All is True: William Shakespeare’s Last Days

All is True picks up after the tragic burning of the Globe Theatre and William Shakespeare retiring to a home life in Stratford. William Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh) is the greatest playwright of all time.  This is a film that tells is story following the Globe Theatre fire.  The fire would lead Shakespeare into retirement.  He would never write another play again.  Screenwriter Ben Elton draws upon what we know about the Bard and takes liberties elsewhere. …

"All is True: William Shakespeare’s Last Days"

TIFF 2018: Red Joan falls short

In this era of The Americans and so many other crazy spy stories being told, Red Joan ultimately falls well short of its potential. While I’m not going to make this a compare/contrast with the popular FX series, it’s extremely disappointing to say that this film disappointed.  Considering that the film is headlined by Dame Judi Dench, the fact that it disappoints is frustrating. To most people, Joan Stanley (Dame Judi Dench) is just a…

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Murder on the Orient Express: Was This Remake Necessary?

Murder on the Orient Express makes for some great set pieces and period costumes but the whodunnit mystery doesn’t really need another adaptation. Director Kenneth Branagh, working from a screenplay written by Michael Green, has gathered an all-star cast but with so many suspects, there’s a major fight for screen time. A Rabbi, a Priest, and an Imam walk up to the Western Wall in Jerusalem and despite the making of a classic joke, there’s…

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