WEST SIDE STORY

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Hollywood loves a remake. Sometimes it’s a successful foreign film recast with English-speaking celebrities. Sometimes it’s a decent story that just didn’t work the first time around. Most of the time, it’s a hollow-minded cash-grab by a studio rejiggering its intellectual property. But now and then, it’s a filmmaker of regard taking a bonafide classic […]

WEST SIDE STORY
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Review: “Bruised”

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Director: Halle Berry Writer: Michelle Rosenfarb Actors: Halle Berry, Sheila Atim, Adriane Lenox, Adan Canto, Danny Boyd Jr. By Valerie Kalfrin Halle Berry has often been a fighter. She leaped from TV shows to feature films after she persuaded director Spike Lee that she had the grit to play a […]

Review: “Bruised”
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My Year on Screen: 2021

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2021. I have missed, as always, missed a lot of amazing cinema this year. But it’s not just my fault this time, it’s down to the pandemic we have all been, and still are, living in. The cinema is my safe space but it took a while for me to feel safe going back. My […]

My Year on Screen: 2021

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Film review: C’mon C’mon

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Inspired by early interactions with his infant son, writer and director Mike Mills tells a contemplative tale with latest feature C’mon C’mon. The tender drama centres around Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix), a journalist of sorts travelling state to state conducting philosophical interviews with the youth of today about their future. When his sister Viv (Gaby Hoffman) […]

Film review: C’mon C’mon

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Don’t Look Up (2021) An even disaster comedy

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Adam McKay’s new film “Don’t Look Up”, which was released on Netflix on Christmas Eve after being released at theaters early in this month, attempts to laugh about how absurd and incorrigible we can be in front of one big global disaster, but it comes to resort to a series of cheap and superficial laughs […]

Don’t Look Up (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): An uneven disaster comedy

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The Forever Prisoner (2021): It was torture indeed

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HBO documentary “The Forever Prisoner” is often sobering and chilling in its calm but blistering presentation on what the US government allowed to happen in the name of War on Terror. While it did not surprise or shock you much if you are familiar with its main subjects, the documentary is still captivating as providing […]

The Forever Prisoner (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): It was torture indeed
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Money Heist – Season 3 – Overview and Review

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And here we are at the final overview and review for Money Heist! It honestly feels kind of emotional since I’ve invested so much time to watch and write about the show! Anyways welcome to another edition of Explore With Me / The Couch Potato! This is an overview post of Season 3 but you […]

Explore With Me : Money Heist – Season 3 – Overview and Review
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The French Dispatch (2021)

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Title – The French Dispatch (2021)  Director – Wes Anderson (Bottle Rocket)  Cast – Bill Murray, Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Jeffrey Wright, Timothee Chalamet, Owen Wilson  Plot – A collection of stories that form integral parts of an American newspaper set in a French city.  “All great beauties withhold their deepest secrets” Review […]

Film Review – The French Dispatch (2021)
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DUNE – A Cinematic and Momentous Sci-Fi Epic

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Denis Villeneuve delivers with a rich, dense, and layered adaption—executed with incredible performances throughout. With mythology and world-building on par with The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, Dune is cinematic and momentous. Considered among many circles as one of the hardest stories to adapt, Frank Herbert’s science fiction epic has been attempted in the past. None, however, come […]

DUNE – A Cinematic and Momentous Sci-Fi Epic
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DRIVE MY CAR: sublime and powerful

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Photo caption: Reika Kirishima and Hidetoshi Nishijima in DRIVE MY CAR. Courtesy of The Match Factory. Drive My Car is director and co-writer Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s engrossing masterpiece about dealing with loss – and it’s the best movie of 2021. Layered with character-driven stories that could each justify their own movie, this is a mesmerizing film […]

DRIVE MY CAR: sublime and powerful

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Spider-Man: No Way Home – Review

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Spider-Man: No Way Home effortlessly combines high-stakes, incredible action sequences, and a darker, emotional core to become the best movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The following review is spoiler-free. Spider-Man: Way Home is third and final film of Marvel’s “Home” trilogy, directly following the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home and continuing the […]

Spider-Man: No Way Home – Review | The Best MCU Movie
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The Matrix Resurrections – Review

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The Matrix Resurrections is a strong, meta-driven return to the iconic franchise. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss effortlessly return their roles while Lana Wachowski brings a bold artistic vision. The fourth film in the Matrix franchise, The Matrix Resurrections brings back many familiar faces. Reeves and Moss are back as Neo and Trinity, while Yahya […]

The Matrix Resurrections – Review

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Return to Glennascaul

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A ghost story for Christmas, and something timeless for your festive viewing; Orson Welles’ Return to Glennascaul is only 23 minutes long, which makes it a pleasure rather than a chore. Shot during a break on his troubled production of Othello, it’s billed as ‘a story told in Dublin’ but takes the form of a […]

Return to Glennascaul
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The Silent Sea Cast

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The Silent Sea (고요의 바다) series is an adaptation from the 2014 short film The Sea of Tranquility. The Silent Sea premiered on Netflix on December 24, 2021, starring Bae Doona, Gong Yoo, Lee Joon, Heo Sung-tae, and Lee Moo-saeng. Gong Yoo as Han Yoon-jae Gong Ji-cheol (공지철), better known by his stage name Gong […]

The Silent Sea Cast | The Silent Sea Netflix Cast
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Happiest Season (2020) Movie Review

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A New Christmas Favourite Director: Clea DuVall Writer: Clea DuVall, Mary Holland (Screenplay) Starring: Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Mary Steenburgen, Victor Garber, Alison Brie, Mary Holland, Dan Levy Plot: A holiday romantic comedy that captures the range of emotions tied to wanting your family’s acceptance, being true to yourself, and trying not […]

Happiest Season (2020) Movie Review

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Billy Wilder’s “Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)”

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There’ve been a few attempts, over the decades, to rewrite the history of Billy Wilder’s 1964 clunker “Kiss Me, Stupid.” It’s “underrated” thanks to a winning Dean Martin as “Dino” (Dean Martin) performance, worth re-assessing because of a risque late scene Wilder was forced to edit out, somehow worthy of elevation because of its satiric […]

Classic Film Review: Billy Wilder’s “Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)” reconsidered
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“The Tender Bar” Is A Nice, Family-Centered But Ultimately Mundane Film

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A boy growing up on Long Island seeks out father figures among the patrons at his uncle’s bar.

Movie Review: “The Tender Bar” Is A Nice, Family-Centered But Ultimately Mundane Film

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Dopesick. A Bingeworthy Addiction

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Riveting. Provocative. Addictive. Dopesick is Hulu’s newest mini-series, documenting the Opioid crisis through captivating storylines which intersect and send the audience on a brilliant and emotional journey. Based on Beth Macy’s book of the same name, Dopesick follows the Opioid crisis from a multitude of perspectives: patients, abusers, doctors, law enforcement, prosecutors, and pharmaceutical…

Dopesick. A Bingeworthy Addiction
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Being the Ricardos

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While the world seems to be spinning out of control, Hollywood seems to reach further and further back into the past for ideas and inspiration; writer and director Aaron Sorkin feels that comedy icon Lucille Ball is the most urgent subject that he could possibly address in 2021. Ball’s heyday was in the 1950’s, and…

Being the Ricardos

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