Movies & Streaming Reviews

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


‘Pig’ earns its place as a quality Nicholas Cage pic; it’s also a noble entrant into the pantheon of films featuring pigs

Pig man: Nicholas Cage plays a man hunting for his stolen truffle-finding pig in ‘Pig’. PIG *** (91 minutes) MA ...
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‘The Killing of Two Lovers’ an honest, raw, moving exploration of a small-town father struggling to hold his failing marriage together

Yeah, you: A fierce argument breaks out in ‘The Killing of Two Lovers’. THE KILLING OF TWO LOVERS **** (84 ...
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Australian domestic drama ‘Streamline’ seethes with authenticity

Bad waters: Lee Miller stars as a troubled teen in ‘Streamline’. STREAMLINE **** (86 minutes) MA A clutch of captivating ...
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‘Ride the Eagle’, an undemanding, light-hearted mother-and-son comedy that negates its story flubs by bringing the funny

A man alone: Jake Johnson plays a man challenged by his mother’s will in ‘Ride the Eagle’. RIDE THE EAGLE ...
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Unfairly derided teen rom-com remake ‘He’s All That’ is a pleasant, sufficiently funny, harmless jaunt – not a crime against humanity

Up for a challenge: Madison Pettis (left) and Myra Molloy co-star with social media star Addison Rae in ‘He’s All ...
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‘Summer of Soul’: a stunning, sprawling musical doco about a largely forgotten landmark festival that united people in the call for change

Give it up: Sly Stone sings up a storm in ‘Summer of Soul’. SUMMER OF SOUL (…OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION ...
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Top music doco ‘Under the Volcano’ a captivating, insightful, joyous look at the unique hotbed of creativity conjured on a tiny island

Derelict dream: The remains of an island studio shimmer back to life in ‘Under the Volcano’. UNDER THE VOLCANO ***1/2 ...
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Limp cyber-thriller ‘Clickbait’ fails to build suspense or engage – and is just way, way too long

Looking for clues: Jessie Collins in the cyber-thriller miniseries ‘Clickbait’. CLICKBAIT *1/2 (371 minutes; eight episodes) MA whole series review ...
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‘Candyman’ delivers ripping good horror with a bit of BLM messaging

Something wicked this way comes: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in ‘Candyman’. CANDYMAN *** (90 minutes) MA In the ever-rising tide of ...
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The serious business of funny gets a good going over in ‘Hacks’, though the show hits some big, bad false notes in its final eps

Sharing the moment: Hannah Einbinder and Jean Smart in ‘Hacks’. Hacks *** (309 minutes; 10 episodes) MA full season review ...
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