Lakewood – Toronto 2021

Lakewood is an intense thriller about a mother racing against time to know if her son is okay during an active shooter situation. Amy Carr (Naomi Watts), has been a widowed mother of two going on almost a year. It’s a trying time as the one-year anniversary approaches especially with her oldest son, Noah. With Noah still in bed and not leaving for school any time soon, Amy goes off for a routine jog through…

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Penguin Bloom: Naomi Watts Delivers In Drama

Two-time Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts delivers an effective performance as usual in the new Netflix drama, Penguin Bloom. Stick around for the credits if you’d like to see a slideshow of photos. Healing can come in the oddest of places.  For Samantha Bloom (Naomi Watts), her emotional healing came after the family took in an injured baby magpie.  Sam would bond with this injured bird, which her three children–Reuben, Noah, and Oli–named Penguin.  Hence, the…

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Birdman: Oscar Winner Benefits From Unique Style

When it comes to filmmaking, the Michael Keaton-starring Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a unique achievement in cinema. The film, featuring a star-studded cast, is Michael Keaton’s comeback so to speak.  Did he ever go away?  Well, probably not.  Regardless, Keaton turns in one of the greatest performances of his career. Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) used to portray the iconic Birdman.  While battling his alter-ego, the actor now mounts a Broadway play…

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Ophelia: Hamlet Fanfiction Is A Letdown

The Daisy Ridley-starring Ophelia is unfortunately a bit of a letdown in the most recent adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play. What the film does is tell the classic Hamlet story from Ophelia’s (Daisy Ridley) point of view in the Denmark-set film.  It’s an admirable attempt but I feel like there’s something missing.  In switching the point of view, the film falls quite short in that regard.  This is unfortunate because the premise had the potential…

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Sundance 2019: Luce

Luce is one of those films that comes along at just the right point in time in which the country needs it in order to spark an important conversation. From the outside looking in, Luce (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) is the smartest person in the school.  He has it going for him in every which direction.  When he’s not in class, he’ll be doing his duties as either the debate-team captain or participating in track.  In other words,…

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