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Film Review-Movie Review-The greatest Showman
“The Greatest Showman“ is unequivocally the feel-good, heart-opening movie of the year. I rushed into the theatre at the last minute and was surprised to find it packed on a Friday night so many weeks after the movie originally opened, even for a film that has been nominated and won a number of awards this season. But, just like its characters, this is not a film to be underestimated. And just like the original version, its attraction is part of the magic and mystery. Set in New York in theRead More
From man of the house to kid on the streets, “Saturday Church” shines the spotlight on the challenges a young teenager faces to discover who he is and where he belongs. Luka Kain beautifully plays the protagonist Ulysses, whom we first meet at the funeral of his father. We are then quickly introduced to the rest of the remaining family members. Ulysses’s mother Amara (Margot Bingham), Aunt Rose (Regina Taylor), and little brother Abe (Jaylin Fletcher) are all coping with the loss of the family patriarch in different ways. AmaraRead More
Ferdinand the bull-Ferdinand movie poster
After a few months of more serious movie-going fare, I thought it would be enjoyable to try something on a more lighthearted note. To add to the fun, I brought along my five-year old son and one of his friends for their candid reviews to add to my perspective on the new movie about Ferdinand the bull.  This animated offering is inspired by the 1936 children’s classic (and possible political statement) by Munro Leaf. The plot was simple enough and stayed mostly true to the source material. Ferdinand the bullRead More
Wonder film poster
After a couple of months exploring some movies on the fringes of the mainstream, I headed back to the local mega-screen cineplex for some family-friendly fare to kick off the holiday season. With Wonder, I feel like I won the jackpot. In it, we meet Auggie, who was born with Treacher-Collins syndrome which presents as deformities of the ears, eyes, cheekbones, and chin. Auggie has had over 20 surgeries in his young life to overcome this disadvantage. Expertly played by young Jacob Tremblay (who, beneath the prosthetic makeup, you mayRead More
I had the good fortune of seeing Human Flow this month courtesy of our local film festival. The theatre was packed on a nondescript Wednesday night and the film did not disappoint. In it, filmmaker and artist Ai Weiwei paints a very dramatic and very human picture of the insane scale of the current refugee crisis. Despite the fact that stories of refugees regularly appear in my news feed, I had no idea of the true magnitude of the crisis. Over 65 million people around the world have been forcedRead More
The ridiculous amount of cold and wind and rain that suddenly arrived on my Edmonton doorstep this fall inspired me to peruse the latest releases on Netflix instead of taking a trip to the theatre. And so, this month, I watched First They Killed My Father. The movie is based on the memoir by Loung Ung and her experience as a child during the Cambodian genocide under the rule of Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Directed by Hollywood megastar Angelina Jolie, herself an adoptive mother of a Cambodian child, oneRead More
Just when you thought you couldn’t handle another romantic comedy, along comes The Big Sick to prove you wrong and redeem your faith in this worn-out genre. The film is based on a real-life story of comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon (who, coincidentally, wrote the script together). Pakistan-born comedian and uber driver Kumail (played by himself) and grad student Emily (played by Zoe Kazan) navigate the modern-day challenges of dating in ways that are both heartwarming and hilarious. They form a romantic attachment after she “woo-hoo”sRead More
Maudie is equal parts frustrating and lovely. Its characters are simple, but complex. My heart was rooting for the two protagonists to “live happily ever after”, and yet I’m not sure I can say whether or not they actually did. Based on actual events, this movie focuses on the bleak love story of famous Canadian artist Maud Lewis, and her unlikely rise to folk art fame. It opens with Maud (Maudie), played by Academy Award nominee Sally Hawkins, sitting forlornly on the porch swing of a stately house. She hasRead More
I’ll be honest: I did not expect to like Wonder Woman. I’m not typically a big fan of superhero movies. I’ve actually never read a Wonder Woman comic or seen the 1980s Lynda Carter series on TV. I’m not necessarily the target audience for summer blockbusters. But oh, let me count the ways I loved this movie! Gal Gadot’s portrayal of Diana’s strength and innocence, fearlessness and faith was pure bliss. I also now know what all the fuss is about regarding Chris Pine. Not only is he Mr. McDreamyRead More
Gifted is a heartwarming, if somewhat formulaic movie, that follows the story of a spirited young math prodigy Mary (McKenna Grace) and her hunky slacker uncle turned-father-figure Frank (Chris Evans). Frank stepped in as Mary’s guardian when his sister, Mary’s mom, committed suicide. They were eking out their somewhat unconventional life in a beachside town and happily living under the radar, until Frank decides it is time for Mary to start school. It is at school where her precociousness is noticed by the school administration and trouble soon follows. TheRead More