Film Review: ’71 Mar27

Film Review: ’71

’71 Directed by Yann Demange Written by Gregory Burke Starring: Jack O’Connell, Richard Dormer, Sean Harris, Sam Reid ’71 takes place in Belfast at the height of the conflict between two factions of the IRA, the northern Protestants, the northern Catholics, the local constabulary and a squad of British soldiers. And is that enough players for you? There may have been more. Trying throwing them into the dead of night, adding thick accents, having several very confusing riot scenes and a fast-moving plot. Newly arrived in Northern Ireland, a British squad is asked to look for firearms in an especially volatile area. One side...

Film Review: GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANNE AMSALAM Mar20

Film Review: GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANNE AMSALAM

GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANNE AMSALAM Written and Directed by Ronit Elkabetz, and Shlomi Elkabetz Starring: Ronit Elkabetz, Simon Abkarian, Menashe Noy In modern Israel, much to my surprise, a divorce is only granted with the consent of the husband. This film concerns the attempts of Vivianne Amsalem to procure such a settlement before a rabbinical jury. This amounts to a five–year process during which we come to learn her reasons for wanting this divorce and his reasons for refusing it.┬áThe constant pleas before the jury takes a bit of patience on the part of the audience although not nearly so much as poor Vivianne is asked to give....

Film Review:  WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS Mar13

Film Review: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS Directed and Written by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement Starring Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Stu Rutherford, Ben Franshan It’s really too bad that this delightful and clever movie seems to only be getting an art house release because I believe it could attract a wider audience than that. Set in Wellington, AU, it spoofs (or should I say spooks) MTV’s long running series, REAL WORLD, mockumentary-style. But this time the residents are all vampires. The jokes come fast and are mostly clever. This is the gentlest group of vampires you will ever meet. Although they still feed in the...

Film Review: BLACK SEA Feb27

Film Review: BLACK SEA

BLACK SEA Directed by Kevin Macdonald Written by Dennis Kelly Starring: Jude Law This is a tidy little suspense film that might be missed by people who may like it. We were pleasantly surprised at how nicely it filled a February afternoon. Jude Law (in a very good performance) plays a Captain Robinson, a fellow whose been put out to pasture by the salvage company he works for. He and two friends are approached about salvaging treasure from a German U-boat that has been undersea since WW II, full of Russian gold bullion intended to buy off Nazi aggression. Robinson puts together his team and it’s not long before things go awry on the...

Film Review: TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT Feb20

Film Review: TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT

Two Days, One Night Written and Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne Starring Marion Cotillard, Fabrizo Rongione The plot is simple. A woman loses her job when her fellow employees are persuaded they will not get their bonus unless a job is eliminated and she is the suggested sacrificial lamb. Complicating this situation is her recent bout of hospitalization for depression. A friend and co-worker persuades their manager to retake the vote on Monday morning. Cotillard has two days and one night to persuade a majority of workers to vote to lose their bonus in favor of her retention. With her husband hovering nearby, she goes to one house...