Mary Queen of Scots: Fit For A Queen

Mary Queen of Scots may span a few years of the queen’s life but actress Saoirse Ronan delivers a commanding performance as Scottish royalty. Saiorse Ronan is proving to be an unstoppable force as an actress.  Her role as the late Scottish Queen proves to be no exception.  While her performance is great, my only beef with the film is how they don’t really bother aging the queen in appearance.  Mary arrives back in Scotland…

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Chicago Film Festival 2018: Flammable Children

Flammable Children, while released as Swinging Safari in its native Australia, takes us back to the 1970s for a nostalgic comedy. The nostalgia starts the moment that “Spirit in the Sky” starts to play during the opening credits.  It’s from this point where writer-director Stephan Elliott wisely introduces us to the people in the neighborhood along the beach.  We’re introduced through Jeff Marsh (Atticus Robb), who serves as the narrator.  We soon meet the Halls, Jones,…

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The Catcher Was A Spy: Baseball and Espionage

The Catcher Was A Spy is a period film that combines baseball, espionage, and war. The film plays more as a drama than a thriller. Espionage films usually mean people kicking ass, but it’s not what happens in The Catcher Was A Spy, unless you’re referring to one’s intellect. Pardon the pun but it’s a nice curveball for the genre. One should not expect to get a James Bond movie even though Bond is what…

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