Ten-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) goes to live with his oddball uncle in a creaky old house that contains a mysterious `tick tock’ noise. He soon learns that Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) and his feisty neighbour, Mrs Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett), are formidable magicians. When Lewis accidentally resurrects a deceased enemy, the town’s sleepy facade suddenly springs… [Read More]
The sad reality is that every new Clint Eastwood film could be his last. After more than six decades on the Silver Screen, Eastwood—now eighty-eight—is fighting the one opponent he can’t beat—Father Time. There’s an obvious hitch in his step, a veritable roadmap of years and miles on his face. The gritty growl of Josie… [Read More]
There is throughout the film a sense that for Van Gogh painting was in many ways a spiritual exercise.
When Adonis Creed returns to the ring in CREED II, he has all he’s ever fought for: a new wife, stable family and, of course, the heavyweight championship on his shoulders. However, when the shadows of his past resurface to confront him, Creed must ask himself what he’s fighting for and what he’s prepared to… [Read More]
An atheist and a former Islamist extremist walk in to a bar… Joking aside. Sam Harris is a known atheist and the author of The End of Faith, among many others. The End of Faith was Sam’s immediate reaction to the events of 9/11, and includes numerous references to Islam. To roughly quote Sam, he… [Read More]
Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse is the best superhero animated film I’ve ever seen. It’s the best film I’ve seen this year. It may be the greatest Spider-Man film of all time. If all of those seem like exaggerations to you, then you haven’t seen the movie for yourself yet. And I’m sorry. In Spider-Man Into… [Read More]
Ben is Back tells the story of Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges), a nineteen-year-old drug addict who unexpectedly returns to his family’s suburban home on Christmas Eve. From the moment she first sees him, Ben’s mom, Holly (Julia Roberts), welcomes him openly yet remains cautious of her son’s drug addiction. Over a turbulent twenty-four hours, new… [Read More]
You’ve heard “don’t make a sound” before in thrillers, but what about “don’t open your eyes”? Josh Malerman’s novel Bird Box was disturbing, spinning a story around a mother struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity is threatened with extinction. What initially appears to be a European illness quickly transforms into a widespread… [Read More]
In production notes for the film, Labaki says the title comes from the French word “capharnaüm” which translates as “chaos”. She also notes that it is the name of a biblical city, which was “a place where miracles could happen.”
‘Tis the season of heartwarming holiday movies featuring cute kids, Santa Claus, and the joy of the season.