Review-Lite: Penguin Bloom (2021)

Naomi Watts in Penguin Bloom There is a peaceful nature to this insulated story of family recovery, the true to life story of the Bloom family and how they move past Sam Bloom (Naomi Watts) paralysis following a fall on a holiday in Thailand with the help of a magpie they dub Penguin. Based on …

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Review-Lite: The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021)

Kathryn Newton and Kyle Allen in The Map of Tiny Perfect Things There is nothing more timeless than the time loop movie. Be it Groundhog Day or Edge of Tomorrow (both name checked here with gleeful abandon) and honestly, considering lately, each day has the tendency to roll into the last one and so on …

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Review: News of The World (2021) – O Captain, My Captain

Helena Zengel and Tom Hanks in News of the World When I envisioned another collaboration between filmmaker Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks after their piracy true story Captain Phillips, a western seemed outside of the realms of possibility with the slow melodic musings of such a genre seeming outside of Greengrass' previous body of work. …

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Review: Malcolm & Marie (2021) – Air Your Grievances

Zendaya and John David Washington in Malcolm & Marie Plenty has been said about Malcolm & Marie and its inception, with director Sam Levinson (Euphoria) bringing together the talents of frequent collaborator Zendaya and BlacKkKlansman lead John David Washington and a crew of 22 people to pull off arguably the first major Covid secure production. …

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Review: Pieces of A Woman (2021) – The Distance Between Us

Vanessa Kirby in Pieces of A Woman Losing a child is an unimaginable hurt, a constantly lingering harm that disconnects the unfortunate parents that suffer that loss from everybody else. It isn't unimaginable that it could happen, more that we cannot perceive the pain as being ever present and debilitating, something for which moving on …

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The Power of Perception in Saint Frances

Ramona Edith Williams and Kelly O'Sullivan in Saint Frances 2020's Indie darling Saint Frances is a film that only comes along once in a while. Prescient of the time its being made and what it wants to convey, Director Alex Thompson's film, working off a script by Kelly O'Sullivan is utterly charming and quiet but …

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