Theatre of Blood

BBBB (out of 5) For anyone who thinks that Shakespeare is meant to be a quiet and lofty experience, this delicious horror movie that celebrates the violence in his plays is a must-see.… Continue reading

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Red Dust (1932)

BBBB (out of 5) Clark Gable runs a rubber plantation in southeast Asia, his daily grind interrupted by the appearance of a brassy blond (Jean Harlow) who is avoiding the authorities in Saigon,… Continue reading

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The Zookeeper’s Wife

BBB.5 (out of 5) Warsaw’s zoo is run by a happily married couple who see it destroyed in the September 1939 German invasion, then have it taken over by Nazi forces led by… Continue reading

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People You May Know

BB.5 (out of 5) Four friends are tossed around by life’s uncertainties in this comedy-drama that never finds its footing.  Joe is obsessed with a man he met online but has never seen in person,… Continue reading

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The Eagle and the Hawk

BBBB (out of 5) Tragic drama made in the shadow of popular hits like Wings and Hell’s Angels.   Cary Grant and Fredric March play army buddies whose friendship is ruined when March recommends Grant not be given… Continue reading

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Lazy Eye

BBB (out of 5) A graphic artist who designs posters for Hollywood movies reaches the limits of patience when a client orders that he redo a project.  Having just learned from his eye doctor that he… Continue reading

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A Quiet Passion

BBBBB (out of 5) A woman who suffers for being too modern for her society is not new ground for director Terence Davies, whose House of Mirth, Sunset Song and The Deep Blue Sea have previously put… Continue reading

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Love Is Better Than Ever (The Light Fantastic)

BBB (out of 5) Big time New York theatrical agent Larry Parks meets the owner of  a children’s dance studio (Elizabeth Taylor) and courts her during an out of town dance convention she… Continue reading

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The Fate of the Furious (Fast & Furious 8)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) It always seems like these folks have no adventures left in them, but when the previous movie makes so much money (the sixth sequel to the surprise 2001 hit reached… Continue reading

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Queen Of The Desert

BB.5 (out of 5) Bored of life in the quiet English countryside, Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman) heads to the middle east at the turn of the century to turn the entire Arab world… Continue reading

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Queen Kelly

BBBB (out of 5) Director Erich von Stroheim conceived a five-hour epic drama but was never able to achieve his dream; producer/star Gloria Swanson was so frustrated with his perfectionism, including going over budget… Continue reading

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Tickling Giants

BBBB (out of 5) A successful Cairo surgeon reacts to the country’s growing dissatisfaction with the decades-long reign of Mubarak with a series of YouTube videos whose combination of pointed political criticism and satire gets… Continue reading

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Ranking The X-Men Films

GUEST EDITORIAL We’ve reached something of a milestone with the release of Logan this spring. There have now been 10 X-Men-related films released since 2000, covering multiple timelines and a few character spinoffs.… Continue reading

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Furious Seven (Fast & Furious 7)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Yet another powerful gadget acts as the silly excuse for the old gang to get together again, a few years older but just as fun as they were the last time… Continue reading

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All The Others Were Practice

0 (out of 5) Jorge works a dull office job and spends most of his time gossiping with his lonely best friend.  He tries to navigate the world of dating men, while she… Continue reading

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Nowhere To Hide

BBBB (out of 5) In a part of Iraq commonly referred to as the “triangle of death”, a doctor does his best to administer what help he can offer a population constantly at the centre of… Continue reading

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Complicit

BBB.5 (out of 5) Directors Heather White and Lynn Zhang examine the health crisis affecting millions of citizens in China, who work in factories that create most of the world’s electronics but are… Continue reading

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Beauty And The Beast (2017)

BB.5 (out of 5) There’s a moment in the 1991 animated Beauty And The Beast that surpasses all others, an interaction of exceptional subtlety and tension that most live-action features can rarely hope to achieve, let… Continue reading

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Hello, My Name Is Doris

BB (out of 5) Kooky and adorable Doris (Sally Field) has just lost her mother and is being pressured by her brother and his enterprising wife to sell the family home so they can… Continue reading

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Ghost In The Shell

BBB (out of 5) A robotics company has a breakthrough in artificial intelligence technology when the melding of a human brain with an artificial body results in a successful combination (played by Scarlett Johansson),… Continue reading

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Damnation (Karhozat)

BBB (out of 5) Visionary filmmaker Bela Tarr applies his languid, seemingly formless style to a story of frustrated love.  Amid its beautifully shot monochrome ruminations is the tale of a fraught love… Continue reading

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Sadie Thompson

BBBB (out of 5) Gloria Swanson acted as uncredited producer on this adaptation of a controversial Somerset Maugham story, as no studio would go near its steamy content.  She is outstanding as a worldly woman… Continue reading

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Body Parts

BBB (out of 5) A psychology professor (Jeff Fahey) is in a ridiculously horrible freeway accident that results in him losing his right arm.  While still passed out in his hospital bed, his attending… Continue reading

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Life (2017)

BB.5 (out of 5) The crew aboard an international space station orbiting Earth capture a probe returning from Mars, carrying samples that could possibly answer the question of whether or not there is life on… Continue reading

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John Wick

BBBB.5 (out of 5) An efficient prologue gets us up to date on the experiences of our hero played by Keanu Reeves, a man living alone after the death of his wife from… Continue reading

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Fast & Furious 6 (Furious 6)

BBBB (out of 5) Paradise is everything but exciting, so it’s no surprise when the group that made off with such a huge payload in part 5 are ready to jump back into the hot… Continue reading

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I, Daniel Blake

BBBB (out of 5) After suffering a heart attack on the job, a Newcastle construction worker (Dave Johns) tries to claim disability benefits and is plunged into nine circles of bureaucratic hell, constantly… Continue reading

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Girlfriends

BBB.5 (out of 5) Melanie Mayron‘s starring debut was this low-key charmer that made impressive waves on the late seventies indie scene, including winning the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto film festival.  She and… Continue reading

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Get Out

BBB.5 (out of 5) Daniel Kaluuya is heading to the country with girlfriend Allison Williams to meet her parents and is more than a little bit nervous.  Her upper middle class family doesn’t know that he’s black… Continue reading

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Beware The Slenderman

BBBB (out of 5) On a Saturday morning in May 2014, in the middle class suburban town of Waukesha, Wisconsin, a pre-teen named Payton Leutner, known as Bella, crawled her way to medical… Continue reading

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Battlestar Galactica

B (out of 5) Universal responded to the success of Star Wars with their own space opera the next year, reediting the original three hour pilot of a television series into a theatrical release that appeared… Continue reading

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Kong: Skull Island

BBB.5 (out of 5) Monkey trouble doesn’t even begin to describe what a scientific expedition and ists military escort experience when the assessment of the geological properties of an uncharted island reveals the place to have more… Continue reading

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Fast Five (Fast & Furious 5)

BB (out of 5) With the heartfelt (not really) reunion out of the way in the last one, it’s time to enjoy the rush with this action packed if dimwitted fourth sequel.  After an amazing prison… Continue reading

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Escape From L.A.

BB.5 (out of 5) John Carpenter returns to his early eighties cult classic with virtually the same plot on a higher budget. Kurt Russell is in fine form (especially his hair) in his second… Continue reading

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I Am Not Your Negro

BBBBB (out of 5) Celebrated author and civil rights activist James Baldwin worked on a book meant to cover the lives and deaths of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.,… Continue reading

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The Girl Who Had Everything

BB.5 (out of 5) After a Washington attorney (William Powell) succeeds in getting a gangster (Fernando Lamas) acquitted of illegal gaming charges, he invites him over to his house where the hood spots… Continue reading

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Logan

BBBB (out of 5) We move about twenty-odd years beyond the present and things aren’t looking so slick for a couple of X-Men.  Professor X (Patrick Stewart) is in his nineties and mentally degenerating, his… Continue reading

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Wake Island

BBBB (out of 5) Fact-based account of the American servicemen stationed on Wake Island, a small oasis in the Pacific ocean.  The soldiers are barely kept in line by their commander (Brian Donlevy) while a… Continue reading

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What’s The Matter With Helen?

BBB.5 (out of 5) Delightfully campy indulgence in horror stars Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters as two complete opposites united by their sons; it’s the 1930s and at the beginning of this film both men… Continue reading

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Alone In Berlin

BB (out of 5) After losing their son in battle, a Berlin couple decide that Nazi ideology is not worth believing in if the cost is to be so high.  He (Brendan Gleeson) continues his work… Continue reading

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Juha

BBBB (out of 5) Aki Kaurismaki films a Postman Always Rings Twice-type story in the vein of a Dreyer silent in this richly enjoyable melodrama. His favourite leading lady Kati Outinen plays the wife of a hulking… Continue reading

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Calamari Union

BB (out of 5) A group of men named Frank (and one non-Finnish speaker who is not) band together, united by their mutual desire to make their way to an island paradise far… Continue reading

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A Rage In Harlem

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A magnificent shoot-out in mid-fifties Mississippi ends with dead bodies everywhere, the one survivor a gorgeous femme fatale (Robin Givens) who makes away with the loot, a trunk full of… Continue reading

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A Little Chaos

BB.5 (out of 5) Louis XIV (Alan Rickman, who also directed) is moving his court to Versailles to appease France’s nervous aristocracy, turning the former hunting lodge into a glorious palace with a… Continue reading

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Hell’s House

BB.5 (out of 5) A teenager (Junior Durkin) loses his mother in a ridiculous traffic accident (a car mows her down in front of her farmhouse), so he goes to live in the big… Continue reading

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Desert Victory

BBB.5 (out of 5) The Allied effort against Rommel in North Africa is documented in this terrific collection of footage taken during World War II.   Most documentaries made in the early forties were in… Continue reading

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Captain Fantastic

BBB (out of 5) Viggo Mortensen is raising his children in the wilderness and giving them the skills that lost in the mainstream world: they can hunt their own dinner and till their own soil,… Continue reading

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RoboCop 3

 BB.5 (out of 5) Our cyberhero keeps blowing stuff up but Detroit is no closer to being free of crime.  The corruption is once again coming from the top when real estate developers want to… Continue reading

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Paterson

BBBB (out of 5) Adam Driver plays a New Jersey bus driver whose name matches his route, his days spent traveling the same roads again and again but his mind occupied with the poetry that… Continue reading

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