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Posted: 12/25/2018 - 2 comment(s)
Christian Bale gives an amazing performance playing American Vice President Dick Cheney in this new movie relased today ( xmas day).You can't even recognize him ! There are many fine actors in this such as Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Canadian Allison Pill, Tyler Perry, and the always good Sam Rockwell portraying President George W. Bush. The film itself is sort of a biographical dramedy which satirizes the US political scene, but provides much disturbing information. It shoes that Bush was as dumb as ...
Posted: 12/19/2018 - 1 comment(s)
Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone star in this new biographical dramatic comedy currently in theatres. Colman plays Queen Anne, a befuddled, lonely British monarch who is easily manipulated by Lady Sarah Marlborough portrayed by Weisz,  with whom she is having a secret affair with. Things start to change when Abigail, (Stone),  a woman of high birth who has fallen on hard times is hired by the Court and quickly attempts to gain the Queen's favour. The acting by the three leads is excellent, an...
Posted: 12/1/2018 - 2 comment(s)
Hugh Jackman leads a powerful cast in this movie which tells the story of Senator Gary Hart's abortive run for the US Presidency in 1988. He had to drop out of the race after being caught having liasons with a young lady he met on a yacht aplty named "Monkey Business". There were a lot of rumours about his infidelity, and he told a reporter from the Washington Post, to "follow me around, you'll be bored". Unfortunatly two reporters from the Miami Herald did, and the rest is history, Among...
Posted: 11/29/2018 - 2 comment(s)
This movie takes place in 1962 and is taken from real life. It tells the story of renowned black classical jazz pianist Don Shirley, who hires a Italian American bouncer Tony "Lip" as a driver as he embarks with his trio on a tour of the racially segregated southern US states. The title refers to a book published at one time showing safe places for black Americans to travel to in the southern states. Mahershala Ali portrays Don Shirley and Viggo Mortenson plays Tony. This is a very interesting movie which ...
Posted: 11/2/2018 - 2 comment(s)
Thanks to Scene Creek, we attended an advance screening of this new movie directed by Steve McQueen. The story is about a group of widows whose husbands were criminals and died in a heist in present day Chicago. The film has a stellar cast led by Viola Davis and includes Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Liam Neeson, Lukas Haas and Michelle Rodriguez. Viola delivers a very powerful performance and it's nice to see Robert Duvall in a very effective supporting role. There are some violent scenes which some may not lik...
Posted: 10/23/2018 - 1 comment(s)
This is a documenty which is currently playing in slect theatres. Micheal Caine narrates the film and does some interviews in it. The movie is all about the great social changes which took place in 1960's Britain. There are interesting clips of Caine today which then switches to some of his popular 1960's movies. Some of the the famous Brits interviewed are Paul McCartney, Twiggy, Joan Collins, Roger Daltrey, Mary Quant, and Marianne Faithful,  Some of the clps are really entertaining , especially when ...
Posted: 10/10/2018 - 2 comment(s)
Paul Feig directs this new movie which is in wide release across Canada. Anna Kendrick stars as a suburban Conneticut single mom, who is concerned when her new friend , played by Blake Lively asks her to pick up her son at school and then mysteriously disappears. The movie is a "film-noir" type mystery with many interesting plot twists, but there are scenes of dark humour in it which lightens the atmosphere. I found it very interesting and entertaining and Kendrick was perfectly cast as the single mother, ...
Posted: 10/6/2018 - 2 comment(s)
This is a new Canadian independant film in current release in short run theatres. It stars newcomer Shiva Negar as a young Toronto muslim engineering student who is struggling between her strict uncle's religious beliefs and living in a freer society. A chance encounter with a performer called Texas Red introduces her to the world of burlesque performing, and slowly she is attracted to the art to the dismay of her family. Negar does an excellent job in the lead role and is well supported by an ensemble cast of f...
Posted: 8/23/2018 - 1 comment(s)
Director Spike Lee's new movie is taken from a true story. It's about Ron Stallworth, the first black cop in Colorado Springs in the 1970's who managed along with a white cop, to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and become involved with their nation leader David Duke, who is still involved and in the news. John David Washington has the lead, and has fine support from Adam Driver as his partner and Topher Grace as David Duke. This is a really interesting story, with some bits a humour thrown in. The film...
Posted: 8/11/2018 - 2 comment(s)
Mila Kunis "That '70s Show" and Kate McKinnon "Saturday Night Live" star in this new comedy currently in theatres. Mila character is dumped by her boyfriend who she doesn't know is an American spy. Her and Kate are chased to Europe where they are on the run and get involved with a British agent. The two stars give good performances and rise above a rather weak script. At 1 hour and 57 minutes it long , a few scenes could've been cut for pacing purposes. Justin Theroux and Gillian Ande...
Posted: 7/31/2018 - 2 comment(s)
Rob Reiner directs and co-stars in this new movie which is only having a limited release. Woody Harrelson & James Marsden are the leads, playing 2 enterprising reporters for the Knight Ridder newspaper chain who found out the truth, about the lies of the George W. Bush government about weapons of mass destruction leading up to the Iraq invasion. Reiner plays their boss and Tommy Lee Jones has an extended cameo as a veteran reporter who returns to writing after working for the State Department. The story is quite...
Posted: 7/17/2018 - 3 comment(s)
This is a follow up to the hit movie of 2015. The full title is "Sicario - Day of the Soldado" . Josh Brolin returns as the high level US intilligence agent Matt Graver and Benecio Del Toro plays the mysterious Alejandro. The plot is very complicated, but the American government defines drug cartels as terrorists, which allows them to adopt secret military action to sisrupt them. Catharine Keener is a an American government official and Matthew Modine portas the US Secretary of Defence. Del Toro's char...
Posted: 7/7/2018 - 3 comment(s)
This is a new mini series consisiting of three one hour episodes that was recently shown on the BBC and will soon be available on the Amazon Prime platform in Canada. Hugh Grant plays disgraced British politician Jeremy Thorpe who was chargered with trying to have his ex-lover Norman Scott, portrayed by Ben Whishaw murdered in the 1970's. Grant gives a wonderful performance, the best of his career. Excellent work also by Whishaw and the underrated Alex Jennings. who plays MP Peter Bessell, a friend of Thorpe. Th...
Posted: 7/3/2018 - 3 comment(s)
Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett lead an all star star cast in this action comedy currently in theatres. Bullock plays the sister of Danny Ocean, of the Ocean's 11 series. While in prison, she plans a heist of a $150 million necklace at the famous Met Gala in New York. Like the previous movies she recruits a talented group to help her. Among the stars are Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna and Sarah Paulson. British comedian and late night host James Corden has a funny role as an insuran...
Posted: 6/30/2018 - 3 comment(s)
"Fences" is a 2016 movie drirected by and starring Denzel Washington. The other lead actor is Viola Davis. Denzel and Viola played in this on Broadway. Viola won the best supporting actrees award for her role.. It's the story of Troy, an embittered sanitation worker in Pittsburgh in the mid 1950's. He was a former baseball player in the Negro Leagues who never got a shot in the Major Leagues. The film deals with the complicated family relationship he has with his wife and son, who is a gifted athle...