Housebound (2014)

Kylie (Morgana O’Reilly) is a troublemaker and thrill-seeker. Her latest stunt is to steal the safe from an ATM. When she gets caught, the judge sentences her to house arrest at her mother’s house, where she grew up. Kylie doesn’t get along with her mother (Rima Te Wiata) or her step-father (Cameron Rhodes), and staying in the house with them is torturous to her. She’s … Continue reading Housebound (2014)

Period film: Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) has inherited a farm from her uncle. Independent and fiercely determined, Bathsheba will do anything it takes to not only keep the farm in working order, but restore it to its former glory. But as a woman in Victorian England, Bathsheba is expected to do more than just farm her uncle’s land for the rest of her life: she’s expected to … Continue reading Period film: Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

Films in 2015: Modern Movies in June

Bad Blood (2015) – As one of the latest releases from the notorious Lifetime Movie Network, Bad Blood was neither as sinister nor as corny as I expected it to be. The script is predictable and somewhat anti-climactic. That being said, all is not lost. The acting is mostly better-than-average by LMN standards. It was also fun for me to see Jeff Kober in a … Continue reading Films in 2015: Modern Movies in June

The Age of Adaline (2015)

Born at the turn of the 20th century, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) lives a charmed life in northern California. As she gets older, she finds love, marrying and starting a family. Everything seems perfect. But tragedy strikes one evening, during a rare occurrence of snowfall, as Adaline is driving to her parents’ countryside home. She loses control of the car, nearly losing her life as … Continue reading The Age of Adaline (2015)

Remaking the Classics: Cinderella (2015)

This review is part of a new once-in-a-while series, Remaking the Classics, where I’ll be doing full reviews of films that are remakes of classic-era releases and discussing how they differ from their predecessors. We kick off the series with a review of the live-action Cinderella, released earlier this year. A wicked stepmother, a fairy godmother, and talking mice… Cinderella is such a classic that … Continue reading Remaking the Classics: Cinderella (2015)

Period film: Selma (2014)

“Unflinching” is a word that can be used to describe quite a few of the film releases of late 2014/early 2015, and Selma is among them. This early ’60s period film, focused the march for black voting rights from Selma, Alabama to the state capital of Montgomery, brings to life the violence faced by protestors simply for exercising their freedom of assembly. Directed by Ava … Continue reading Period film: Selma (2014)

Period film: The Awakening (2011)

Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) is famous throughout England for her skepticism. For a living she exposes scams, debunks hoaxes and generally shoots down anything remotely paranormal by finding evidence that it’s all the work of con artists. Robert Mallory (Dominic West) comes to Florence one day, telling her that a headmaster of a school in the country has invited her to investigate a ghost that supposedly frightens … Continue reading Period film: The Awakening (2011)

Take Me Home (2011)

Thom is a struggling-for-work photographer who, after another failed interview, returns to his apartment to find his landlord clearing it out and tossing all of his belongings into the hall. With no more photography gigs on the horizon and now no apartment to sleep in, Thom turns to his second job — as an unlicensed New York City cab driver — to distract himself from … Continue reading Take Me Home (2011)