Category: review

REVIEW: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Just a quick note that this review contains more significant plot spoilers than are usually included on this website. In short: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is an excellent film by Quentin Tarantino that embraces in full his personal filmmaking style - but does contain some problematic elements that provoked a slightly ambivalent reaction when I ...

REVIEW: The Kitchen (2019)

Kathy (Melissa McCarthy), Ruby (Tiffany Haddish), and Claire (Elisabeth Moss) are three mob wives living in Hell's Kitchen in the 1970s. When their husbands are arrested and sent to prison, they take matters into their own hands and run the family business for themselves. The first half hour of The Kitchen is a cavalcade of literally every ...

REVIEW: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

A message is transmitted through space: Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), ruler of the once-defeated Empire, has somehow survived certain death and now threatens the galaxy again. While the First Order's Supreme Leader Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) races to hunt Palpatine down, members of the Resistance - Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe (Oscar Isaac), and Finn (John ...

REVIEW: The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019)

Áila (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers) is a Canadian First Nations woman. On the street she discovers Rosie (Violet Nelson): barefoot, pregnant, and bleeding, her abusive boyfriend still shouting at her from across the road. Áila wants desperately to help - but does Rosie want the assistance? The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open is an independent Canadian ...

REVIEW: Bombshell (2019)

In July 2016 Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harrassment lawsuit against CEO Roger Ailes, setting off a chain of accusations and denials that rocked the television network. The lead-up and repercussions of Carlson's lawsuit are now the subject of a new feature drama directed by Jay Roach: Bombshell. A sexual harrassment suit hardly ...

REVIEW: Ask Dr. Ruth (2019)

Dr Ruth Westheimer is a popular German-American sex therapist, whose radio and television programs caused a seismic shift in how 1980s America discussed sex, relationships, and sexual health. A talk show stalwart and lecturer, she is now 91 years old and the subject of a new feature documentary directed by Ryan White (The Case Against ...

REVIEW: Jojo Rabbit (2019)

Johannes "Jojo" Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) is an enthused 10 year-old member of the Hitler Youth; so dedicated to the Nazi cause that he has Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi) for an imaginary friend and dreams of showing enough bravery to defend Germany on the front lines. When he discovers his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding ...