Perfectos Desconocidos: Secrets Get Revealed

At first glance, Perfectos Desconocidos (Perfect Strangers) is a gathering of friends for a dinner party but things soon get very intense. The film starts out with friends gathered around in the home of Eva (Cecilia Suárez) and Antonio (Bruno Bichir).  Nothing is out of the ordinary for this group of friends aside from a lunar eclipse.  As friends continue to arrive, things don’t really get started until Pepe (Franky Martin) arrives.  While everyone was looking…

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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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Sicario: Day of the Soldado needed Emily Blunt

It’s not that Sicario: Day of the Soldado is a lot of movie without exposition but that the film really lacks the presence of Emily Blunt. Blunt’s character, as you may recall, was forced to sign paperwork at the end of the first film.  It makes perfect sense as to why her character, Kate Mercer, isn’t returning but it hurts the film.  The only two women with any kind of prominence in Taylor Sheridan’s screenplay…

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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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