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FILM REVIEW: Second Act (2018)

Christmas approaches and with it, a slew of feel-good films. Some good, some bad, some utter catastrophes. Second Act, directed by Peter Segal, falls into the latter category as a film so farcical it’s embarrassing.

Maya (Jennifer Lopez) is incensed after she loses out on a promotion at work that goes to an educated douche. On her birthday she makes a wish that she lived in a world where “street smarts equal book smarts”. And honestly if the film had taken that explicitly magical route, it would have been better for it. Instead, her best friend’s cyber-savvy son overhears, makes her a fake CV and Facebook page, and sends in an application on her behalf to a top finance firm. She has a five minute interview and she’s hired, despite not even appearing to check beforehand what the job was for. Because it’s just that easy you guys. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Second Act (2018)

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FILM REVIEW: Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)

It’s a common complaint that cinema has nothing new to offer these days. And that’s wrong, because if you care to expand your viewing horizons there are plenty of fantastic films out there. Still, there is a lazy kind of cinema that offers reboot after reboot in the quest of the big bucks, and it can be quite tiresome. Many argue that some original films should never be touched again for fear their nostalgia will be thwarted by a less than stellar reimagining with a subpar cast. Sometimes these complaints are just fanboys crying salty man tears – particularly with any reboot that recasts male roles with women. But sometimes the concern is real. Case in point: remaking a Robin Williams film without Robin Williams. And recasting it with The Rock and Kevin Hart. Many groaned at the prospect, this reviewer included. Nevertheless, films are (sometimes) remade for a reason other than money, and sometimes it’s fun to see what 20+ years does to a concept. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)

FILM REVIEW: Wonder (2017)

Based on the novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio, Wonder focuses on Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), a fifth-grader going to school for the first time after being home-schooled by his mother (Julia Roberts). Auggie has Treacher Collins’ syndrome and so, despite numerous surgeries, does not quite look like the other kids. At Beecher Prep he faces the shocked stares of his schoolmates and the bullying antics of some, but of course this is schmaltz 101 so we know he will triumph above it all. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Wonder (2017)

Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Rogue One, A United Kingdom & Rosalie Blum

This week’s Short ‘n’ Sweet includes a big franchise film, a wannabe Oscar contender and a French delight. Continue reading Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Rogue One, A United Kingdom & Rosalie Blum

FILM REVIEW: 10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg, 2016)

J.J. Abrams. So hot right now. What can’t the man do? He made Star Wars good again, made us root for Tom Cruise in the Mission Impossible sequels, and most notably, had us obsess over a hatch and a bunch of random numbers in Lost. Having produced Cloverfield in 2008, he now produces its ‘blood relative’ in 10 Cloverfield Lane. They don’t have a lot in common. But his latest feat is far superior. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: 10 Cloverfield Lane

FILM REVIEW: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (J. J. Abrams, 2015)

There would have been a few wet seats last Thursday after the premiere of J.J. Abram’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Having waited what seems like an eternity for another good Star Wars film, the nerds have finally got their wish. Set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, the gang are back, with some fresh faces added into the mix. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Star Wars: The Force Awakens