‘Beckett’ Review- Just Kind Of Ends

‘Beckett‘ is a Netflix thriller film directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino. It had its first showing at the 2021 74th Locarno Film Festival before its release. Beckett (John David Washington) and his girlfriend April Hanson (Alicia Vikander) are vacationing in Europe when they stop in Greece. They had originally planned to stay in Athens, but…

‘Annette’ Review- Unpleasant and Pretentious

‘Annette‘ is a musical drama directed by Leos Carax in his first English language feature film. It made its premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. Provocative stand-up comedian Henry McHenry (Adam Driver) and celebrated opera singer Ann Desfranoux (Marion Cotillard) have a whirlwind romance leading to an odd couple situation and marriage. They soon…

‘Outside The Wire’ Review- A Not So Futuristic Robot War

Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström takes the director’s chair of ‘Outside The Wire,’ a science fiction war drama that made its premiere on the Netflix streaming service. In 2036, Eastern Europe is destabilized once again prompting a civil war in which both the Russians and the Americans have an interest, both sides using robots called Gumps.…

‘Tenet’ Review- I Wish I Had Seen It In Theaters

Christopher Nolan brings us an ambitious film in ‘Tenet,’ which he directs, produces, and writes. It was made by Syncopy and Warner Bros. Pictures. Its theatrical release had been delayed three times before finally coming to cinemas in 2020, albeit briefly. A CIA Agent (John David Washington) aka the Protagonist is tasked by his boss…

‘The Postcard Killings’ Review- Weird Twists

Danis Tanovic directs ‘The Postcard Killings,’ a psychological thriller that was based on the novel of the same name by author James Patterson and Liza Marklund. There are some minor spoilers, but I avoid any big ones. NYPD detective Jacob (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his ex-wife Valerie Kanon (Famke Janssen) loses their daughter and son-in-law…

#AmReading- True Believer By Jack Carr

“True Believer” is the fictional sequel in the James Reece novel series by author Jack Carr. He continues the adventures right where he left off and the action does not let up. From the official website: When a bomb goes off during a holiday fair in London, the body count is horrific and the nation’s…

‘The Decline’ Review- Declining To Keep My Interest

Directed by Patrice Laliberté, this French-Canadian thriller ‘The Decline‘ is made by Couronne Nord and distributed through Netflix. It had its premiere at the Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma film festival under its original title ‘Jusqu’au déclin.’ There are some minor spoilers in this review. Antoine (Guillaume Laurin) is a wannabe survivalist living in rural Quebec. He…

‘The Death Of Stalin’ Review- A Satire Of Tyranny

Directed by Armando Iannucci, ‘The Death Of Stalin’ is a British dark comedy that satirizes the chaos that ensued following the death of Soviet Union despot Joseph Stalin. After receiving a harsh note from pianist Maria Yudina (Olga Kurylenko), Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin) reads it and has a cerebral hemorrhage and dies.…

‘The King’ Review- Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Crown

The King is a partial adaption of William Shakespeare’s “Henriad” (a collection of plays regarding Henry IV and Henry V) directed by David Michôd who co-wrote it with Joel Edgerton. In England, Prince “Hal” Henry (Timothée Chalamet) is told by his father, the warmongering King Henry IV (Ben Mendelsohn) that his younger brother Thomas (Dean-Charles…

Movie Review Flashback- Operation Finale

Rogue One co-writer Chris Weitz directed a movie about one of the most shocking events in history in 2018’s Operation Finale. The movie tells the story of the capture of one of the notorious Nazi escapees who was captured by Mossad in a daring mission in South America. In 1960s Buenos Aires, Argentina Sylvia Hermann…

‘Murder Mystery’ Review- A Few Chuckles, But No Laughs

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston team-up for Murder Mystery, directed by Kyle Newacheck and written by James Vanderbilt. Sandler has a skill for producing low brow comedies that are either massive hits or dubs. New York policeman Nick Spitz (Adam Sandler) lies to his wife, hairdresser and mystery novel obsessed Audrey (Jennifer Aniston) about passing…