No Time to Die

Rating: 3/5 James Bond is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica after leaving active service. However, his peace is short-lived as his old CIA friend, Felix Leiter, shows up and asks for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond on the trail of a…

Ride the eagle

Rating: 2.5/5 Leif is a rock-pop percussionist on the anxious side of 40 who’s aligned — tenuously, as it turns out — with bandmates two decades younger than him. Out of the blue, he receives word that Honey, his long-estranged mother, has died of cancer, and bequeathed him her spacious Yosemite cabin. But there’s a…

Respect

Rating: 3/5 Respect is a movie about Aretha Franklin. It starts off with her as a young girl growing up in the control of a dominating Baptist minister – father, and moves on to the abusive control of a husband, to the liquid control of a bottle of booze, until eventually she finds her real…

Kate

Netflix movie. Rating: 2/5 The Netflix description for this movie says it’s “violent and exciting”. That first adjective is quite accurate—this film is wall-to-wall carnage. However, unless you enjoy watching someone else play a video game for almost two hours, it’s not exciting. I watched it because I really thought it might get better –…

SAS: Rise of the Black Swan

Netflix movie: 3/5 Tom Buckingham, a special forces operator, is taking Dr. Sophie Hart from London to Paris to propose. When their train is deep inside the Channel Tunnel, Grace Lewis and her team of heavily armed war criminals seize the train and hold hundreds of passengers hostage. Grace threatens to expose the British government’s…

Infinite

Rating: 2/5 This globetrotting sci-fi action flick “Infinite” starts out with the best of intentions. On paper, the premise sounds like a killer idea: Reincarnated warriors locked in a centuries old war work to save humanity. On one side lies the good guys, the infinites. On the other, the nihilists. Here, the nihilist Bathurst is…

Reminiscence

Rating: 2.5/5 This movie starring Hugh Jackman (as well as Cliff Curtis) introduces a world where reliving memories is not only possible but risky too. The movie is set in Miami in the not too distant future where Miami is partly underwater because of rising sea-levels, and so hot during the day that the city…

The Suicide Squad

Rating: 2/5 The government sends the most dangerous supervillains in the world — Bloodsport, Peacemaker, King Shark, Harley Quinn and others — to the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Armed with high-tech weapons, they trek through the dangerous jungle on a search-and-destroy mission, with only Col. Rick Flag on the ground to make them…

How to be a good wife

Rating: 2/5 (French with English sub-titles) The film begins in 1967 in Alsace in Eastern France, at the school for good housekeeping run by Paulette van der Beck and husband Robert, an ineffectual lecher and tippler. Paulette is the poised figurehead of an archaic establishment which drums the lore of traditional wifedom into its teenage…

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Rating: 4/5 The story of a Jewish family’s escape from 1933 Berlin to Zürich before moving to Paris, and finally, to London, as told from the perspective of nine year-old Anna Kemper. Anna is too busy with schoolwork and friends to notice Hitler’s face glaring from posters plastered all over 1933 Berlin. But when her father…