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Star Wars: The Mandalorian, Season 1

Mickey Mouse buys Darth Vader “Mickey Mouse” has given us access to the first three (of eight) episodes of the first season of The Mandalorian, so this will be a somewhat amputated review. That said, what we’ve seen bodes well! After burning $36 billion on all the rights to the Stars Wars universe, Disney has … Read more

The Way Back

Strong self-pity is at the center of what Ben Affleck almost gives us a sneak peek into his troubled private life. It’s no secret that the Hollywood star, on a private level, has for years struggled with alcohol problems, going in and out of rehab. When he in The Way Back portrays a small, heavily … Read more

Away (Netflix)

In 2015, Matt Damon reigned in solitary majesty on Mars, stranded after an accident and with little chance of surviving or returning home. Five years later, it’s Hilary Swank and her crew’s turn. Life on Mars? Scientists have been searching for life on the Red Planet for many decades, and in June 2018, NASA informed … Read more

Tenet

The rescue of the cinemas? After the Chinese came to the conclusion that it was a silly idea to stuff pangolins, infected with virus-infested bat shit, and cinemas around the world went into lockdown mode, it has been a rather meager film offer for filmmakers. Closed cinemas, on the other hand, have given a golden … Read more

Project Power

We don’t see Jamie Foxx in front of the camera as much as we used to and both last year and the year before we only got one film with the actor known from Collateral, Django Unchained and Ray. Now he returns in Project Power,  with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in search of the back streets of … Read more

Contagion

Contagion

We constantly hear horror visions that the Earth is becoming totally overpopulated, and that eventually there will not be enough food for all of us – but as always, nature finds a way… When Gwyneth Paltrow returns home from a business trip to Hong Kong, she feels unwell, dizzy and has a fever (sounds familiar?). … Read more

I Know This Much is True

When we heard that Derek Cianfrance sat in the directors chair of I Know This Much is True, it aroused our immediate interest. The director is behind excellent drama films such as Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines and The Light Between Oceans. With this HBO series, he tops his relatively short directing career. … Read more

Extraction

Extraction

Netflix’s new action thriller Extraction is based on the cartoon Cuidad (by Joe Russo, who also wrote the screenplay); and it seems – for better or worse. The lone wolf Tyler Rake (Chris “Thor” Hemsworth) is a mentally injured elite soldier who now rents out his “services” to the highest bidder. He works within a … Read more

The Lighthouse

Robert Eggers (The Witch) has written and directed an intense drama set on a barren, desolate rocky island off the rugged coast of New England in the 1890s. Old age collide with youthful enthusiasm The old lighthouse is powered by the aging laughter bit of a sea urchin, Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe). He knows the … Read more

Lovecraft Country

At a time when streaming services have been impacted by a dearth of new show launches (as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic) it’s gratifying to see that autumn’s big gamble from HBO delivers on its promise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvamPJp17Ds Jim Crow Matt Ruff wrote the eponymous novel on which Lovecraft Country is based. We find ourselves … Read more

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Since 1956, we Europeans have been able to enjoy the annual music competition «Eurovision Song Contest», which with its 64 completed shows is the world’s most tenacious, and largest, singing competition. In other words, a competition that is very famous, loved and hated in Europe – but completely unknown in the United States. A little … Read more

The Woods

Ask yourself: When was the last time you saw a Polish movie or TV series? Long ago yes? You are definitely not alone in this. The Woods have the potential to change this trend. In the hot summer of 1994, a group of young people in their late teens find themselves in a summer camp, … Read more

21 Bridges

If you watch a dozen American police films, you must undeniably draw the conclusion that 40-50% of the police force is thoroughly corrupt. Corruption, drugs and easy penchant for dirty bribes are a theme that has been taken up in countless crime and action movies from across the pond. So too with 21 Bridges; and … Read more

The Invisible Man

Elisabeth Moss has largely impressed with subtle and believable human acting in the complex role that oppressed Offred in the TV series The Handmaid’s Tale. Last year we could see Moss in her horror debut in scary Us. A film that must have given more flavor, because in the “remake” of the Universal classic about … Read more

The Old Guard

The very talented, and versatile, South African actress Charlize Theron (who we last saw in solid Bombshell), has repeatedly shown her abilities as an action heroine on film. In Fast & Furious 8, Æon Flux, Atomic Blonde, and not least, Mad Max: Fury Road, Theron has shown that she is fully on par with male … Read more

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