Film Review: Do Revenge

Year: 2022 Runtime: 118 minutes Director: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson Writers: Celeste Ballard, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson Actors: Camila Mendes, Maya Hawke, Austin Abrams, Ava Capri, Rish Shah, Alisha Boe, J.D. By Tom Moore It needs to be acknowledged that writer/director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson is quickly becoming a must-watch force with all the great work she’s been putting out. Not only has she co-written films like “Thor: … Continue reading Film Review: Do Revenge

Film Review: Bubble

Year: 2022 Runtime: 100 Minutes Directors: Tetsuro Araki Writers: Gen Urobuchi, Naoko Sato, Renji Oki Voice Stars: Jun Shison, Riria, Alice Hirose, Mamoru Miyano, Yuki Kaji By Tom Moore The newest film from Wit Studio (“Attack on Titan”) and director Tetsuro Araki (“Death Note”, “Attack on Titan”), “Bubble” (2022), is a flowing fantasy adventure full of visually epic action taking place in a beautifully realized … Continue reading Film Review: Bubble

Klaus Review: Animated April

Wanting to watch something to feel the spirit of Christmas is how I ended up watching “Klaus” (2019) the first time. It ended up being a film that we all loved and deemed eminently re-watchable. This film has all the makings of a new Christmas Classic to be enjoyed by the whole family. It steps away from the traditional tales of how the legend of Santa Claus came to be and creates an entirely new story that still manages to explain the toy-making, the sleigh, the reindeer, the naughty list, the red suit, and, of course, the timeless tradition of Letters to Santa. This film further subverts other Christmas Classics because the central character is not Santa Claus but the new local postman, Jesper (Jason Schwartzman). Continue reading Klaus Review: Animated April

Review: “Bruised”

Year: 2020 Runtime: 129 minutes Director: Halle Berry Writer: Michelle Rosenfarb Actors: Halle Berry, Sheila Atim, Adriane Lenox, Adan Canto, Danny Boyd Jr. By Valerie Kalfrin Halle Berry has often been a fighter. She leaped from TV shows to feature films after she persuaded director Spike Lee that she had the grit to play a crack addict in 1991’s “Jungle Fever.” As an executive producer … Continue reading Review: “Bruised”

Film Review: Fever Dream

Year: 2021 Runtime: 93 minutes Director: Claudia Llosa Writer: Claudia Llosa (screenplay), Samanta Schweblin (based on the novel by) Actors: Maria Valverde, Guillermina Sorribes Liotta, Dolores Fonzi, Emilio Vodanovich By Tom Moore The latest film from writer/director Claudia Llosa, an adaptation of Samanta Schweblin’s 2014 novel “Fever Dream”, is an impactful story of motherhood and environmental disaster that lives up to its name. “Fever Dream” … Continue reading Film Review: Fever Dream

Vampires vs. the Bronx: A biting, socially conscious horror comedy

By Tom Moore Netflix is full of horror gems that generally get lost within its vast, ever-growing library of content. There’s honestly so many movies that go unseen, we could probably cover a movie each day and have a couple months’ worth of content. There was one film last year though that most horror fans and Netflix users shouldn’t have slept on – “Vampires Vs. … Continue reading Vampires vs. the Bronx: A biting, socially conscious horror comedy

Passing: NYFF 2021 Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 98 minutes Director: Rebecca Hall Writers: Rebecca Hall, Nella Larsen (novella) Actors: Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, Andre Holland, Alexander Skrasgard, Bill Camp By Tom Moore Rebecca Hall’s feature directorial debut touches on a unique story on “racial passing” through excellent performances and depictions that burrow into your mind with “Passing” (2021). “Passing”, which is based on the 1929 novel of the same … Continue reading Passing: NYFF 2021 Review

TIFF 2021 Review: The Guilty

Year: 2021 Runtime: 90 Minutes Director: Antoine Fuqua Writer(s): Nic Pizzolatto (screenplay), Gustav Moller (based on original by), Emil Nygaard Albertsen (based on original by) Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Riley Keough, Eli Goree, Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard Antoine Fuqua is quickly becoming a writer/director that needs no introduction with the high-level thrills he delivers with films like “Training Day,” “Southpaw”, and both “Equalizer” films, but his … Continue reading TIFF 2021 Review: The Guilty

Sundance Review: “Passing”

Based on the 1929 novella of the same name, “Passing” (2021) is a look at racial identity, gender, sexuality, and class. The film follows childhood friends Irene (Tessa Thompson) and Clare (Ruth Negga) who reconnect later in life. Irene lives her life as a Black woman and passes as white from time to time for convenience. Clare, however, has chosen live life as a white woman, likely continuing to do so due to her husband John’s (Alexander Skarsgård) racist viewpoint. Hence, the title “Passing.” Continue reading Sundance Review: “Passing”

Pieces of a Woman

Review: Pieces of a Woman

Runtime: 126 minutes Year: 2020Director: Kornél MundruczóWriter: Kata WéberStars: Vanessa Kirby, Molly Parker, Sarah Snook, Iliza Shlesinger, Benny Safdie, and Ellen Burstyn By Morgan Roberts When Martha’s (Vanessa Kirby) home birth ends tragically, she must begin a year-long journey of mourning the loss of not only her child, but the relationships fractured by this catastrophe. “Pieces of a Woman” (2020) is a harrowing film, one … Continue reading Review: Pieces of a Woman