Movies & Streaming Reviews

The latest movies & streaming reviews from Jim Schembri, professional film reviewer since 1980.


Engrossing school drama ‘Bad Education’ digs deep into a true-life corruption scandal

Teachable moment: Hugh Jackman plays a slick school administrator in the drama ‘Bad Education’. BAD EDUCATION ***1/2 (107 minutes) MA ...
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Strong ideas drive the action in technology-gone-wrong thriller ‘Soundwave’

Hearing test: A boy genius (Hunter Doohan) invents a listening device that can change the world in the sci-fi thriller ...
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Shailene Woodley shines in deftly directed, naturalistic relationship drama ‘Endings, Beginnings’

Not looking for love: Daphne (Shailene Woodley) is a woman struggling to find direction in ‘Endings, Beginnings’. ENDINGS, BEGINNINGS ***1/2 ...
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The funny shines through the flaws in the spirited low-budget rom-com ‘Batsh*t Bride’

Sticky situation :Meghan Falcone stars as a bride-to-be struggling with crisis control in ‘Batsh*t Bride’. BATSH*T BRIDE *** (81 minutes) ...
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Understatement unsettles in the excellent #metoo drama ‘The Assistant’

Something to say: Julie Garner plays an office worker who suspects sexual misconduct in Kitty Green’s ‘The Assistant’. THE ASSISTANT ...
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Low-brow thrill ride as ‘Hollywood’ digs deep into the sex and corruption of post-war Tinseltown

Power player: Jim Parsons puts in an excellent performance in the mini-series ‘Hollywood’. HOLLYWOOD *** (seven episodes; 350 minutes) MA15+ ...
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Seinfeld funny as ever in new stand-up special that rails against iPhones and celebrates his sixties

Still the everyman: Jerry Seinfeld kills in the stand-up special ‘Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill’. SEINFELD: 23 HOURS TO ...
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‘The Highwaymen’ seeks to revise the demise of Bonnie & Clyde through the eyes of the veteran lawmen who hunted them down

Manhunters: Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner play law officers in pursuit of Bonnie and Clyde in ‘The Highwaymen’. THE HIGHWAYMEN ...
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Brilliantly staged action delivered at break-neck pace in hot Hemsworth shoot-em-up adventure ‘Extraction’

Man of action: Chris Hemsworth blasts his way through the non-stop mayhem in ‘Extraction’. EXTRACTION ***1/2 (116 minutes) MA Buckle ...
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Compelling drama tells of a young woman’s escape from Hasidic life in ‘Unorthodox’

Close shave: Esty (Shira Haas) discovers that Hasidic life is not for her in the four-part drama ‘Unorthodox’. UNORTHODOX **** ...
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