Movies & Streaming Reviews

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


Solid, attractive bio-doc ‘Playing with Sharks’ pays overdue tribute to pioneer diver, conservationist and shark expert Valerie Taylor

My little friend: Valerie Taylor’s life-long love of sharks is featured in the documentary ‘Playing with Sharks’. PLAYING WITH SHARKS: ...
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Amidst the mayhem, the fun new ‘Fast & Furious’ has moments where all the chasing & crashing & crunching achieve a weird balletic grace

Over easy: A truck has braking issues in the long-delayed ‘Fast & Furious 9’. FAST & FURIOUS 9 **** (143 ...
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Beautiful, moving Kiwi drama ‘Cousins’ a subdued celebration of family connection; includes video interview with the directors

Lost spirit: Mata (Tanea Heke) yearns for home in the New Zealand drama ‘Cousins’. COUSINS **** (98 minutes) M The ...
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‘Heroic Losers’: a fun, revenge-fuelled caper comedy

Caper crusaders: A gang of swindled investors scheme against a banker in ‘Heroic Losers’. HEROIC LOSERS (LA ODISEA DE LOS ...
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Moving Chilean doc takes us into the heart of the old and the lonely

Spy games: An elderly gent is sent by a PI into a nursing home in ‘The Mole Agent’. THE MOLE ...
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Walken walks tall in anti-corporate drama ‘Percy vs Goliath’

Feisty farmer: Christopher Walken plays a battler battling a corporation in ‘Percy vs Goliath’. PERCY VS GOLIATH *** (99 minutes) ...
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Knockout Korean actioner ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ designed to satisfy those who like their mayhem fast, ferocious and straight-faced

Hey there: Two professional killers face-off in the action film ‘Deliver Us From Evil’. DELIVER US FROM EVIL ***1/2 (108 ...
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Dreamworks delivers a fun, value-driven horse adventure with strong girl appeal that will also please boys and even the #metoo crowd

High on horses: Girl-power meets horse-power in the animated film ‘Spirit Untamed’. SPIRIT UNTAMED *** (88 minutes) G Long before ...
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New Reviews: Johnny Depp goes deep in ‘Minamata’; Weak comedy with ‘Breaking News in Yuba County’; Feel-good sports doc ‘King Otto’; ‘Final Account’ a strong Holocaust chronicle

Man with a plan: Johnny Depp portrays photo-journalist Eugene Smith in the drama ‘Minamata’. MINAMATA **1/2 (115 minutes) MA So ...
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Disney’s dark-edged ‘Cruella’ crushes it with a lavishly mounted, devilishly snarky origin story that is definitely not suitable for kids

Dress ups: Emma Stone goes dark in Disney’s ‘Cruella’ CRUELLA **** (134 minutes) PG In an absolutely delicious, visually sumptuous ...
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