The Upside Squanders So Much Potential

Despite the best efforts of Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, The Upside squanders so much potential during a film that is otherwise a laugh riot. Phillip Lacasse (Bryan Cranston)–based on Phillippe Pozzo Di Borgo–is a quadriplegic billionaire as a result of a paragliding accident.  Dell Scott (Kevin Hart) is an ex-convict in need of a job.  In need of a signature to take to his parole officer, Dell’s attitude impresses Phillip to the point that he…

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Aquaman Rises From The Depths

It wouldn’t be unfair to say that Aquaman is a step up from Justice League because there are many films that could qualify as such. As far as the credits go, there’s a mid-credits scene but there’s no scene at the very end of the credits. We don’t immediately meet Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa).  We go back to the beginning when Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) washes ashore, where she’s rescued by Tom Curry (Temuera Morrison).  This leads…

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TIFF 2018: Destroyer

Destroyer features a strong performance from actress Nicole Kidman but its storytelling decisions might prevent some from truly enjoying the film. LAPD detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) remains haunted by events from years earlier while working undercover.  One day while at the office, Bell becomes the recipient of mail containing dyed money.  She knows then and there that gangster Silas (Toby Kebbell) is back in town.  She’s hell-bent on finding him after what happened years earlier…

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TIFF 2018: Boy Erased Adds to the Conversation

Boy Erased is able to broach conversion therapy with such sincerity, emotional drama, and gripping performances from its cast. The film starts as Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges) is sent for a 12-day assessment at Love in Action after a college counselor calls his parents.  It’s not a choice he made in as much as his father, Baptist pastor Marshall Eamons (Russell Crowe), did. Russell Crowe is able to disappear into the role of the pastor to…

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The Beguiled: Strong Performances in Civil War Drama

The Beguiled may be a remake of the 1971 movie of the same name but the acting performances are so strong in this psychological thriller that it almost doesn’t even matter. Written for the screen and directed by Sofia Coppola from the book written by Thomas Cullinan, the period drama stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning.  Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, Emma Howard, and Addison Riecke all play boarding school students. Three…

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