Serenity (2019)

STEVEN KNIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 2019.  Global Road Entertainment, IM Global, Shoebox Films, Starlings Entertainment.  Screenplay by Steven Knight.  Cinematography by Jess Hall.  Produced by Guy Heeley, Steven Knight, Greg Shapiro.  Music by Benjamin Wallfisch.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Laura Jennings. Matthew McConaughey has an Ahab-level obsession with catching a giant tuna…

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Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

BB.5 (out of 5) The incredible life of one of the world’s most influential politicians is examined in this bland epic.  Idris Elba plays the man who grew up in a racially divided South Africa, escaping his humble origins to become a successful lawyer before the inspiration to free the black citizens of his nation, living in…

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Catch A Fire

BBB (out of 5) “Your father is the reason this country is safe,” a little girl is told by her mother, in reference to the fact that her father (Tim Robbins) heads up the investigation of terrorists in apartheid-era South Africa. As we find out, however, people like Robbins are the reason the country is…

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Invictus

BBB.5 (out of 5) Nelson Mandela is released from prison after having served twenty seven years as a political prisoner, and goes on to become the first democratically elected President of South Africa by an overwhelming majority in 1994. His new position signals the end of the country’s brutal Apartheid, with Mandela now in the…

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In My Country (Country of My Skull)

BB.5 (out of 5) The Truth And Reconcilitation Hearings that marked the overthrow of South Africa’s Apartheid government are the setting for this unconvincing and disappointing drama. Samuel L. Jackson stars as a Washington Post reporter who is sent to cover the hearings and finds himself constantly thrown together with a sensitive Afrikaaner reporter (Juliette Binoche)…

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District 9

BBBB (out of 5) A giant spaceship from another planet flies to Earth, stops above the city of Johannesburg and remains there for months without event. When soldiers finally break into it and meet its inhabitants, they find a large population of sickly, starving aliens who are quickly move to a fenced-in compound on the…

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