Apple TV+ Review – ‘Cherry’

After directing the highest-grossing film ever with Avengers: Endgame, directors Anthony and Joe Russo could do anything they wanted. They chose to adapt Nico Walker’s semi-autobiographical novel about the military, addiction, and crime: Cherry. Split into chapters, Cherry follows an unnamed narrator aka Cherry (Tom Holland) over the course of fifteen years — from meeting …

Review – ‘The Sinners’

You’d think Pretty Little Liars meets Se7en would have a little more skin on its bones than what The Sinners cooks up, but alas this after school special is just as exciting as watching paint dry. Seven students at a Catholic high school form a secret clique where each of them embody one of the …

Review – ‘Music’

I honestly don’t know how to begin this review without it immediately turning into a rant. I made it safely through Sia’s ‘Music’ while rolling my eyes and sighing, but this film should come with a trigger warning for woke people; ‘Music’ actively tries to kill you. Kazu (Kate Hudson) is a recovering drug addict …

JIFF 2021 Review – ‘Non Odiare (Thou Shalt Not Hate)’

Is it morally right to not help someone if they are a bad person? Director Mauro Mancini tries to answer this question, but limps around trying to find a satisfying answer. Simone Segre (Alessandro Gassmann) is a Jewish-Italian doctor with daddy issues who allows a hit and run victim to die after discovering he’s a …

JIFF 2021 Review – ‘Adventures of a Mathematician’

Biopics are a tough thing to get right. Either your subject is so well known that you can’t possibly do them justice, or you pluck someone out of relative obscurity and introduce them to the world. A daunting task that ‘Adventures of a Mathematician’ tries to take on to the best of its ability. Stan …

Review – ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

“What would you tell your son about what you did then?” This question is asked of LaKeith Stanfield’s William O’Neal in the opening scene of Shaka King’s newest film ‘Judas and the Black Messiah,’ but it could just as easily be directed at the audience, asked to reflect on what role we’ve all played in our current …

Review – ‘Red Dot’

Alain Darborg’s Red Dot offers everything you would expect from a survival thriller but struggles to bring anything new to the table.  Netflix’s first-offering of an original Swedish-language feature brings us to the vast snowy landscapes of the Swedish countryside, accompanied by young, married couple Nadja (Nanna Blondell) and David (Anastasios Soulis). Their marriage is …

Review – ‘The Nest’

Jude Law as “Rory” and Carrie Coon as “Allison” in Sean Durkin’s THE NEST. Courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films Release. Sean Durkin’s sophomore film, ‘The Nest’ is an outstanding drama that often feels like it wants to dip its toes so desperately into thriller territory. Nine years ago, his first film ‘Martha Marcy …

Netflix Review – ‘Rebecca’

Rebecca: Lily James as Mrs. de Winter, Cr. KERRY BROWN/NETFLIX Ben Wheatley is an interesting director to say the least. His work, stylistically strong, spans broad genres and is often met with well-deserved critical acclaim. They aren’t usually targeted at a broader audience so it was surprising to find out his next project was Rebecca, …

TIFF20 Review – ‘Pieces Of A Woman’

Premiering at Venice Film Festival earlier this month, where Vanessa Kirby just won the award for best actress, ‘Pieces of a Woman’ kicks off its harrowing story with an incredibly long one take opening sequence wherein Martha (Kirby) and Shawn (LaBeouf) see their planned home birth end tragically. What follows is a melodramatic postpartum period, …