Dumbo gets the Live-Action treatment

The hour-long Dumbo gets the live-action treatment in a film running nearly double the run time of Disney’s 1941 animated classic. Max Medici (Danny DeVito) runs the Medici Bros. Circus and we’re introduced to all the characters moments into the film.  It’s post-war Sarasota, Fla. when Captain Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) returns home to children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins).  Things are much different from when the two children last saw their father.  For…

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TIFF 2018: Widows

A trio of recently widowed women in the city of Chicago follow in their husbands’ footsteps by coming together in Widows. The film has a few things going for it.  It’s not just tackling the women coming together and forming a heist of their own a la Ocean’s Eight but there’s also some political commentary.  The political commentary comes by way of how traditional Chicago politics are run.  We see this in how the Mulligan family…

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It’s Not Yet Dark: Simon Fitzmaurice directs film while battling ALS

It’s Not Yet Dark is a documentary about Irish filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice, who was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 34. Directed by Frankie Fenton and narrated by Colin Farrell, we learn about Simon Fitzmaurice’s story.  The film is on the short side with a running length of 77 minutes. Following the premiere of his short film, The Sound Of People, at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, the Irish filmmaker soon learned that he…

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The Beguiled: Strong Performances in Civil War Drama

The Beguiled may be a remake of the 1971 movie of the same name but the acting performances are so strong in this psychological thriller that it almost doesn’t even matter. Written for the screen and directed by Sofia Coppola from the book written by Thomas Cullinan, the period drama stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning.  Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, Emma Howard, and Addison Riecke all play boarding school students. Three…

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