A round-up of movie reviews: Wind River, It, The Work, Insyriated, Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beat

A round-up of movie reviews: Wind River, It, The Work, Insyriated, Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beat

An American frontier thriller, coulrophobia on full blast, therapy at Folsom Prison, an intimate Syrian war drama, and a pithy veteran Labour MP. Wind River is the third work in actor-turned-screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s modern frontier trilogy (after Sicario and Hell And High Water) and Sheridan’s very first movie credited as director. It’s an American thriller that will certainly appeal to fans of Scandinavian noir. Although set in Wyoming (supposedly in the spring), this is a story that unfolds in…

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MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Review: At last comes the mystery thriller

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Review:  At last comes the mystery thriller

I know. I KNOW. Ever since seeing the trailer for the mystery thriller Murder on the Orient Express, a question has been nagging at you. It’s not who among a diverse collection of brilliant actors including Judi Dench as a Russian princess, Willem Dafoe as a German professor, Penelope Cruz as a depressed missionary and Johnny Depp as a thuggish art dealer, is the murderer. But why has a tiny furry mammal disguised as a magnificent beast of a handlebar mustache in 50…

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Murder on the Orient Express movie adaption stays on track for the most part

Murder on the Orient Express movie adaption stays on track for the most part

WASHINGTON — In 1974, between “Serpico” (1973) and “Network” (1976), Sidney Lumet directed an Agatha Christie novel into a star-studded murder mystery with Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Jacqueline Bisset and an Oscar-winning Ingrid Bergman.   Now, get ready to board the train again as the talented and versatile actor-director Kenneth Branagh presents his very own star-studded remake of Murder on the Orient Express. Based on the 1934 mystery novel, the whodunit follows Detective Hercule…

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Murder on the Orient Express Is A Mystery Worth Skipping

Murder on the Orient Express Is A Mystery Worth Skipping

In cinema, as elsewhere, there can be too much of a good thing. Quick: Do you remember the film several years back that starred Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, and Nicole Kidman, among others? If it reminds you of Nine, the director Rob Marshall’s musical follow-up to his Academy Award–winning Chicago, well good for you. I can scarcely summon any memory of the film myself. The director Kenneth Branagh’s remake of Murder on the Orient…

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Murder on the Orient Express Is a Mellow Ride

Murder on the Orient Express Is a Mellow Ride

No, we didn’t. I assume that’s your first question: “Did we need another Murder on the Orient Express?” We already had a quite inert specimen from 1974 directed by Sidney Lumet, made remarkable by a brilliant assemblage of stars (Albert Finney, Ingrid Bergman, Vanessa Redgrave, Sean Connery, Maggie Smith, Anthony Perkins, Lauren Bacall, John Gielgud…) with a fine TV version with David Suchet’s near-definitive Hercule Poirot and the young Jessica Chastain. Kenneth Branagh’s latest has a…

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Murder On The Orient Express- A Cumbersome Old Relic

Murder On The Orient Express- A Cumbersome Old Relic

After watching Murder on the Orient Express, it’s not hard to see why murder mysteries just aren’t a thing anymore. I was cautiously optimistic to see this one, the trailer promising an old classic rejuvenated with a sleek, shiny coat of modernity. Well, as stylish and star-packed as it is, Murder On The Orient Express seems creaky and outdated from the get-go. For some reason, we don’t start the story on the train. Instead, we get…

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Goodfellas (1990) Review: A Scorses’s terrifyingly best work

Goodfellas (1990) Review: A Scorses’s terrifyingly best work

In tandem with a full Scorsese retrospective, this beloved meatball opera is served up once more. Let’s pour one out for Ray Liotta, the last man (barely) standing in Martin Scorsese’s roistering gangland firework display, Goodfellas. Looking over his impressive and colorful career within the film business, this iconic title rests a lofty if precarious peak. It’s akin to the moment where his twinkle eyed mafioso-in-waiting, Henry Hill, is ushered through to the bustling inner sanctum of an…

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Goodfellas (1990) – a hasty, threatening hightail through the death of the mob

Goodfellas (1990) – a hasty, threatening hightail through the death of the mob

Being a gangster was better than being president of the United States!” Is it less of a choice than ever? The rerelease of Martin Scorsese’s brash and brilliant mob masterpiece from 1990 – about the rise and fall of Irish-Italian criminal Henry Hill, from the 60s to the 80s – is a reminder of what his very best work looks like, and you can feel again the stunning impact of his A-team: Robert De Niro as Jimmy…

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Goodfellas 1990 is brutal yet amazing movie

Goodfellas 1990 is brutal yet amazing movie

The jarring opening scene of Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas plunges the viewers smack into the deadly fast-track realm of the professional mobster. Henry Hill, a defiantly proud young mobster, is driving with James Conway and Tommy DeVito on a deserted upstate highway. Annoyed by a thumping sound, they pull over. The men stand facing the back of the car, their angry faces caught in the red glow of the backlights. The trunk is opened. Jammed inside…

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Goodfellas is an Oscar-worthy film

Goodfellas is an Oscar-worthy film

Based on the real story of Henry Hill, Goodfellas is Martin Scorsese’s “Should have won the Oscar” work of art. I mean, really, think about it- I know he was a sentimental favorite, but did he really deserve the Oscar for “The Aviator?” The answer is a resounding “No!” The same goes for his “Gangs of New York,” a sentimental favorite that was well crafted but surely not solid enough to actually earn the Best…

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GoodFellas – A Brilliant Movie Based on Nicholas Pileggi’s true story

GoodFellas – A Brilliant Movie Based on Nicholas Pileggi’s true story

By the time a key witness comes forward and puts a stop to all the crime in GoodFellas the relief is practically serene. It means no more horrifying murders, no more husbands cheating on their wives, no more double-crossings, no more red-eyed cocaine binges, and no more having to stir that tomato sauce. But GoodFellas also serves as a sign of the conclusion to one of Martin Scorsese’s most brutal but brilliant films, a wonderful,…

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Movie Review Cardboard Gangsters – Part 2

Movie Review Cardboard Gangsters – Part 2

Let’s pick up what we left off from the last entry with our part 2 of Cardboard Gangsters. The Gang of Four Failure of plot happen with the four. They portray types frequently visited. Jay is the quiet leader and decisive one. He acts after a sharp intake of nitrate polluted air when crucial decisions have to be made.  His reactions always are swift.  There is his sidekick, Dano – Fionn Walton, who is a…

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Logan Lucky: Steven Soderbergh’s Bank Heist Pays Off

Logan Lucky: Steven Soderbergh’s Bank Heist Pays Off

Steven Soderbergh is officially back in the director’s chair with Logan Lucky. Despite the title’s suggestion, the Logan family could not be called lucky with droll bartender Clyde (Adam Driver) lost an arm in the Iraq war, while his big brother Jimmy (Channing Tatum) has been fired from his job fixing sinkholes. The family’s younger sister Mellie (Riley Keough) fares a little better as a joyriding hairdresser. The three follow Jimmy’s to-do list to stage…

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Logan Lucky: Steven Soderbergh Is Back with a Motley Band of Thieves

Logan Lucky: Steven Soderbergh Is Back with a Motley Band of Thieves

Logan Lucky is Steven Soderbergh’s gravity-defying, ridiculously entertaining new movie, and it is the one that ends a blessedly brief retirement from big-screen directing. The movie concerns itself with a desperate attempt to even the odds. It’s a caper movie, a modern-day Robin Hood tale organized around an elaborate, improbable but curiously plausible heist. Logan Lucky movie is about a heist of a gang including a wounded veteran, an unemployed former coal miner, a hairdresser and other motley…

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Movie Review Cardboard Gangsters – Part 1

Movie Review Cardboard Gangsters – Part 1

Title: Cardboard Gangsters Cardboard Gangsters Director: Mark O’Connor Cardboard Gangsters Writers: Mark O’Connor and John Connors Cardboard Gangsters Starring: John Connors as Jason Connolly, Fionn Walton as Dano, Kierston Wareing as Kim Murphy, Jimmy Smallhorne as Derra Murphy. Remainder of cast listed alphabetically: Paul Alwright … Glenner, Alan Clinch … Whacker, Stephen Clinch … Ross Kelly, John Dalessandro … Lukey, Damien Dempsey … Curley Murphy, Gemma-Leah Devereux … Roisin, Kyle Bradley Donaldson … Stephen Kelly,…

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