolished. In line for a big promotion, Jahed is responsible for transfer the prisoners. When one goes missing, Jahed and his staff race against time to […]

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Film Review: My Extraordinary Summer with Tess

Steven Wouterlood’s My Extraordinary Summer with Tess (Mijn Bijzonder Rare Week met Tess) is a family-friendly drama which should prove entertaining for all ages. Ten-year-old Sam and his family are spending their summer vacation on a Dutch island. When Sam meets Tess, an interesting but rather strange girl. As the pair become friends, Sam finds out about Tess’ secret… Based […]

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Film Review: Real

Aki Omoshaybi’s Real is a competent debut. The slice-of life-drama boasts great storytelling.  When Kyle meets Jamie in a chance encounter, she is initially reluctant to give him her number. As the couple’s relationship develops, they are both hidings things from the other… Written and directed by, and starring, Aki Omoshaybi, Real is an accomplished debut. Omoshaybi keeps the action […]

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Film Review: Marriage Story

Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story is a top-drawer drama with outstanding performances from its leads. The film is heart-wrenching, observant, and very real.  Charlie and Nicole’s marriage has come to an end. The couple navigate divorce proceedings and custody of their son at a fraught time… Writer-director Noah Baumbach has made a career of focusing on the relationships of people, be […]

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Film Review: The Prince’s Voyage

Jean-François Laguionie and Xavier Picard’s The Prince’s Voyage (Le Voyage Du Prince) is an enchanting animated tale.  12-year-old Tom discovers a wounded monkey on the beach. When he comes around, the older simian claims to be a prince from another land… A follow-up to 1999’s A Monkey’s Tale (although the film works perfectly as a standalone picture), The Prince’s Voyage is a […]

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Film Review: Blackbird

Director Roger Michell’s drama Blackbird features a stellar cast on excellent form.  Lily has a terminal illness and is in decline. She gathers her family together for one last weekend before she dies… Focusing on a terminally ill woman who wishes to take her life before her condition worsens, Blackbird functions as a last supper for protagonist and her family. […]

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Film Review: Little Monsters

Writer-director Abe Forsythe’s Little Monsters is an entertaining, if forgettable, zombie comedy. The film’s leads are a definite plus. Dave agrees to chaperone his nephew’s class trip, after he takes a shine to the teacher Miss Caroline. The pair must protect the children when an zombie outbreak occurs… The narrative of Little Monsters follows Dave, an adult who clearly needs to […]

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Film Review: Jojo Rabbit

Taika Waititi’s gentle satire Jojo Rabbit delivers its message with a humour and a surprising amount of heart.  Young Jojo is a member of the Hitler Youth. Living in Germany towards the end of World War II, Jojo’s best friend is an imaginary Adolf Hitler. When Jojo makes a discovery, he must confront his blind nationalism… Written and directed by […]

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Film Review: Saint Maud

Writer-director Rose Glass’ Saint Maud is a unnerving and intense gothic thriller. The filmmaker has delivered an atmospheric and striking debut. Maud, a private nurse, is sent on an assignment to care for a terminally ill woman. Maud is a pious young woman, and becomes preoccupied with saving her patient’s soul… Saint Maud concentrates primarily on a nurse and her relationship […]

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Film Review: The Report

The Report provides background and detail on a story that needs to be told. Scott Z. Burns does this in an entertaining and informative manner.  Senate staffer Dan J. Jones is tasked with leading an investigation into CIA’s post-9/11 Detention and Interrogation programme. As he uncovers uncomfortable truths, some do not want his report to be published… A story about […]

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