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    15.1.2021 · Sharon Fernandes

    “Wonder Woman 1984”

    Extremely disappointing. We had such high expectations but too bad so sad. Enjoyed the scenes with Diana as a child. Draggy it was but the all-girl power thing was great.

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    [email protected]  14.1.2021 age: 26-35   3443 reviews

    12.1.2021 · Ariella Votkas

    “A League of Their Own”

    There isn't much question that A League of Their Own is a popular movie. Anyone looking at the reviews here will see phrases like "great fun" and "feel good" used to describe it.

    There is a lot to like. Seeing the women's professional baseball league come to life is the sort of thing we need more of like other parts of history that have been forgotten. The competitive but loving relationship between Geena Davis as Dottie and Lori Petty as Kit is one of the best sister acts to come out of any Hollywood movie. Their closeness as well as their rivalry is a big part of the soul of A League of Their Own.

    Not many people mention Megan Cavanagh as Marla Hooch and her father played by Eddie Jones. When it looks like Marla is going to get turned down for tryouts, the elder Hooch steps in to take the blame. He pleads with Jon Lovitz, saying that it was his fault for raising Marla like a boy and that his daughter shouldn't have to suffer because he didn't know any better as a father. This is easily the most touching scene in A League of Their Own, but it doesn't get much attention because it's not funny and because someone is actually standing up for the character that is in the movie for laughs.

    Marla is one of the issues with the movie. Most people don't think too hard about why they laugh at a character whose not-so-glamorous looks are emphasized. Jon Lovitz as the baseball scout is appalled when he gets a good look at her. Later, when the players go for makeovers, the only suggestion the consultant can give for Marla is to play "lots of night games".

    Marla being not as attractive as the other girls is a running joke in the movie which reinforces the notion that the men who ran the women's league had the right idea. Ernie, the talent scout played by Jon Lovitz, actually comes out and says to Kit early on that "we want girls who are easy on the eyes". When A League of Their Own focuses on Marla's average looks, it's giving the answer as to why the baseball owners and promoters wanted beauty queens as players. The message is pretty clear: if you're not good-looking, the best you can hope for is to be the object of ridicule.

    The movie gives Marla a love interest, but that feels tacked on as an afterthought. Her beau is less of a character than Bill Pullman is and serves as a contrivance to show how even unattractive people can find love. Giving Marla a happy ending is the consolation she receives for being the butt of the jokes in this movie.

    The sports aspect of A League of Their Own is handled pretty well for the most part. Penny Marshall said she wanted girls who could play baseball to be in the movie and that shows. Geena Davis and Lori Petty look at home on the diamond while Rosie O'Donnell shows some good form when fielding.

    It's too bad that the big ending is loaded with clichés. The biggest star has to leave before the big series only to turn up again at the eleventh hour. The series is a back-and-forth affair which gets drawn out to a full seven games. The main rivalry becomes a factor when everything is on the line.

    The final showdown is unfortunately very predictable for anyone who pays attention to the characters' story arcs. I had to watch this movie over the course of a couple of days because of my schedule, but I was still able to guess how the big game would end. The beginning of the movie sets things up, so if you remember what happened there then you'll see the end coming from a mile away.

    A League of Their Own is one of the very few sports movies from the 20th century that focuses on women. For that, it deserves all the credit in the world. It has some glaring issues, however, that really should be looked at more closely.

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    [email protected]  10.1.2021 age: 36-49   18 reviews

    5.1.2021 · Nathan Condon

    “The Endless”

    Very decent! A little off the beaten path, more in the independent vein than your usual mainstream drivel. I liked it -did not know what to expect going in. I just picked from the sci fi category and the reviews didn't suck (though I did not read any). This film get you thinking about patterns in life which may recur. It has overtones about God and what we allow ourselves to succumb to. The villainous "power" is never revealed but appears evil and possibly alien, however the predicament the protagonists find themselves in is familiar for a variety of reasons. We all long to break free from the usual patterns that sometimes repeat themselves in our lives. I'm reading into this from my own point of view but that in essence is what makes the film good. How often do you get to reflect in any deep away about your own life from watching a movie for entertainment? Some might prefer monsters but what is more frightening perhaps is accepting the rinse & repeat mentality until we die. That is true horror in a way!!

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    1.1.2021 · Angus Anderson


    A movie that would have been better viewed in a theatre but since that is not a possibility in this pandemic it was a disaster movie that I enjoyed. Although predictable and not much new in its plot it did have it's JUMP moments. At one time I would have though this far fetched but in today's world perhaps anything is possible. Great to have the ability to screen movies but nothing can compare sitting in a movie theatre with an audience reacting to what they are watching.

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    [email protected]  1.1.2021 age: 50+   17 reviews

    29.12.2020 · Misbah Mahal

    “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”

    One of the best Harry Potter movies in the series! The acting in the movies has improved and it brings back childhood memories of watching this film. The animation and directing quality is way ahead of its time!

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    [email protected]  11.12.2020 age: 18-25   5 reviews

    22.12.2020 · Peter Boyle

    “Honest Thief”

    The Departed and The Fugitive meet Love Actually. That this movie works is a testament to the chemistry between the two leads and the supporting cast. Begins on the wrong foot yet manages to right itself towards the end. Oskar Schindler Unhinged!

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    [email protected]  8.12.2020 age: 50+   41 reviews

    18.12.2020 · David Baxter


    Found it very boring. If you liked to learn more about the film industry and Herman Mankowitz and Orson Welles you would like it.

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    [email protected]  15.12.2020 age: 50+   955 reviews

    15.12.2020 · CLIFFORD ANDERSON

    “Whatever Works”

    Not Woody's best work. Kind of stupid actually. No, stupid and boring. The story just didn't work, and the ending was horrible.

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    [email protected]  5.12.2020 age: 50+   351 reviews

    11.12.2020 · Anthony Sin

    “Training Day”

    Training Day is one of those films that has a towering performance that elevates the whole movie. In this case, Denzel Washington’s portrayal of Alonzo Harris of the Los Angeles Police is so mesmerizing that many viewers have been deceived into thinking the film is actually worthy of this incredible piece of acting.

    Harris is the type of character that modern audiences like. He’s a man in control, who’s decisive, has no regrets about his actions, and is highly charismatic. He’s morally dubious at best, but audiences have seen their share of anti-heroes such as Dirty Harry and John Rambo who’ve committed crimes and atrocities in the name of putting down people who are worse than they are, so Harris gets an easy pass from viewers, especially since Washington has such an incredible screen presence.

    By contrast, Training Day’s moral centre is the wet-behind-the-ears Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke), a young husband and father to an infant daughter. Hoyt is very much by-the-book with an idealized vision of policing and justice, which makes him considerably less interesting to many people when he’s placed next to the incredibly unpredictable and highly magnetic character that Washington plays. The rookie might be the squeaky clean guy through whose eyes the story plays out, but audiences don’t necessarily connect with him because he’s like the kid at school who would get stuffed into lockers while training officer Harris is the all-star quarterback that all the girls want as their prom date. Viewers have been conditioned to gravitate towards the flashy master and perceive the inexperienced pupil who plays it safe as being dull, automatically giving Hawke and his character the short shrift.

    Washington’s portrayal as Harris carries the film, but it is unfortunately not enough to overcome issues with the writing. Screenwriter David Ayer knows where he wants the story to go, but how he gets there is both inelegant and clunky. For example, he sets up a crucial moment late in the film with an alleyway incident early on. Ayer drops certain clues in the dialogue, and he even has Harris repeat the details so they might leave a bit more of an impression on the audience. What this does, though, is call into question Harris’s plan towards the end of the second act. If he knew the bit of information from the alleyway incident, why would he not change his plan? It can be argued that the film shows him to be not as in control or perhaps not even as smart as he initially appears to be, but it’s just as likely that Harris’s oversight is the result of David Ayer needing to fit pieces together to make his story work but not having the ingenuity necessary for the plot to pay off in a satisfying rather a than clumsy manner.

    Training Day is unfortunately another example of Ayer relying on coincidences and characters behaving in unbelievable ways so the story can get from point A to point B. This appears to be an issue that comes up repeatedly in his writing as End of Watch is another example of these problems. Training Day is still worth seeing for Washington’s standout performance as well as the underappreciated dynamic between Harris and Ethan Hawke’s Hoyt, but audiences should brace themselves as the film crashes and burns once it reaches its paint-by-numbers final third.

    Score: 5/10; Streamed 2020-December-09.

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    [email protected]  9.12.2020 age: 36-49   378 reviews

    8.12.2020 · Steve Gatt

    “The Edge”

    The other longer review is a great synopsis of the story so I will not repeat it here. Suffice to say, this is a very interesting psychological drama, with two excellent leads and some nice on location filming. Leaves you wondering at the end, what would you have done under those circumstances?

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    [email protected]  28.11.2020 age: 50+   79 reviews

    1.12.2020 · Lisa Bourgeault


    Such an intense and unique movie! The main character is in a wheelchair and the actual actress is in one as well and she did a great job in the movie, lots of physically demanding parts! It was intense and kept moving at a good pace, lots of thrills and close calls - overall a fun and suspenseful watch!

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    [email protected]  25.11.2020 age: 26-35   379 reviews

    27.11.2020 · Frederic Hamra

    “La face cachée du Baklava: The Hidden face of the Baklava”

    "La face cachée du backlava" is a comedy about culture clashes even among siblings. Houwayda has cut her Lebanese roots while Joëlle, her sister, is strongly attached to traditions. Overall, a somewhat pleasant movie.

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    24.11.2020 · Dawn Brown

    “The Kid Detective”

    Loved this quirky, small indie film. Tremendous acting from the leads, dry humor mixed with unexpected twists and turns. Highly recommended.

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    [email protected]  15.11.2020 age: 50+   158 reviews

    20.11.2020 · Richard Reeves

    “The Empty Man”

    Wasn't as bad of a movie as everyone is saying. The long opening scene was really good but afterwards it abruptly changes to a whole new kind of story which was confusing at times with so many weird characters & strange plots going on. The score was good, and story was interesting and intriguing but this movie was way too long. It was good right up until the ridiculous ending. Either way I had fun watching this film. It won't be everyone's taste, but was nothing like slenderman or bye bye man. I'd say more of a dramatic thriller than horror.

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    [email protected]  30.10.2020 age: 36-49   55 reviews

    17.11.2020 · Adam Foidart

    “The Owners”

    Towards the end, “The Owners” goes to a place that doesn’t entirely make sense/wasn't set up properly enough to be believable. This would be enough to sink a movie but when your thriller/horror film fills its audience with this level of anxiety and fear, you can overlook a couple of blemishes.

    Longtime friends Nathan (Ian Kenny), Mary (Maisie Williams), and Terry (Andrew Ellis) have concocted a plan to get rich quick and get out of their dead-end town. They’ve recruited Gaz (Jake Curran) to help them break into the Huggins’ home safe. When things go wrong, the elderly Dr. Huggins (Sylvester McCoy) and his wife Ellen (Rita Tushingham) are taken hostage. Things soon spiral out of control.

    “The Owners” works because it sustains intense emotions throughout. There is no reason for you to care about Mary. She barely protests at the idea of robbing the elderly Huggins’. At least she’s more strong-willed than Terry, who constantly second-guesses everything and lets himself be pushed around. You like him a little bit more than Nathan, who makes it increasingly clear that he’s just a thug who's never been pushed far enough to show how awful he could be. The worst of the bunch is easily Gaz, who shows no empathy towards anyone at all. You wonder how the Huggins’ will fare because they're the antagonists. All the group needs is one push and their bonds of loyalty unravel. You want to see the thieves fail. If they all end up killing each other and the Huggins too, so be it. Good on Mr. Huggins for not caving in. His resistance makes you fantasize about what you’d say to make Terry turn on his friends. You’re mad. You’re scared. You want to see what’s coming next.

    Then, the movie changes into something completely different. The biggest threat in the room is no longer Gaz and the Huggins now creep you out. Is it just stubbornness and anger making them uncooperative? Have you caught the interlopers' paranoia? How crazy is this going to get?

    Unfortunately, it gets a little bit too crazy at the end. There are big coincidences and certain revelations make you go "but if they knew this… then why’d they do that? " I was too invested to care. I just needed to know what was next.

    “The Owners” makes you feel a lot of things. As long as those emotions are going wild, you won't think about the technical details too much. It’d be a mistake not to comment on the performances, however. Jake Curran is extremely good as the blaring alarm that says “trouble” in every scene but you’ll forget him once Rita Tushingham gets going. She’s terrifying, partially because you're not sure whether she can ultimately be trusted or not.

    A couple of recent thrillers also did what “The Owners” winds up doing, with a group of bad/“bad” people having a situation turn on them. The story isn't breaking any new grounds. Nonetheless, it’ll have your stomach in knots, wondering what’s coming next. (October 31, 2020)

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    13.11.2020 · P. A. De Vita

    “You Should Have Left”

    Though this film certainly gives every indication of being the same old material that borders on thriller and horror, it turned me on in the first place by this excellent depiction of some unknown New England area offering a very suitable backdrop to what is about to occur. Kevin Bacon returns to the screen in a lead role that sees him eventually go through some tremendous trials and tribulations as his clouded mind is conjuring up all sorts of unhealthy mind sets which descend into hallucinations and worse. Though the plot borders on known material, there is enough substance that prevents this venture from sinking totally.

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    [email protected]  30.10.2020 age: 36-49   10383 reviews

    10.11.2020 · Stephen Krause

    “Let Him Go”

    I was pleasantly surprised at how good this movie was. The storyline kept me interested, as did the beautiful scenery, and the acting was outstanding from the entire cast. And while I'm not a big Costner fan, he does an excellent job in this film (as does Diane Lane as his wife), playing a retired sheriff, who is low key and keeps his emotions close to his chest.

    This is my favorite film of the year so far, but be aware that there are moments of extreme violence in the film. If you are OK with that, you will likely enjoy this film very much.

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    22.9.2020 · Lori Jackson


    Difficult to understand what is going on at first, and sometimes throughout the movie. Special effects are cool, actors are decent.

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