Film Category

Nick Hornby book, realistic romantic comedy, love triangle
Amy Kellestine Reviews “Juliet, Naked” Don’t be misled by the title of “Juliet, Naked”. There are no characters named Juliet and no nudity. Rather, the movie’s title is that of a new music single that serves as an unexpected plot point in a delightful romantic comedy. Based on the 2009 novel by Nick Hornby, who also brought us “High Fidelity” and “About a Boy”, the movie showcases an unlikely love triangle. It also offers thoughtful commentary on how we relate to pop culture icons, and how it’s never too lateRead More
Marc Forster movie, children's story, fantasy film, Ewan McGregor film, tigger, piglet
Amy Kellestine Reviews “Christopher Robin” If summer movies were Olympic athletes, “Christopher Robin” would barely be going home with a participation ribbon. While there is a certain timelessness to the message of never losing your inner child, there isn’t much that works in this version that builds on the classic children’s stories. In fact, I’d happily rewatch classics like “Mary Poppins” or “Hook” for more entertaining and poignant treatments of the same content. In the film, director Marc Forster (“Finding Neverland”) asks us to consider what would happen if ChristopherRead More
Mamma Mia! movie review, Amanda Seyfried movies
Movie Review by Amy Kellestine If you are a fan of ABBA or of the first “Mamma Mia”, you’ll probably enjoy the sequel. Otherwise, you might struggle to reconcile the hype with the reality. It’s got some serious star power and a couple of touching moments that may be enough to make you leave the theatre with a smile on your face or song in your heart—as long as you embrace the fact that it’s far from perfect. “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” picks up a few years afterRead More
The “Incredibles 2” is this year’s summer offering from the illustrious Pixar studios. Released fourteen years after its predecessor, it’s been a long time coming for eager fans. This installment picks up after the original “Incredibles” ends, following the Parr family as they fight evil villains and navigate life. Most of the original cast returns, with Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter voicing the lead couple of Bob/Mr. Incredible and Helen/Elastigirl, and Sarah Vowell reprising her role as Violet. New to the cast is Huck Milner, who wasn’t even bornRead More
The Miracle Season
Despite a tragic beginning, “The Miracle Season” is a feel-good movie based on the real-life tale of the 2011 high school girls volleyball team from West High School in Iowa City. Fresh off a state championship in 2010, best friends Kelley Fliehler (Erin Moriarty) and Caroline “Line” Found (Danika Yarosh) are excited to lead the team to another banner year. Line is clearly the ringleader and instigator of the two, while Kelly happily tags along with a friend who regularly pushes her out of her comfort zone to ensure sheRead More
Moive Review-A Wrinkle in Time

Posted On April 17, 2018By Parvati MagazineIn Arts/Culture, Film, May 2018 - Effervescence

Movie Review: A Wrinkle in Time

“A Wrinkle in Time” is a truly fantastical translation of Madeleine L’Engle’s book by the same name. The novel has been enjoyed by children and adults alike for decades, but this is the first attempt at bringing the adventure to the big screen. Brought to life by director Ava DuVernay (of “Selma” fame), the movie follows the reluctant heroine, Meg (played by the lovely Storm Reid) as she travels (or “tessers”) to the fifth dimension with her precocious younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) and admiring classmate Calvin (Levi Miller).Read More
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