The Refuge – An Impressive Production Effort that Cannot Overcome its Flaws

Examining the credits of this film, Keith Sutliff’s impressive effort becomes apparent as he worked as the writer, director, producer, production designer, art director, and lead actor. Undertaking all of these responsibilities to bring together a vision for this project took incredible dedication, commitment, and patience. Sutliff undoubtedly poured his heart and soul into this […]

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Yesterday – Your Troubles will Truly be Far Away

Director: Danny Boyle Writers: Jack Barth and Richard Curtis Producers: Nick Angel, Lee Brazier, Bernard Bellew, Tim Bevan, Danny Boyle, Richard Curtis, Alexander Dostal, Eric Fellner, Matthew James Wilkinson Starring: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Sophia Di Martino, Ellise Chappell, Meera Syal, Harry Michell, Vincent Franklin, Joel Fry, Kate McKinnon, Ed Sheeran, James Corden, Michael Kiwanuka, […]

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Toy Story 4 – Childlike Existentialism

Director: Josh Cooley Writers: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Josh Cooley, Valerie LaPointe, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Martin Hynes, and Stephany Folsom Producers: Peter Docter, Mark Nielsen, Jonas Rivera, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich   ————————————————————————————————————————————– Toy Story 4 somehow manages to explore the most complex and profound themes at the heart of human existence through the eyes […]

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Disney’s Aladdin (2019) – A Magic Carpet Thrill Ride

Director: Guy Ritchie Writers: John August and Guy Ritchie Producers: Ivan Atkinson, Kevin De La Noy, Jonathan Eirich, Max Keene, Dan Lin, Karl McMillan, Mark Mostyn, and Marc Platt Starring: Mena Massoud, Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban,  and Nasim Pedrad ————————————————————————————————————————————– Despite some narrative bloat, one too many climaxes, and a slightly […]

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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu – Ridiculous Fun Done Right

Director: Rob Letterman Writers: Dan Hernandez, Benji Sait, Rob Letterman, Derek Connolly,  and Nicole Perlman *Based on characters and other Pokémon stories created by Satoshi Tajiri, Ken Sugimori, Junichi Masuda, Atsuko Nishida, Tomokazu Ohara, and Haruka Utsu Producers: Greg Baxter, Cale Boyter, Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr., Tsunekazu Ishihara, Hidenaga Katakami, Cliff Lanning, Don McGowan, Ali […]

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Charlie Says – The Story of the Manson Family Women

Director: Mary Harron Writer: Guinevere Turner *Adapted from Karlene Faith’s book “The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten: Life Beyond the Cult.” Also adapted from Ed Sanders’ book “The Family.” Producers: Paige Barnett, Dana Guerin, Michael Guerin, David Hillary, Matthew Rhodes, Cindi Rice, Jeremy M. Rosen, John Frank Rosenblum, Ed Sanders, and Guinevere Turner —————————————————————————————————————————————- Simply […]

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John Wick Chapter 3 – THIS is how to Make an Action Film

Director: Chad Stahelski Writers: Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, and Marc Abrams Starring: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, and Anjelica Huston ————————————————————————————————————————————— The ultimate “hell yeah” movie. One of the most adrenaline-filled, unrelenting action films I have ever experienced, full of all the absurdity, […]

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Moving Directorial Debut

Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor makes his screenwriting and directorial debut with “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” based on the autobiographical book from William Kamkwamba. Detailing the remarkable story of a young man in an extremely poverty-stricken region of Malawi on the continent of Africa, this narrative follows William (Maxwell Simba) as he overcomes starvation, […]

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