Toronto 2019: The Personal History of David Copperfield

The Personal History of David Copperfield gives viewers the first adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel in almost 20 years. We first meet David Copperfield (Dev Patel) as an adult before taking a journey with him back to his childhood.  Sometime after being born in the Rookery to Clara (Morfydd Clark), the young Copperfield finds himself living in the least traditional of places, an upside down boat on the beach.  It’s here where he lives…

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Hotel Mumbai feels like Exploitation

Hotel Mumbai basically serves as a reenactment of the awful terrorist attack that fell upon the city of Mumbai in November 2008. For one waiter, Arjun (Dev Patel), he started off his day by running late and getting chewed out by head Taj Mahal Palace Hotel chef Hemant Oberoi (Anupam Kher) for wearing the wrong pair of shoes.  The kitchen is under an insane amount of stress with the rival of David (Armie Hammer) and Zahra…

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The Wedding Guest Falls Short As Thriller

Taking us overseas to Pakistan and India, The Wedding Guest has some thrilling aspects but the film falls just a bit short as a thriller. Jay (Dev Patel) is a man on the mission: kidnapping the bride-to-be, Samira (Radhika Apte).  He’s traveled all the way from Britain to Pakistan for her wedding.  The film starts out with the mystery and suspense that any thriller should.  It’s only when Jay’s plan goes to complete and utter shit…

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Disney’s Aladdin Problem

Walt Disney Pictures has an Aladdin problem as they have been unable to find a male lead to play Aladdin in their live-action film. Guy Ritchie is directing the movie and the studio has searched for months to find a male lead.  In addition to the unknown actors, the search has included known actors such as Riz Ahmed and Dev Patel.  Newcomers include Achraf Koutet, Mena Massoud and George Kosturos. Their problem is that they…

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