Isle of Dogs

6.5 out of 10
Rated PG-13, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, 101 minutes

Overview
In the future, an outbreak of canine flu leads the mayor of a Japanese city to banish all dogs to an island that’s a garbage dump. The outcasts must soon embark on an epic journey when a 12-year-old boy arrives on the island to find his beloved pet.

Review
This is decent film with humor and a traditional story arc. Entertaining but I did wonder to myself why the heroine is not Japanese. I did enjoy the voices of so many well-known actors.

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A Star is Born

8.0 out of 10
Rated R, Drama, Music, Romance, 136 minute

Synopsis
Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer—until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

Review
I really liked this movie’s script, direction, cinematography. On top of that, Brad Cooper and Lady Gaga (and Sam Elliott!) do terrific jobs in their roles. I was surprised that Brad Cooper could remake this a fourth(?) time and make the film fresh, interesting, and compelling.

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Favourite, The

6.0 out of 10
Rated R, Drama, History, Comedy, 119 minutes

Overview
In 18th century England, the close relationship between Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill is threatened by the arrival of Sarah’s cousin, Abigail Hill, resulting in a bitter rivalry between the two cousins to be the Queen’s favourite.

Review
This movie is beautifully shot, wonderfully acted, lush with color, and saturates the senses in costumes and decor. As a story I found myself wondering why I care about these characters and what is the story-line. As history, the script takes poetic license beyond reality.

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Capernaum (2018)

Rated R, Drama, 121 minutes
IMDB 8.2 (3,312), RT 83% (71 Critics), RT 77% (344 Users)

Overview
Zain, a 12-year-old boy scrambling to survive on the streets of Beirut, sues his parents for having brought him into such an unjust world, where being a refugee with no documents means that your rights can easily be denied.

Review – 8.0 out of 10
A touching story about immigrants and family. All the more so when you realize the actors are real immigrants going through their acting roles. Well acted (by non-professionals) with a very good director.

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Widows

6.0 out of 10
Rated R, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Overview
A police shootout leaves four thieves dead during an explosive armed robbery attempt in Chicago. Their widows have nothing in common except a debt left behind by their spouses’ criminal activities. Hoping to forge a future on their own terms, they join forces to pull off a heist.

Review
Nice to see a movie have strong women for a change with some role-play reversals, too. Still, just an okay crime movie with some okay acting (Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall – the did not seem to work particularly well in their roles). The actresses perform well but are limited by an average script.

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