Hearts Beat Loud

Frank Fisher’s (Nick Offerman) record store in Brooklyn is failing after 17 years. His daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) is soon to be heading to California for college. But they still have the summer to do what they love the most, make music together. Hearts Beat Loud received a very small release in 2018 and has … Continue reading Hearts Beat Loud

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Vox Lux

Vox Lux describes itself as “a 21st century portrait” in its credits, but I’m still unable to decide if that is a portrait of its pop diva protagonist, fame or of our entire society. It is a film that manages to feel entirely superficial and shallow at the same time as it seems to be … Continue reading Vox Lux

Blue Jay

When high school sweethearts Jim (Mark Duplass) and Amanda (Sarah Paulson) bump into each other in their old home town they spend 24 hours reminiscing about their history and what could have been. My normal preference is to review current cinema releases or new streaming titles but I want to make an exception for Blue … Continue reading Blue Jay

Paddleton

Michael (Mark Duplass) and Andy (Ray Romano) are friends who live in the same apartment complex. Both single, they share a love of homemade pizza, Kung fu movies and the ball game they created called Paddleton. The film opens with Michael being diagnosed with terminal cancer and what follows is a bitter sweet comedy about … Continue reading Paddleton

Mowgli

Based on Rudyard Kipling’s stories this is not the child friendly version of the Jungle Book that Disney has now brought to us in both animated and live action form. Rated 12 by Netflix this features animals with sharp teeth, scars and a generally weathered appearance and absolutely no singing or dancing. The story itself … Continue reading Mowgli

Bird Box

When an unexplained phenomenon spreads across the planet all of those that see it are driven to suicide. Told from the perspective of Malorie (Sandra Bullock) the story cuts back and forth between the opening days of the crisis to five years later, where Malorie accompanied by two five year old children must make a … Continue reading Bird Box