Movie Reviews

REVIEW: “Thunder Force” (2021)

Melissa McCarthy’s collaborations with writer-director and husband Ben Falcone have been pretty brutal. Falcone has directed McCarthy in four previous movies. Of those, 2018’s abysmal “Life of the Party” has the highest Rotten Tomatoes score at 38%. Yes I know, review aggregators aren’t infallible and they don’t always represent the quality of a movie. I […]

REVIEW: “Thunder Force” (2021)
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First Glance: “The Woman in the Window”

It took a while, but the long-delayed psychological thriller “The Woman in the Window” is finally set to see the light of day. Originally owned by 20th Century Fox, the rights then went to Disney following their acquisition of Fox. Now Netflix is set to release the film next month. It’s directed by Joe Wright […]

First Glance: “The Woman in the Window”

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Movie Reviews

Éric Rohmer’s A TALE OF SPRINGTIME

I reviewed Éric Rohmer’s A TALE OF SPRINGTIME for Cinefile Chicago. A restored version opens for a virtual run at the Music Box Theatre today. Éric Rohmer’s A TALE OF WINTER (France)Available to rent through the Music Box Theatre hereA TALE OF WINTER is the second film that Éric Rohmer made in his “Tales of […]

Éric Rohmer’s A TALE OF SPRINGTIME
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Movie Reviews

REVIEW: “Concrete Cowboy” (2021)

Idris Elba is an actor I’ve always admired. Whether he’s speaking with power and passion as Nelson Mandela or declaring himself Black Superman in “Hobbs & Shaw”. He has always possessed both leading man charisma and supporting role restraint. He uses a little of both in the new Netflix drama “Concrete Cowboy”, directed by Ricky […]

REVIEW: “Concrete Cowboy” (2021)
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Movie News

All this week’s Netflix Originals (Available from 2nd April 2021)

One of the great things about Netflix is their Netflix Original content – be it films or series made by Netflix themselves or exclusive content available only on Netflix after it airs on regular TV. Every week we will give you a round-up of the new Netflix Originals becoming available in the next week. We […]

All this week’s Netflix Originals (Available from 2nd April 2021)
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Movie Reviews

Film Review: “Concrete Cowboy”

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 4 out of 5. Every parent wants his or her child to succeed; be a good child, law obedient, get an education, find a well-paid job, get married, have children and live happily ever after. Cole’s (Caleb McLaughlin) mother, struggling in Detroit with her son, is fed up with all the issues he […]

Film Review: “Concrete Cowboy”
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Movie Reviews

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Title – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Director – Milos Forman (Man On the Moon) Cast – Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Brad Douriff, Danny DeVito, Will Sampson, Christopher Lloyd Plot – Troublemaker and criminal R.P McMurphy (Nicholson) is transported to a mental facility run by Nurse Ratched (Fletcher) where he is to be evaluated […]

Classic Review – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
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Amazon Prime

Carnival Row

 Amazon Prime          Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne   Jarred Harris   Suspense, Fantasy, Drama A serial killer is loose in Carnival Row, and the government turns a blind eye (as always) to lower class citizens. The human Rycroft Philostrate (bloom) is a detective or P.I. looking into the deaths of some fae […]

Carnival Row
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Movie Reviews

Netflixable? Teen Italians, in love and facing tragedy — “Caught by a Wave”

Young love is tested by illness and honesty issues in “Caught by a Wave,” a scenic Italian romance set against a sailing backdrop. The leads are pretty and the locales romantic, but the scenario is generic and the pacing funereal in this dry-eyed weeper of rehab and regattas. Sailing camp on the isle of Favignana […]

Netflixable? Teen Italians, in love and facing tragedy — “Caught by a Wave”
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Netflix

Spanish Netflix Series “Sky Rojo” Will Return for Season 2 in July

After its release just 10 days ago, Netflix has announced that their female-led action series “Sky Rojo” will return for its second season on July 23rd. The series is from the Spanish award-winning producer and writer Alex Pina, the creative mind behind the most watched non-English show on Netflix, “La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”) […]

Spanish Netflix Series “Sky Rojo” Will Return for Season 2 in July
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Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

There is no doubt that Breaking Bad is genius. It shows how “the impossible”—like the notion that an innocent, deferential science teacher could transform into an evil, mass-murdering, money-laundering meth kingpin within a couple of years—becomes “possible.” And, even more strikingly, the dichotomy between lead character Walter White and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman is brilliant. […]

Breaking Bad (2008-2013)
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Movie Reviews

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather’s grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths and must survive the terrors of Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) and his family. This is one of those cornerstones of horror that you’re always aware of even if you’ve never […]

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
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Movie Reviews

Netflixable? A “Bad Trip” that goes a prank or two too far

If Hollywood is going to give screenwriting Oscar nominations to “Borat” movies, brace yourself for pranks, pranks and more pranks pictures. “Bad Trip” is more at the “Bad Grandpa” with Johnny Knoxville end of the practical joke pictures spectrum. A little edge, a few confrontations with angry rural America, waaaay too many bodily function/bodily fluid […]

Netflixable? A “Bad Trip” that goes a prank or two too far
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REVIEW: “#Alive” (2020)

It may be tempting to write “#Alive” off as just another zombie movie. In a way that’s what it is. This South Korean survival thriller from director and co-writer Cho Il-hyung doesn’t bring anything particularly new and it certainly doesn’t reinvent the horror sub-genre. At the same time, it’s hard not to enjoy its nimble […]

REVIEW: “#Alive” (2020)
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Movie News

What’s Coming to Netflix UK in April 2021?

Welcome back to another update of what’s New On Netflix UK for the month of April. Here we will give you the rundown of what new films and TV shows will be added in the coming month. As well as all the global Netflix Originals we post about separately there are a lot of great […]

What’s Coming to Netflix UK in April 2021?
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HBO

First Glance: “In the Heights”

Following the enormous success of “Hamilton” what better time for Warner Brothers to release “In the Heights”. This musical drama is an adaptation of a Tony-winning stage play by Quiara Alegría Hudes and “Hamilton” mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda. Jon M. Chu of “Crazy Rich Asians” fame directs the film from a screenplay written by Hudes with […]

First Glance: “In the Heights”
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Netflix

Series Review: Return to “detectorists”

I stumbled into “detectorists” when it hit Netflix some years back. But the streaming service had just the first two seasons of it, and while I binged it and absolutely adored it, I never got around to writing about it. Coming back to the series, after a third season of it brought things to a […]

Series Review: Return to “detectorists”
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