Review: The Time of Their Lives takes a contrived road trip from hell

2 out of 4 stars

Title The Time of Their Lives Composed by Roger Goldby Directed by Roger Goldby Starring Joan Collins, Pauline Collins and Franco Nero Classification PG Nation U.K. Language Language Year 2017

This is Thelma amp; Louise for the 70-plus set: the danger is not hick rapists so much as a foreign-language GPS system in a stolen rental car. Dynasty star Joan Collins is Helen Shelley, a Hollywood diva intent on crashing her ex-lover’s funeral. Her partner in crime is Priscilla (Pauline Collins of Shirley Valentine), a mousy wife berated with a husband in a sweater vest. Because of some badly contrived plot, the girls become fast friends and zip off to France. read more

Review: American Assassin is crying out for a Winner kill

0.5 out of 4 stars

Title American Assassin Composed by Stephen Schiff, Michael Finch, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz Directed by Michael Cuesta Starring Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton and Sanaa Lathan Genre Thriller Classification 14A Nation USA Language Language Year 2017

Trauma and grief hit different people in different ways. A number of us, if our fiancée went down in a hail of bullets during a terrorist attack on a tropical shore, would spend the next 18 months in a darkened room yelling and combating nightmares. Others might learn several Middle Eastern languages, memorize the Koran, infiltrate the terrorist cell that murdered her and come so close to carrying out its chief that the CIA would have no choice but to come calling. read more

Review: American Assassin is crying out for a Winner kill

0.5 out of 4 stars

Title American Assassin Composed by Stephen Schiff, Michael Finch, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz Directed by Michael Cuesta Starring Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton and Sanaa Lathan Genre Thriller Classification 14A Nation USA Language Language Year 2017

Trauma and grief hit different people in different ways. A number of us, if our fiancée went down in a hail of bullets during a terrorist attack on a tropical shore, would spend the next 18 months in a darkened room yelling and combating nightmares. Others might learn several Middle Eastern languages, memorize the Koran, infiltrate the terrorist cell that murdered her and come so close to carrying out its chief that the CIA would have no choice but to come calling. read more

Review: Mother!

Is a must-see movie, whatever that means to you

Title Mother! Composed by Darren Aronofsky Directed by Darren Aronofsky Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer Genre Horror Classification 18A Nation USA Language Language Year 2017

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Initially, so we’re told, God created the heavens and the earth. At the beginning of Mother! , Darren Aronofsky generates a paradise on earth. read more

Overview: Director Hallie Meyers-Shyer debuts with Enchanting rom-com Home Again

3 out of 4 stars

Title Home Again Composed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer Directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer Starring Reese Witherspoon, Lake Bell, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen Genre Comedy Classification PG Nation USA Language Language Year 2017

Before we get to that Hallie Meyers-Shyer, manager of Home Again, is next in line to Hollywood’s romantic comedy throne after her mother — queen of ’em all, Nancy Meyers — let us consider her first feature in its own right. It is funny and totally charming enough to justify that, what with Reese Witherspoon in the lead, Lake Bell as her comic foil and Candice Bergen as magnificent as ever. read more

Review: Director Hallie Meyers-Shyer debuts with charming rom-com Home Again


3 out of 4 stars

Title Home Again Written by Hallie Meyers-Shyer Directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer Starring Reese Witherspoon, Lake Bell, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen Genre Comedy Classification PG Country USA Language English Year 2017

Before we get to the fact that Hallie Meyers-Shyer, director of Home Again, is next in line to Hollywood’s romantic comedy throne after her mother – queen of ’em all, Nancy Meyers – let’s consider her first feature in its own right. It’s funny and totally charming enough to warrant that, what with Reese Witherspoon in the lead, Lake Bell as her comic foil and Candice Bergen as glorious as ever. read more

Review: New ‘It’ adaptation delivers nightmarish terror


3 out of 4 stars

Title It Composed by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman Directed by Andy Muschietti Starring Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis and Bill Skarsgard Genre Horror Classification R Nation USA Language Language Year 2017

There are worse things to be fearful of than killer clowns from outer space. As an example, the inevitable forthcoming flood of testimonials and click-bait items complaining that Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It is only riffing on Netflix’s Stranger Things. read more

Review: Tulip Fever, despite its late arrival, is still not quite in season


2.5 out of 4 stars

Title Tulip Fever Composed by Deborah Moggach and Tom Stoppard Directed by Justin Chadwick Starring Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz and Zach Galifianakis Classification 14A Nation USA Language Language

Tulip Fever, a romantic drama set during Amsterdam’s Tulip Mania of the 1630s, and eventually being published Sept. 1, has already become the stuff of Hollywood lore. It was first optioned as a film in 2000 before its writer Deborah Moggach had seen it rise to a bestseller. Then some funding woes in 2004 left the job withering for a decade before 2014. First John Madden was set to direct, then Steven Spielberg wanted it, then Harry Styles was offered the lead, then it was screened at Cannes in 2015, then its launch was pushed four occasions. All that to say, Tulip Fever is a movie a-swirl in what-ifs and what-could-have-beens. The years-long anticipation of its arrival has only heightened the stakes for what is — what perhaps always would have been a benign historical romp through some blossoms. read more

Review: Tulip Fever, despite its late arrival, is still not quite in season


2.5 out of 4 stars

Title Tulip Fever Composed by Deborah Moggach and Tom Stoppard Directed by Justin Chadwick Starring Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz and Zach Galifianakis Classification 14A Nation USA Language Language

Tulip Fever, a romantic drama set during Amsterdam’s Tulip Mania of the 1630s, and eventually being published Sept. 1, has already become the stuff of Hollywood lore. It was first optioned as a film in 2000 before its writer Deborah Moggach had seen it rise to a bestseller. Then some funding woes in 2004 left the job withering for a decade before 2014. First John Madden was set to direct, then Steven Spielberg wanted it, then Harry Styles was offered the lead, then it was screened at Cannes in 2015, then its launch was pushed four occasions. All that to say, Tulip Fever is a movie a-swirl in what-ifs and what-could-have-beens. The years-long anticipation of its arrival has only heightened the stakes for what is — what perhaps always would have been a benign historical romp through some blossoms. read more

Review: Indie comedy The Space Between takes a lighthearted look at Hefty Problems


    Directed by Amy Jo Johnson Composed by Amy Jo Johnson Starring Amy Jo Johnson, Michael Ironside and Jayne Eastwood Classification PG Nation USA Language Language

    The Space Between opens on a quiet country road, with a young girl taking brief, jerky strides on roller skates for her destination: a lone tree in the midst of a farmer’s field. She climbs up, loops a rope round a heavy branch and slips a noose around her neck. read more