Not All Germans: Our Review of ‘Alone in Berlin’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ May 21, 2017
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Not All Germans: Our Review of ‘Alone in Berlin’

A German couple decides to partake in little acts of civil disobedience in Nazi Germany in Alone in Berlin. Vincent Perez directed and co-wrote this movie. He and his co-writer Achim von Boorhees adapted from Hans Fallanda’s Every Man Dies Alone. Fallanda’s book, in turn, is a fictionalization of the antifascist resistance of Otto and Elise Hempel. We can Google what happens to them. Or we can see for ourselves how long their campaign goes on before the police catches them. And how Germany changes during that time. The novel and film makes changes the Hempels’ story, like their names. Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson now play Otto and …

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Adequate Movement: Our Review of ‘Alien: Covenant’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ May 19, 2017
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Adequate Movement: Our Review of ‘Alien: Covenant’

When the right movie comes along, it’s kind of fun to watch the nerd community get themselves in a lather with debate and hyperbole.

While Alien: Covenant isn’t without some problems it does effectively put a bow on a lot of the events of Prometheus and it plays just fine as a solid sci-fi action yarn that is a hell of a lot of fun if you see it as big and as loud as humanly possible.

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an …

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No Real Solutions: Our Review of ‘Vancouver: No Fixed Address’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ May 19, 2017
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No Real Solutions: Our Review of ‘Vancouver: No Fixed Address’

Told in six parts, Charles Wilkinson’s documentary Vancouver: No Fixed Address discusses the ‘housing‘crisis’ in said city.

Interviews with David Suzuki, George Robertson (Vancouver Mayor), regular Vancouverites, economists, and new residents from China paint a picture of the beauty of the city — what attracts people to move here. Vancouver offers a spectacular view, if you can afford it. Real estate prices have risen so much, people have been forced to sell their longtime homes and move out of the city. The ‘new normal’ includes people living in their cars, on the street, and in commune-like houses.

There are many reasons why …

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Dull And Uninspired: Our Review Of ‘Tommy’s Honour’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ May 19, 2017
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Dull And Uninspired: Our Review Of ‘Tommy’s Honour’

Tommy’s Honour is a sports movie/biopic by director Jason Connery. The film follows two of modern golf’s forefathers, 19th-century father and son, Tom and Tommy Morris. Despite their low social standing, they defeated upper-class competition, changed the game of golf, and became legends. The Morris family’s story sounds like golf’s version of Hoosiers but the film’s premise is more appealing than its execution. Connery hits many standard biopic beats but fails to breathe vitality into this dull film.

Tommy’s Honour tells the true story of “Old” Tom Morris (Peter Mullan) and “Young” Tommy Morris (Jack Lowden), a father and son duo …

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Dull Indulgences: Our Review of ‘The Commune’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ May 19, 2017
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Dull Indulgences: Our Review of ‘The Commune’

Try as they might, even the best of story tellers don’t hit it out of the park every single time.

In a decidedly lighter effort (at least by Danish standards) The Commune tries to give us a sentimental social statement about the need for group living and the disassociation of modern society (or even the ridiculous costs of real estate in many urban centers) but it ends up as a very underdeveloped affair that is only saved by one genuine standout performance.

Erik and Anna (Ulrich Thomsen and Trine Dyrholm) are a professional couple with a dream. Along with their daughter Freja, …

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Underwhelmingly Tired: Our Review of ‘Everything, Everything’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ May 19, 2017
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Underwhelmingly Tired: Our Review of ‘Everything, Everything’

Everything, Everything‘s heroine is Maddy Whittier, and she has SCID. That leaves her with a weakened immunity, carefully explained in an animated segment. They usually have don’t have those in adaptations of young adult novels, so that short segment was jarring. I looked up the disease on Wikipedia and it said the word ‘T-cells’. I know what those are.

Anyway, one of the things that the disease requires her to do is to only interact with three people. And they aren’t always going to be around.

This means that the only thing holding this film together is the actress playing Maddy, Amandla Stenberg. Her narration helps …

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Quiet Solitude: Our Review of ‘Certain Women’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ May 19, 2017
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Quiet Solitude: Our Review of ‘Certain Women’

Certain Women seldom talks but sure says a lot. Not only in the stories of three women living in Montana, but the way in which their stories unfold – and how the filmmaker chooses to resolve them. Long drives in the middle of the night, a morning jog, patiently waiting alone in a room  – there are a myriad of these contemplative, seemingly serene moments in Kelly Reichardt’s powerful drama.

This quiet, at times uncomfortable drama moves in and out of the lives of a trio of different women navigating professional and personal difficulties out in the American west.

In one act, …

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Jumping Into The Xander Zone For A Few Minutes With Director D.J. Caruso as we talk a little ‘xXx’

Blu-Ray/DVD, Interviews, Movies ‐ May 17, 2017
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It can be a little interesting getting into the trenches with a veteran and experience director.

In advance of the release of xXx: Return of Xander Cage on DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital Download and On Demand I got the unique pleasure to sit down with veteran director D.J. Caruso.  We talked about the challenges of jumping into a franchise, the dynamic that Asian stars like Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa brought to the table, shooting as practically as possible and so much more…

Dave Voigt: When you are coming into a cinematic universe that has at least to some extent been predetermined does …

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A Conclusion Comes Home: Our Review of ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ on Blu-Ray

Blu-Ray/DVD, Movies ‐ May 17, 2017
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A Conclusion Comes Home: Our Review of ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ on Blu-Ray

In this day and age, whenever you say that something is ‘final’; it’s important to be able to take it all with a grain of salt.  While Resident Evil: The Final Chapter does give a satisfying emotional close to the adventures of Alice against the zombie horde and the Umbrella corporation, you can’t help but feel that there may just be a prologue to this final chapter after all.

Jumping back into it almost immediately after the events of Resident Evil: Retribution; Alice (Milla Jovovich) is once again the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand …

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Rising Above: Our Review of ‘Urban Hymn’

Movies, VOD/iTunes/DigitalDownload ‐ May 17, 2017
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Rising Above: Our Review of ‘Urban Hymn’

Sometimes you just have to rise above the material as Urban Hymn is an enjoyable but predictable film that succeeds quite often in spite of itself.

A girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Jamie Harrison (strongly acted by Letitia Wright, whose Hollywood star is most definitely on the rise with upcoming roles in Marvel’s Black Panther and Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One) has the cards stacked against her.  Her mother has passed away due to a heroin overdose and the rest of her childhood is spent in a council home where love and empathy aren’t welcome, while anger and …

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