Trailer Spotlight – Harrison Ford is back in Indiana Jones 5: Dial of Destiny (2023)

Woo wee!! Color me surprised, pleasantly surprised that is. To be honest, I was mostly meh about the latest Indiana Jones installment, mostly because The Kingdom of Crystal Skull is such an abomination (see this list of unnecessary blockbuster sequels). I also think at 80 years old, Harrison Ford is practically a relic himself!  But …

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Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (2022) – a dark, twisted, and mesmerizing modern classic

I have to admit that I could barely remember if I’ve seen any adaptation of Pinocchio. It’s odd I know, considering how many incarnations there are, whether animated or live-action. There are varied interpretations of this classic fable based on the children’s novel by Italian writer Carlo Collodi, but what’s consistent is that he’s constructed …

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The Fabelmans (2022) review – Spielberg’s earnest origin story isn’t quite magical but still enjoyable for fans of his work

Spielberg’s films are often told from the point of view of children or feature kids prominently. So it’s no surprise that his semi-autobiography loosely based on his childhood is told through a fictional boy Sam ‘Sammy’ Fabelman during his formative years. Even the most casual moviegoers who don’t pay much attention to the film industry …

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Good Night Oppy Review – a heartfelt and uplifting doc about a robotic explorer

If Oppy were a human being, one would likely say 'what an overachiever!' So Oppy is an affectionate nickname for Opportunity, the Mars Exploration Rover built by NASA scientists. Oppy was originally expected to live for only 90 days but she ended up exploring Mars for nearly 15 years. When I first saw the poster, …

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Rental Pick: Don’t Make Me Go (2022)

I’m always intrigued by father/daughter relationship stories as I grew up without a dad. This one is especially interesting as it stars John Cho in a rare but welcomed leading role as a single dad named Max who learns he has a fatal brain tumor. Despite the downbeat premise though, this road-trip drama written by …

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SHE SAID (2022) Review – a riveting journalism drama that’s handled with care and sensitivity

It’s quite uncanny watching this journalism biopic as the man at the center of the story is still very much in the news – Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial is currently taking place in LA and will go on for weeks. She Said is one of the buzziest and likely the most-attended studio films at Twin …

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The Banshees of Inisherin (2022) Review – an amusingly bleak tale of a harrowing break-up

Everything was fine yesterday… such simple words, but yet it packs a punch when it's uttered from one friend to another. It sounds funny when I first heard it, but when I think more about it, it's quite poignant, distressing even. And that's how Martin McDonagh's The Banshees of Inisherin operates from start to finish. Set …

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