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La Traviata, My Brothers and I – Film Review | Cannes

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My Brothers and I beautifully explores the intricacies of what it means to be a family, growing up too soon, and learning to find yourself despite what others have planned for you. Director and screenplay writer Yohan Manca crafts a rich tale of the young Nour (Maël Rouin Berrandou), youngest of four brothers, and his exploration into what it means to be a man while living in the shadows of his brothers. From the setting, Southern France, to the performances, Manca manages to portray the lives these men are living with a gritty realism that you just can’t help root for them.

At the heart of this story is undoubtedly the four brothers. Nour, tasked with taking care of their comatose mother at the age of fourteen, is at the point in his life where he feels he must be able to support his family instead of being…

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Bloody Oranges – Film Review | Cannes 2021

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The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.” ―Antonio Gramsci

Alex (Alexandre Steiger) is a lawyer looking to make his way up in the world when he starts working with the corrupt Financial Secretary of France, Stéphane (Christophe Paou), who is trying to change his image. Meanwhile, Alex’s elderly parents are thousands of euros in debt and enter a dance contest hoping to take home the top prize. It won’t erase their debt, but it’ll get them one step closer. We also get to meet Louise (Lilith Grasmug), a 16-year-old girl who is ready to lose her virginity, after getting an interesting tutorial from her doctor.

Over the course of a few days all of these people will cross paths at one point or another. Alex will eventually do something…

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Free Guy – Film Review

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Free Guy is the story of your “average joe” bank teller, Guy (Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool) discovering that his role in life is not as clear-cut as he thought. He is actually a non-playable character (NPC) in a video game and his whole world is about to change when he meets “MolotovGirl” aka Millie (Jodie Comer, Killing Eve). It just so happens this bank teller is more than just extremely good looking and charming, he’s the good guy about to save his world from Antwan (Taika Waititi, JoJo Rabbit), the manically villainous head honcho of the games’ development company.

The film was set to be released in July 2020 but due to COVID-19 continued to be pushed back until its release 12 August 2021. Going into this film I had low expectations given the trailers made it seem like a new adaptation…

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The Boy Behind the Door – Film Review | Shudder

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Earlier this year I saw ‘The Djinn’ by directorial duo David Charbonier and Justin Powell. It was an effective and creepy horror tale (on the cheap) about a mute boy that ends up getting more than he bargained for, when he makes a wish he can’t take back. While it was definitely worth seeing, it didn’t quite hit home for me. But it did make me interested in looking up what the writer-director duo would be up to next. Or in this case; what they did before. ‘The Boy Behind the Door‘ was their debut, but is only released now as a Shudder original.

Twelve year old Bobby (Lonnie Chavis) and his friend Kevin (Ezra Dewey from ‘The Djinn’) are inseparable. Their carefree life is about to turn into a hellish nightmare when both of them are abducted and taken to a…

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Review – The Tomorrow War

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I’m not gonna lie, I was ready to hate on this like there was no tomorrow. Chris Pratt has been “problematic” lately, so why would I waste my time watching him fight aliens for over two hours.

Dan Forester (Pratt), a happily married veteran, is ready to celebrate Christmas with the entire neighbourhood when the World Cup (which in fact will take place in 2022 during winter in the Middle-East) gets disrupted by a cosmic explosion in the middle of the stadium. A group of soldiers have come from the future to warn the entire world of an impending doom that’ll erase all of human life. We jump a year into the future and a worldwide draft has been put in place. All people over 40 will have to join the forces at some point, to time jump into the future and fight a ruthless alien race (called white spikes)…

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Review – Externo

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This is just a movie.

Joseph (Leandro Taub) is a mysterious man with $2,000 and a dream: to rule the world. He sets out to accomplish this with blackmail, espionage and ingenuity. Through his global network he sets out to manipulate the news and tip the scales of public opinions into his favor and wet his beak with a kickback. In-between Joseph’s many phone calls and news reports, he is seen in dark space as he builds a ladder that will carry him to the top while a disembodied voice gives a TEDTalk about everything he’s avoiding in his conquest to become the most powerful man in the world.

Naturally, all of this comes at the price of a personal life. An equally mysterious woman (Elisabeth Ehrlich) is taken to meet with him at various points to listen to his plan and argue whether or not…

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Review – Mare of Easttown

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Welcome to Easttown, Pennsylvania. A dreary excuse for a town and the epicenter of the world’s misery and heartache, if this limited series is to be believed.

Detective Mare Sheehan (Kate Winslet) hasn’t had the best life. She’s divorced, lives with her bickering mother and teenage daughter, and is trying to raise her grandson after the tragic death of her own boy. On top of that she’s being targeted for not being able to solve the disappearance of a teenage girl a year prior. Things aren’t particularly looking up for Mare and they’re about to go south even further when another young girl turns up murdered.

While ‘Mare of Easttown’ is definitely an ensemble piece, how could it not be with such an extensive and excellent cast, this is beyond a doubt “the big Kate Winslet show”. She is flanked by greats such as Jean Smart

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Review – Percy Vs. Goliath

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At the onset of the new millennium, Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser (Christopher Walken) finds himself thrust into a seemingly unwinnable legal battle with the agricultural mega-corp, Monsanto. Based on the Monsanto Canada Inc v Schmeiser court case, Percy Vs. Goliath recounts the events Schmeiser and his family took to stand up for farmers across the globe.

As this film is told from the perspective of the Schmeiser family, naturally you can expect to root for the underdog throughout the entirety of the run time. Walken’s Percy, as naive as he may be, gives a strong, nuanced performance that encapsulates the sheer weight standing up for livelihood has. In contrast to Percy’s closed personality, Roberta Maxwell’s Louise Schmeiser provides the emotional core that is needed to fully relate with the couple. With every choice Percy makes, Louise explores how it affects their lives. While the story revolves around the…

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Review – Werewolves Within

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Movies based on video games don’t have a good reputation. But maybe, Hollywood has been focusing on the wrong kind of games. Or the wrong type of filmmakers. Werewolves Within has some serious bite and weirdly works as it’s based on Ubisoft’s virtual reality game. Is this the one to break the video-game-turns-movie-curse? Quoting Mr. Rogers in the opening slide of your movie is a genius thing to start with.

Soon after newly arrived forest ranger Finn (Sam RichardsonPromising Young Woman) meets Beaverfield’s small town citizens, a snowstorm traps him and this weird group of residents inside the local inn. A proposed gas pipeline has been the cause of divisive opinions, but it’s actually a mysterious creature that’s been terrorising the community that’s suddenly on everyone’s mind. Together with postal worker Cecily (Milana VayntrubThis Is Us), Finn will uncover the truth behind…

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Review – A Quiet Place Part ll

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There is no denying that the anticipation for A Quiet Place Part ll was incredibly high. The movie was slated to release in April 2020 but due to COVID, the release was inevitably put on hold (naturally). Is A Quiet Place Part ll (which I’ll refer to as AQP2 from now on) worth the trip back to the theaters or should you wait until it becomes available to stream for free (with a subscription) on Paramount +? The short answer — see it in theaters if you can.

The film picks up directly where the first left off. The Abbott’s, recovering from the events of the first film, gather what little supplies they can carry and venture off of the farm in hopes to find other survivors. They find what they are looking for in Emmett (Cillian Murphey), a lone survivor in the mountains who doesn’t take lightly…

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