Category Archives: Film

Tomb Raider – Film Review

Like the 2013 video game of the same name, director Roar Uthaug’s new action thriller Tomb Raider ignores everything that happened before and starts from the beginning. It’s a reboot, an origin adventure that, by all accounts, is relatively close to the setup of the popular game. That’s great news for gamers who look for […]

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7 Days in Entebbe – Film Review

It’s possible that your first reaction when hearing there was a new film telling the story of Operation Entebbe was, really? Followed by, why? There were already 3 movies that covered the real-life story of the 1976 counter-terrorist-hostage-rescue operation, so, why another? True, 2 of the previous films weren’t particularly good. Though released theatrically overseas, […]

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Gringo – Film Review

It begins with a frantic, desperate sounding, long distance phone call from hapless Nigerian businessman Harold (David Oyelowo). “I’m somewhere in Mexico with a gun to my head!” he screams down the line. Cut to two days earlier. In director Nash Edgerton’s farcical black comedy, Gringo, Harold, we soon learn, is in a heap of […]

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A Wrinkle in Time – Film Review

Director Ava DuVernay has said that her film, A Wrinkle in Time, is intended to be a love letter to young people, and it’s easy to understand why. Ever since the Madeleine L’Engle science fantasy novel for children was published in 1962, the book has not only won a handful of prestigious literary awards, it’s […]

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Red Sparrow – Film Review

By all accounts, Russia’s Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) is a great ballerina, a jewel in the Bolshoi Ballet crown. In fact, she’s considered such a treasure, the Bolshoi even pays for her apartment, including the wages of a nurse who helps care for Dominika’s frail mother (Joely Richardson). But a horrific on-stage accident changes everything. […]

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Death Wish – Film Review

The first sound you’ll hear is the beginning of an urgent 911 call. Before any details of a mugging or an attack by someone with a gun emerge, another report overlaps the first, then a TV news clip overlaps the call, then a radio report, and so on. One after another, the Chicago media is […]

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