The Good Liar Isn’t At The Level of Hitchcock

The Good Liar tries so hard to be an Alfred Hitchcock thriller to the point in which the film ultimately comes to fail on that particular level. Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) is a con man.  He meets Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) by way of an online dating website.  If Roy gets his way, he’ll rob Betty of every dollar she’s worth.  Betty’s grandson, Stephen (Russell Tovey), has his suspicions of Roy but Betty shrugs it…

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Charlie’s Angels Offers Up Action, Comedy

Charlie’s Angels takes the Townsend Agency international in this very fast-paced action-comedy written and directed by Elizabeth Banks. After 40 years working with the Angels, John Bosley (Patrick Stewart) is retiring.  Under his leadership, the Angels have gone global.  There’s not just one team based out of California.  Instead, there are a several teams of Angels across the globe.  The film chooses to focus on Sabina Wilson (Kristen Stewart) and Jane Kano (Ella Balinska).  One…

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Going Attractions: An Important Film Documentary

Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace is a stark reminder of what we lose in the ever-changing cinema landscape. There are a number of historic movie palace theaters featured in the documentary.  Sadly, there are movie palaces no longer with us.  In some instances, they’ve been demolished to rubble.  In other instances, only the facade survived after preservationists spoke out.  Make no mistake that the business of going to the movies have…

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Last Christmas: Will The Film Give You Its Heart?

Last Christmas benefits from chemistry between Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding while taking inspiration from the George Michael song of the same name. Following the opening in Yugoslavia 1999, the film flash-forwards to London 2017.  Kate (Emilia Clarke) works as an elf for Santa (Michelle Yeoh) in a Christmas store open all year long.  This is what she does for work when she’s not trying to land gigs as a singer.  While cleaning the windows…

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Midway Is Better Than Pearl Harbor

Midway pays tribute to fallen American heroes even as the film may also be a spiritual sequel to an earlier Pacific-set World War 2 film, Pearl Harbor. Let’s get it out of the way right now.  Roland Emmerich is certainly attracted to directing films that have a large amount of action in them.  At the same time, this film does not suffer from the problems that brought down Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor.  For this, we’re…

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Lady and the Tramp in Live-Action is A Miss

If there’s a movie that says that Disney ought to stop adapting classic animation films into live-action, it’s got to be Lady and the Tramp. The basics of the film mostly remain the same until the film botches the ending.  I’ll have more on the ending in the moment.  A quick refresher:  Jim Dear (Thomas Mann) gives Darling (Kiersey Clemon) a cocker spaniel named Lady (Tessa Thompson).  One day, Lady meets Tramp (Justin Theroux) and…

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Inside Game Revisits The Tim Donaghy Scandal

Inside Game is a narrative feature that revisits the NBA betting scandal that came to light in 2007 and ended Tim Donaghy’s career as an NBA referee. Prior to becoming an NBA referee, Tim Donaghy (Eric Mabius) had been childhood friends with Tommy Martino (Scott Wolf) and Baba Battista (Will Sasso).  When they reconnect at a later point in life, they’re all at different points in their careers.  Donaghy followed his father’s footsteps and became…

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The Irishman: Another Martin Scorsese Masterpiece

The Irishman utilizes current de-aging technology but the film is another epic masterpiece in filmmaking from Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Netflix may have released Roma last year but The Irishman is its biggest test yet.  With a legendary filmmaker at the helm, it shows that Netflix isn’t playing around.  Scorsese is a legend in the industry–this goes without saying.  The only question now is will those among the old guard consider this film during awards…

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Terminator: Dark Fate Is A Welcome Sight

Terminator: Dark Fate is the sequel that fans have been waiting for especially as the film brings back a few fan favorites in the process. John Conner is gone.  Dead.  Terminated on a Guatemalan beach in 1998.  So what happens now that he’s completely out of the picture?  Well, a new future for one.  Maybe not a perfect one but nobody said it would be.  Legion has sent a new Terminator–a Rev-9 (Gabriel Luna)–back in…

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Motherless Brooklyn Has Some Issues

Motherless Brooklyn has a bloated run time, which could prove to be a tortuous experience for film goers if there are projection issues. Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton) suffers from Tourette Syndrome despite working for Frank Minna (Bruce Willis).  Funny enough, Lionel’s condition has never stopped Frank from trusting him.  What aids Lionel is the fact that he has one of the best memories among anyone working for the L & L Agency.  When Frank gets…

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