Movie Reviews

The latest movie reviews from Jim Schembri, professional film reviewer since 1980.


The Call of the Wild; Sonic the Hedgehog; The Professor and the Madman

Motion capture emotion: Harrison Ford co-stars with a digitally rendered dog in ‘The Call of the Wild’. THE CALL OF ...
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Emma – a faithful, funny remake of Jane Austen’s cautionary tale about a meddling minx

Match-making minx – Anya Taylor-Joy plays the titular role in the latest remake of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’. EMMA *** (125 ...
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Birds of Prey; For Sama; H Is for Happiness; The Lighthouse

Bad girl blues: Margot Robbie as semi-villain Harley Quinn in ‘Birds of Prey’. BIRDS OF PREY ***1/2 (109 minutes) MA ...
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Midway; The Peanut Butter Falcon; Seberg; A Hidden Life

Battle stations: ‘Midway’ offers an old-school war movie with state-of-the-art visual effects. MIDWAY ***1/2 (132 minutes) M Those pining for ...
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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood; Just Mercy; Bad Boys for Life; Underwater; Like a Boss

Inspirational figure: Tom Hanks as iconic children’s TV presenter Fred Rogers in ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’. A BEAUTIFUL ...
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Bombshell; Dolittle; Go!

Three of a kind: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie star in the sexual harassment drama ‘Bombshell’. BOMBSHELL ***1/2 ...
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1917; The Gentlemen; Little Women; Spies in Disguise; My Spy; Farmageddon

Out of the trenches: Director Sam Mendes offers a unique vision of the First World War in ‘1917’. 1917 ***1/2 ...
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – all flaws aside, a fantastic, fun, fan-pleasing swan song to the triple trilogy

Shall we dance: Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) cross light sabres in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of ...
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Jojo Rabbit; Jumanji The Next Level; Sorry We Missed You; Cats; The Good Liar; Playing With Fire; Black Christmas

Happy days: Kiwi director Taika Waititi offers a punchy anti-Fascist satire in ‘Jojo Rabbit’. OPENING BOXING DAY JOJO RABBIT **** ...
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Frozen II; Mrs Lowry & Son; 21 Bridges; Knives Out

Dynamic duo: Elsa (left) and Anna return in ‘Frozen II’, the sequel to the mega-hit Disney film. FROZEN II **** ...
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