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New film: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Directed by David Leitch It’s probably best not to wonder how one movie franchise presents another, but it’s not a film you should think that hard about anyway. That said, “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” (henceforth “F&FP:H&S”)...

Production still image of young simba from the 2019 re-make of "The Lion King"
Film Review

New films: The Lion King, Marianne & Leonard, Stuber

The Lion KingDirected by Jon Favreau Twenty five years after the much-loved, more traditionally animated version of “The Lion King,” this new film is the latest Disney project to re-make classic content in a more photo-realistic (or in some cases live action) style. And taken purely as a visual...

Clear Shot
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Nick Leisure is Taking ‘A Clear Shot’ From Sacramento to Hollywood

On the fateful day four gunmen took forty-one Sacramentans hostage at a Good Guys electronics store in 1991, filmmaker Nick Leisure was but a teenager captivated by the live event transmitting just a block away from his local hangout. Inspired by the critical events, Leisure will present his latest...

Tom Holland as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Far From Home
Film Review

New film: Spider-Man: Far from Home

Spider-Man: Far from HomeDirected by Jon Watts Although many seem to have viewed the still very recent “Avengers: Endgame” as the last installment  in an era of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films, if direct statements to the contrary from the producers weren’t enough, then the actual last...

Himesh Patel as Jack in "Yesterday"
Film Review

New film: Yesterday

YesterdayDirected by Danny Boyle The central conceit of “”Yesterday” is both simple and wonderful as the starting point for a film. What if somebody found themselves in an alternate reality in which nobody had ever heard of The Beatles but that person could remember their songs and became famous...

Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling in a production still from Late Night
Film Review

New Films: Late Night, Shaft, Men in Black: International

Late NightDirected by Nisha Ganatra and Written by Mindy Kaling The most interesting and appealing of the new films this week is “Late Night” starring Emma Thompson as long time talk show host Katherine Newberry who’s lost her edge and her ratings, but not her “Devil Wears Prada” style of...

New film: Rocketman
Film Review

New film: Rocketman

RocketmanDirected by Dexter Fletcher “Rocketman” is the film that “Bohemian Rhapsody” wasn’t, despite the great acclaim it received. Where ”Bohemian Rhapsody” was an enjoyable, sanitized, and entirely conventional biopic about the life and career of Freddie Mercury, “Rocketman” is, by comparison...

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
Film Review

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Directed by Chad Stahelski In 2014, “John Wick” burst onto the scene as one of those seemingly quite simple ideas, in which somebody wrongs the wrong somebody. In this case an ex-hitman who values his car and dog more than most people. But there was more going on...

Avengers: Endgame
Film Review

Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame Directed by Anthony Russo & Joe Russo It’s a testament to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that even with some significant flaws, watching the 22nd film in the current series is still a pretty great experience. The movie starts where “Avengers: Infinity War” left off, with the...

New Films: Shazam! and Dumbo
Film Review

New Films: Shazam! and Dumbo

Shazam!Directed by David F. Sandberg Watching and reviewing “Shazam!” is an odd exercise in what seem like backhanded compliments as it’s a story and set of characters that exist in DC Comics but, as a film at least, it feels more like a Marvel production. And for material like this, that’s a good...

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