After The Wedding – Film Review

Michelle Williams delivers a knockout performance as Isabel, a young American woman caring for kids in an orphanage in Southern India. In desperate need of funds, an generous offer comes in from New York, on the condition Isabel travels there to personally meet with the potential donor. She is resistant to the idea of leaving…

Pavarotti – Film Review

Film Review – Pavarotti   If ever a film was made for my Mum, it’s this one. Ron Howard follows up his toe-tapping doco The Beatles: Eight Days A Week with an in-depth look at the life of Pavarotti, The Maestro, The King of the High C’s, and one of the great Italian Operatic Tenors who…

Blinded By The Light – Film Review

Bringing music to life on the big screen is harder than it might look. For every triumphant entry in the genre like Bohemian Rhapsody or Straight Outta Compton there’s a Crossroads or Glitter to ruin it for everybody. Blinded By The Light sits somewhere in the middle. It has had huge reviews and there’s no…

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – Film Review

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil feels like the most soap opera movie from Disney in a long time. Aurora (Elle Fanning) receives a marriage proposal from Prince Phillip (Harris Dickinson replacing Aussie Brenton Thwaites who is off busy in the DC TV Universe), much to the disgust of her Fairy Godmother Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) who would…

Judy – Film Review

Judy Garland died in 1969 having just turned 47 the previous fortnight. In four decades of performing she scaled phenomenal heights, attaining international stardom for her work on stage and screen, and was the recipient of awards for her acting and singing. Eternally memorable for her portrayal of Dorothy in 1939’s Wizard of Oz, she…

Hustlers – Film Review

It’s not just a homicidal clown dishing out justice in the downtown financial district on the big screen this month….More Wall Street guys meet their match, with less blood but more sweat and tears as Jennifer Lopez puts in a career best performance in Hustlers, a film based on a 2015 New York Magazine article…

Joker – Film Review

On my way to watch Joker in at a cinema in a Westfield in downtown San Francisco this week, a crowd had gathered to watch two black women engaged in some kind of physical conflict in the middle of the ground floor. Hairpieces were strewn across the marbled tiles as bystanders gawked, taking it all…

Ad Astra – Film Review

Brad Pitt goes where many men have boldly gone before – into an astronaut jumpsuit and into the furthest reaches of space. He plays Major Roy McBride, who miraculously survives a fall from a deep space antenna he was working on, that was hit by a huge energy pulse. The source of the disruption? A…

Rambo: Last Blood – Film Review

1982’s First Blood is a seriously great film. The story of John Rambo, (played by Sylvester Stallone) a Vietnam veteran rambling his way across America, who encounters prejudice in Hope Washington, at the hands of local law enforcement. Rambo is initially escorted to the town limits by the town’s Sheriff, Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy), who…

Abominable – Film Review

DreamWorks Animation have an outstanding record when to comes to creating unforgettable characters. A green ogre and his wise-cracking donkey- Shrek. A Kung Fu Panda? Check A Boss Baby and Dragons you can train are just a handful of the brilliant original titles and now their latest brings us a classic creature, a young Yeti…

Downton Abbey – Film Review

Isn’t “Entitlement” a fascinating word? The fact of having a right to something. And if you happen to have a title bestowed upon you by royalty, well then welcome to the world of aristocracy, where membership DOES have its privileges. In the case of the Crawley family who call Downton home, their lives revolve around…

The Angry Birds Movie 2 – Film Review

Angry Birds was one of the greatest successes in the early days of the iPhone, with downloads in excess of 3 billion, and a feature film starring the key characters, birds and pigs, earning a spot on the top five all time films to be based on a video game. Given, there haven’t been a…