David Kross is the man of the match in The Keeper

It feels like a lengthy absence since the last sports star biopic was released. I, Tonya (2017) and Foxcatcher (2014) are the only two that stand out in recent years. Amidst a sea of remakes, sequels and the overwhelming Marvel Comic Universe, The Keeper, presents itself as a breath of fresh air. Directed by Marcus Read more about David Kross is the man of the match in The Keeper[…]

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Ophelia asks us to revisit Hamlet with fresh feminist eyes

Empty your mind of the images of Mel Gibson, Kenneth Branagh, Benedict Cumberbatch or Ethan Hawke as Hamlet. If you’ve seen any of the several depictions of the Shakespearean classic, you’ll be required to return to a blank canvas to embrace Ophelia, which presents us with what Hamlet would look like if told through the Read more about Ophelia asks us to revisit Hamlet with fresh feminist eyes[…]

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Jumpy narrative kills The White Crow

Ralph “Ray” Fiennes directs and stars in this biographical drama about the world’s most famous male ballet dancer, Rudolf Nureyev, which is based on the book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh.  Nureyev, played by Oleg Ivenko, is depicted as a fiercely driven dancer who was interesting but insolent and, though not technically perfect, Read more about Jumpy narrative kills The White Crow[…]

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The eye-roll-inducing Secret Obsession will make you wish you had amnesia

Netflix’s new thriller, Secret Obsession, opens with a hooded knife-wielding figure, shrouded in darkness, chasing after a panic-stricken Jennifer (Brenda Song) who is running for her life. She runs straight into the path of an oncoming car and wakes up in the hospital with no memory of anything much at all, including the husband (Mike Read more about The eye-roll-inducing Secret Obsession will make you wish you had amnesia[…]

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Breathtaking photo-realism does the lion’s share of the heavy lifting The Lion King remake

Fifteen years ago, audiences were blown away by the animated version of The Lion King.  Accordingly, most of us will be familiar with the story of Simba, a lion cub who was next in line to be the King of the Pride Rock. Until that is, his villainous uncle, Scar, kills Simba’s father, Mufasa, and Read more about Breathtaking photo-realism does the lion’s share of the heavy lifting The Lion King remake[…]

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Stuber gets from A to B but is no five-star ride

A great action comedy is hard to come by. Unless the story is attached to an already successful franchise, today’s big studios aren’t often prepared to risk investing the big budgets required to make these expensive offerings. In this case, though, 20th Century Fox and Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures have made an exception. It’s Read more about Stuber gets from A to B but is no five-star ride[…]

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Mackie and Grillo help Point Blank meets its mandate

If you’ve heard this movie’s title and thought, “Didn’t they literally just reboot this film?” then let’s first clear up that this is Point Blank, not Point Break. But this, too, is a remake.  Originally a French film by the name of À bout portant, Netflix has decided to bring it to the English-speaking masses Read more about Mackie and Grillo help Point Blank meets its mandate[…]

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Crawl delivers kills, thrills and popcorn spills

There’s no shortage of films about the cat and mouse chase that features terrifying water-dwelling creatures out for a bite to eat and ostensibly helpless humans fighting not to be today’s lunch.  In fact, this is not even the first of its kind this film’s director, Alexandre Aja, who brought us Piranha 3D in 2010. Read more about Crawl delivers kills, thrills and popcorn spills[…]

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Men in Black: International is an astronomical waste of talent

Men in Black: International is the latest instalment in the Men in Black franchise. F. Gary Gray, who has headed up titles including Straight Outta Compton and The Italian Job is in the director’s chair, attempting to inject life into the film series that first graced our screens over twenty years ago. As a child, Read more about Men in Black: International is an astronomical waste of talent[…]

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Booksmart puts a novel spin on a familiar story

“I’m going to Yale too.” These are the words that rock the world of outspoken, judgmental valedictorian Molly (Beanie Feldstein). Why? Because they’re not coming from someone who has spent their senior year studying. They’re coming from someone known for having her head down only when she’s on her knees, after picking up guys on Read more about Booksmart puts a novel spin on a familiar story[…]