The Two Reviews: If Beale Street Could Talk and Alita: Battle Angel

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018, Annapurna Pictures) Directed by Barry Jenkins. Featuring KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo and Diego Luna. If Beale Street Cold Talk, based on the novel of the same name by James Baldwin, is a romantic drama set within a backdrop of early 1970s racial relations in New … Continue reading The Two Reviews: If Beale Street Could Talk and Alita: Battle Angel

The Two Reviews: The Children Act and Vice

The Children Act (2018, FilmNation Entertainment and BBC Films) Directed by Richard Eyre. Featuring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead and Ben Chaplin. Based on a novel by Ian McEwan. This English-set drama follows the traumatic life choices surrounding religious objections to blood transfusions by Jehovah Witnesses. Seventeen year-old Adam (Whitehead) is dying and only … Continue reading The Two Reviews: The Children Act and Vice

The Two Reviews: Night Shift (Ночная Смена) and Peppermint

Night Shift (Ночная Смена) (2018, Russia) Directed by Marius Vaisberg. Featuring Vladimir Yaglych, Pavel Derevyanko, Kseniya Teplova, Natalya Bardo and Anna Mikhaylovskaya. Night Shift (or pronounced Nochnaya Smena in Russian) is a slap-stick comedy set in St. Petersburg, Russia. The multiple script writers appear to have taken the basic premise (and a few particular scenes) … Continue reading The Two Reviews: Night Shift (Ночная Смена) and Peppermint

The One Review: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018, Warner Bros. Pictures and Heyday Films) Directed by David Yates. Written by J.K. Rowling. Featuring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Don Fogler, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Jude Law and Johnny Depp. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second in an expected series of five films set in … Continue reading The One Review: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

The One Review: Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018, 20th Century Fox and New Regency) Directed by Bryan Singer (completed by Dexter Fletcher). Featuring Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello and Mike Myers. Bohemian Rhapsody is a very credible biopic of Freddie Mercury and the rock band Queen - from simple beginnings to global popularity. I don’t … Continue reading The One Review: Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

The Two Reviews: C’est La Vie and The Breaker Upperers

C’est La Vie (2017, France) Directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. Featuring: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jean-Paul Rouve, Gilles Lelouche, Eye Haidara, Benjamin Lavernhe and Hélène Vincent. This light French comedy (with subtitles) is set in a single day as it follows the preparations and mayhem of a troubled wedding celebration at a grand Chateau. Writer-directors … Continue reading The Two Reviews: C’est La Vie and The Breaker Upperers