Movie review: A star is born

October 24, 2018
‘A STAR is Born’ has been filmed three times before so you can say its story about a rising star eclipsing the career of her discoverer-mentor is a showbiz tale as old as time. The first one was in 1937 starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, which we never saw but we’re told it’s straight drama. But we saw the 1954 film starring Judy Garland as Esther and James Mason as Norman Maine who are both really great in the movie, gloriously directed by George Cuckor who turned it into a musical.

Movie review: Mile 22

October 09, 2018
“MILE 22” is a slambang action flick and tightly constructed espionage thriller starring Mark Wahlberg as James Silva, the team leader of a top secret spy organization called Overwatch, He is also an elite soldier who is quite tactless and has some serious anger management issues. The movie opens with a prologue where the Overwatch team attacks a Russian safehouse and gets to kill all the bad guys inside.

Film review: Papillon

September 29, 2018
“PAPILLON” was first filmed in 1973 based on the French autobiography of Henri Charriere published in 1969. Henri was imprisoned at a penal colony from 1931 to 1945 and the film is about his repeated attempts to escape from French Guiana and the island prison called Devil’s Island located on the North Atlantic coast of South America.

Movie review: ‘Marjorie Prime’

September 28, 2018
The film is for thinking viewers. Based on an acclaimed Off-Broadway play by Jordan Harrison, Marjorie (Lois Smith, she played the same role on stage) is suffering from dementia and her daughter, Tess (Geena Davis) and son-in-law, John (Tim Robbins), provide her with a so-called Prime, a holographic version of her late husband in his younger years, Walter (Jon Hamm), to help her fragile memory to make a remembrance of things past and help fill in the gaps in her memory.

Movie review: Peppermint

September 25, 2018
WE’VE liked Jennifer Garner since we saw her in the hit action TV show, “Alias”, that ran for several seasons. On the big screen, we enjoyed her performance in “Pearl Harbor” and “Daredevil” which paired her with Ben Affleck who she married, had three children with until they divorced after 10 years.

A horror fantasy flick for kids

September 24, 2018
Set in 1955, this is a family friendly movie that combines humor, fantasy and horror elements. The central character is a 10-year old orphan boy, Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vacarro), who lost his parents in a car crash and is now sent to a town in Michigan to live with his Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black).