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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Toronto 2019: How to Build a Girl

Booksmart‘s Beanie Feldstein delivers another strong leading performance as teenager who becomes a rock music critic in How to Build a Girl. The film isn’t the typical coming-of-age comedy.  Not many people come of age while seeking to reinvent themselves as a rock critic.  This is what happens for Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein).  Once a bullied high school teenager, Morrigan transforms herself into rock critic Dolly Wilde after taking a job with D&ME.  The opportunity…

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Men in Black: International goes Across The Pond

Men in Black: International ups the ante just a little bit as MIB takes the fun across the pond in order to protect the universe. It’s been known since Tomorrowland that the Eiffel Tower was a bridge to another dimension.  While the former film saw Gustav Eiffel as a founder of Plus Ultra, this film sees him as one of MIB’s earliest agents.  In fact, the Great Migration was really aliens coming to Earth.  But…

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Men in Black 3 gets the old charm back

Men in Black 3 is certainly a welcome sight while offering a fresh twist for the franchise ten years after a very sour outing. One minute, Agent J (Will Smith) is on the phone with Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones).  The next minute, J finds himself with a temporal fracture headache and craving chocolate milk.  An altered timeline means that so much hasn’t happened.  And yet, J would still be recruited into the MIB agency…

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Missing Link: A Sasquatch Cartoon

Missing Link is the newest addition to the Sasquatch Cinematic Universe and finds our west coast friend feeling lonely and wanting more. After a mission to find proof of the Loch Ness monster goes spectacularly awful, Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) finds himself on a new quest.  This one comes as a response to a letter from someone.  This someone believes that they know where to find the Sasquatch.  Or as we otherwise know them:…

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Primary Colors Really Goes For The Satire

Make no mistake that Primary Colors is a satire but the film’s events are rather uncanny when it comes to similarities with the 1992 Bill Clinton campaign. Henry Burton (Adrian Lester) signs on to manage the presidential campaign for Arkansas Governor Jack Stanton (John Travolta).  Stanton has this charismatic attitude about the way he walks and talks.  You can’t help but like the guy and want him to win!  Stanton already has a strong team…

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Sundance 2019: Late Night

Late Night is a hysterically funny film that puts the spotlight on women in a comedy industry on television that is predominantly male. Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is the host of Tonight with Katherine.  In the film’s universe, Katherine the only late night talk show host who is female and has her own show.  She’s won many awards over the years and the film starts as the Brit becomes the first foreigner to take home…

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Johnny English Strikes Again: Full of Spy Cliches

While there are laughs, Johnny English Strikes Again doesn’t have enough to over come the predictable cliches throughout this spy comedy. That the film starts out with a cyber attack revealing the identities of every single undercover agent in Britain isn’t a problem. It’s that this EXACT trope was played out before ten years ago in the film remake, Get Smart!  It just so happens that Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) happens to be retired from…

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The Children Act: Emma Thompson is Remarkable

With a stellar performance from Emma Thompson, The Children Act tells a moving story of a judge who must decide on life or death. British High Court judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) is given the sole responsibility of well, choosing life or death for a minor.  The minor in question is Adam Henry (Fionn Whitehead).  He’s suffering from leukemia and is denying the hospital from giving him a blood transfusion.  Even though it’s the very…

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The Meyerowitz Stories: A Typical Dysfunctional Jewish Family

Netflix’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is the dysfunctional Jewish family that This Is Where I Leave You wanted to be. Written and directed by Noah Baumbach, the film stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson.  Judd Hirsch, Rebecca Miller, Adam Driver, Matthew Shear, and Candice Bergen co-star. Baumbach has given us some very strong films before and The Meyerowitz Stories is no exception. It’s his…

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