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Robot Dreams - Movie Review

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Robot Dreams - Movie Review Critics Score - 8 of 10 General Audience Score - 8 of 10 Kids Score - 7 of 10 Isaac Asimov was a Russian science fiction writer who passed away in the early 1990’s. He wrote quite extensively about the future and discussed A.I. and robots in many of his stories. As much of his work was written before our modern world of robot vacuum cleaners and self driving cars, much of Asimov’s work, including a short story called Robot Dreams, was theoretical in nature and speculated on what the future of technology might hold. The book Robot Dreams inspired the movie, I, Robot starring Will Smith from a couple decades ago, but the new film from Neon with the same name, Robot Dreams, dabbles in Asimov’s speculative ideas about what a Robot intelligence might “dream” about. This film is a relatively simple story of a dog in search of a friend, so he purchases a robot and assembles him. But all the adventures and experiences the dog and robot have mirror real life and the

The Teacher’s Lounge - Movie Review

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The Teacher’s Lounge - Movie Review Critics Score - 8 of 10 General Audience Score - 7 of 10 Most of us can remember what it was like to be in grade school. There was always some Tommy likes Sally type of drama between pubescent boys and girls, but rarely were there incidents of any note that got the whole school on high alert. Most of those types of dramas are saved for the unfortunate circumstances when a child brought a weapon to school or there were accusations of sexual misconduct. Well, the new German film The Teacher’s Lounge explores the topic of a theft in a middle school that threatens to send the entirety of the school, teachers and admin as well as many of the students, into a tailspin. This film at just over a hour and a half flies by as the dominoes fall, one after the other, in a series of events that make up some of best drama you can find onscreen. While a school theft is nothing new, this film extracts every ounce of chaos from its premise, contemplating all angles an

The Peasants - Movie Review

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The Peasants - Movie Review Critics Score - 8 of 10 General Audience Score - 8 of 10 When it comes to paintings and art, I’m not a huge connoisseur. I can walk through an art gallery and appreciate most pieces from a technical level, but as far as anything I would purchase and own for my own personal enjoyment, most things I’m pretty indifferent to. A new animated film that’s being distributed by Sony Pictures Classics is The Peasants; and it is also the Polish submission to the Oscars this year. This breathtaking foreign language film is presented in a real life, oil painted animation style, each frame of it’s nearly two hour runtime is as gorgeous as most works you could find on display at any art gallery. It tells the story of a time when, you guessed it, peasants and small villages were the norm, sometime dating to the late 19th century, about a hundred and fifty years ago. The Polish peasants in our story and society in general at the time were held by a strong patriarchal culture

My Top 10 Films of 2023

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My Top 10 Films of 2023 #1 - Perfect Days Critics Score - 9.4 of 10 Wim Wenders’ new film Perfect Days was about as close to a perfect film as I saw for the entirely of the 2023 year in cinema. This slower film won’t be as captivating for general audiences, but it’s thematic riches are there for the taking. At least for those willing to take the time to sift for them. Wenders is speaking to a society of have it all and give it to me now about a minimalist man who has very little and aspires to gain nothing. He’s not in a hurry to get anywhere in life, no corporate ladder to climb and is instead focused on soaking in the beauty of each moment of this life that he can. The lead performance from Koji Yakusho helps to set this film on a pedestal of incredible filmmaking that no other movie has topped for myself. This Japanese foreign film is fully deserving of it’s nomination for Best International Feature at the 2023 Academy Awards. #2 - Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Critics Score

Night Swim - Movie Review

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Night Swim - Movie Review Critics Score - 4 of 10 General Audience Score - 6 of 10 When a movie begins and the production company logos begin to pop up on the screen, there are a few that immediately jump out at you. Not only in terms of the stylization of the sequence they put together for it, but the expectations that come with their typical productions. Blumhouse or BH for short, has a creepy and pretty extended introduction and can usually be counted on for producing some upper tier thriller and horror films each year. Granted, there are a few stinkers mixed in there with the great ones. To start the year, Blumhouse drops the new film Night Swim into theatres during the cold and bleak moviegoing month of January, and it’s not a huge mystery why. Unlike some other recent horror films like Thanksgiving and even Talk To Me from last year, which fully embrace the fun side of the horror genre as they go about delivering their scares and still skew towards the serious, Night Swim is all

Anyone But You - Movie Review

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Anyone But You - Movie Review Critics Score - 7 of 10 General Audience Score - 7 of 10 Before I begin this review, I must include the full disclosure that I am a self proclaimed hopeless romantic by nature. There’s always a soft spot in my heart for romantic comedies. Not that I'm over the moon for all of them, but I have the propensity to probably enjoy them a little more than the average person. I just want to fall in love over and over again, every day. Movies like Pride & Prejudice (2005) and Runaway Bride currently reside in my top 10 films of all time, films like Priscilla and Sanctuary (mainly because of the finale) consistently appear in my favorite films of the year. With that being said, I finally got around to watch the new rom-com from Sony Pictures, Anyone But You. This film is super cheesy, it's corny, it's silly, it's a bit ludicrous at times, yet I throughly enjoyed my viewing experience. The only thing that really made this film so much fun was that

The Zone Of Interest - Movie Review

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The Zone Of Interest - Movie Review Critics Score - 8 General Audience Score - 7 When it comes to movies, there are the big studio blockbuster films, movies designed to appeal to the masses, and there are many smaller, usually independent films, sometimes referred to as “arthouse” cinema. These artistic films are more niche, they’re not designed to appeal to the crowds as much and usually find an audience within only a certain demographic of the population. The filming style, pacing, production, cinematography and any number of other variables in these movies might lose a good chunk of mainstream audiences along the way. This term “arthouse”, can certainly be used in relation to the new foreign film from A24 studios coming from the UK and it’s called The Zone Of Interest. This film from director Jonathan Glazer is in spoken German and it is unsettling, disquieting, stomach turning and any other adjectives that you can think of that make you uneasy or uncomfortable. For those unaware, t

Wonka - Movie Review

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Wonka - Movie Review Critics Score - 6 of 10 General Audience Score - 7 of 10 Kids Score - 7 of 10 The original Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory movie from 1971 was a bit of an anomaly. Sometimes when all the elements of a film come together in just the right time and place, it is something akin to lightning striking. This process just cannot be predicted, duplicated or repeated, at least not with much ease. The original Willy Wonka music, lyrics, tone, production design, Gene Wilder as well as the rest of the cast and other elements came together at the perfect point to create a classic piece of cinema. A new prequel to the original film called Wonka from WB Studios tell us the tale of how Willy got his start in the world of the cutthroat chocolatier business. While this modernized approach to the Wonka “universe” was interesting enough to watch, it was ultimately far less creative than I would’ve hoped and took no chances to break out of the mold of mainstream big studio story

The Taste Of Things - Movie Review

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The Taste Of Things - Movie Review Critics Score - 8 of 10 General Audience Score - 7 of 10 For myself, I love me a great cooking show, like Masterchef or The Great British Baking Show, but it has to be about the cooking and culinary creations. When those shows go to the dramatic and focus on the people and not the food, like Hell’s Kitchen for example, I lose interest. Although watching Gordon Ramsey going off and chew some ass is plenty amusing on occasion! But a new foreign language film that’s being distributed by IFC here in the U.S. and is the submission by France for the Oscars is called The Taste Of Things. Almost the entirety of this first act would be what some people consider as “food porn”. We watch a couple that’s in love with each other and passionate about food working in a kitchen in the early 1900’s, from my best estimate. Juliette Binoche stars in the film and is truly magnificent. I’ve seen some great lead actress performances this year from Emma Stone, Natalie Portm

The Iron Claw - Movie Review

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The Iron Claw - Movie Review Critics Score - 8 of 10 General Audience Score - 8 of 10 When it comes to curses, you can usually define them as bad luck or evil that surrounds a person as a result of something that happened to them or that somebody is intentionally trying to send negative things their way. When someone feels they’ve been cursed, it’s usually a feeling of dread and that there are superstitious and supernatural forces at work against them. Back in the 1980’s, there was a team of wrestlers, the Von Erich family, comprised of a father and his sons, but upon whom a string of tragedies befell making many wonder if they were indeed cursed. A new movie from A24 called The Iron Claw, which was the name of the father’s signature wresting move, covers the family’s rise to wrestling fame but then the subsequent heartbreak and suffering that plagued them. This is undoubtedly the saddest movie I’ve seen in the entirety of 2023, and I’ve seen well over a hundred films for this calendar