Dream Horse

Rating: 3/5 The true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely racehorse bred by small-town bartender Jan Vokes. With very little money and no experience, Jan convinces her neighbours to chip in their meagre earnings to help raise Dream and compete with the racing elites. Their investment pays off as Dream rises through the ranks and…

Minamata

Rating: 5/5 In 1971, the American photographer W. Eugene Smith is famous for his numerous “photographic essays” published in Life, but he becomes a recluse. Initially he refuses a commission from Life magazine editor Robert Hayes to return to Japan and investigate the poisoning of Minamata residents. A passionate Japanese translator, Aileen, urges him to accept it. Smith is finally convinced to…

Steak Customs House

With one of the MapWorld girls having taken up residence in Timaru (and now that she’s bought a house there, I think there will be many more trips south), a weekend in this fine city was deemed a necessity for the sake of a good long catch-up with a few glasses of wine. Three of…

A Quiet Place Part 11

Rating: 3.5/5 The Abbott family – mother Evelyn, deaf daughter Regan, and son Marcus – have discovered that the alien creatures that have invaded Earth are vulnerable to high-frequency audio feedback from Regan’s hearing aid. Evelyn has killed the creatures that murdered her husband Lee and attacked their isolated home. With their home destroyed, the family departs, with…

Amaterrace

Because Nick and Connor (my son and grandson) are staying for the weekend, I booked us into this restaurant for dinner tonight. Japanese food is Connor’s favourite. However, I decided that we would stop off at King Kong to sample a cocktail or two first. I was there last night, and walking in again this…

Lapsis

Rating: 3/5 In a parallel present, delivery man Ray Tincelli is struggling to support himself and his ailing younger brother. After a series of two-bit hustles and unsuccessful swindles, Ray takes a job in a strange new realm of the gig economy: trekking deep into the forest, pulling cable over miles of terrain to connect…

The Woman in the Window

Rating: 2.5/5 Child psychologist Anna Fox (Amy Adams) lives alone in a Manhattan apartment after becoming separated from her husband Edward; he lives away with their daughter Olivia, but she talks to them on a daily basis. Anna suffers from agoraphobia and her housebound state leads her to observe all of her neighbours from a second-story window,…

Cafe Valentino

What a night to go out for dinner! The forecasters have been predicting a “weather bomb” for this part of the world. I doubt it will be more than lots of rain. It always seems to me that any time a weather forecast predicts dreadful weather and suggests we should button down the hatches, it…

Cruella

Rating: 2/5 Set in the 1970s in London during the punk rock movement, the film follows Estella de Vil, an aspiring fashion designer, and explores the path that will lead her to become a notorious criminal known as Cruella de Vil. This movie has two fabulous female actors in it with the same first name – Emma Stone and Emma…

Cellar Door

We all remembered Annie’s with a great degree of nostalgia and we sat out our table where it used to be. The 9 of us were seated at a square table which was wonderful because it meant we could all talk to each other, be heard by each other and, occasionally, even reply to each…