Movies & Streaming Reviews

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


A daughter pays qualified tribute to her pioneering, flawed mother in ‘When the Camera Stopped Rolling’: (with director interview)

Thorny portrait: Director Jane Castle with her mother Lilias Fraser in ‘When the Camera Stopped Rolling’. WHEN THE CAMERA STOPPED ...
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Never mind all the hype, ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’ is a disappointing Nicholas Cage crimedy that falls short of its promise

Self portrait: Nicholas Cage stars as himself in ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’. THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT ...
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‘The Northman’ – A sweeping Nordic epic with great scenery, plenty of violence and absolutely no sense of adventure or excitement

Let’s party: Alexander Skarsgård plays an angry Viking in ‘The Northman’. THE NORTHMAN * (137 minutes) MA Set amidst a ...
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REVIEWS: The Good Boss; Happening; The Lost City; Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore; Everything Everywhere All At Once

Out of order: Javier Bardem plays an ambitious company head in ‘The Good Boss’. THE GOOD BOSS ***1/2 (120 minutes; ...
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REVIEWS: It Snows in Benidorm; Rabbit Academy; Memoria

Mid-life crisis: Timothy Spall plays a man out of sorts in ‘It Snows in Benidorm’. IT SNOWS IN BENIDORM **1/2 ...
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With ‘Ambulance’ action-movie supremo Michael Bay unleashes another hyper-kinetic boom-crash opera with no room for rest breaks

Brothers in arms: Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in Michael Bay’s ‘Ambulance’. AMBULANCE ***1/2 (136 minutes) MA However frenetic ...
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Strong starts resort to default horror schlock in scarefest offerings ‘Night’s End’ and ‘Broadcast Signal Intrusion’

Who’s there?: An agoraphobic vlogger has some surprise visitors in ‘Night’s End’. NIGHT’S END ** (80 minutes); BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION ...
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It looks and sounds pretty, yet the slickly made enviro-doco ‘Carbon: The Unauthorized Biography’ won’t win over those not already on side

Hazy days: The dowside of carbon is explored in ‘Carbon: The Unauthorized Biography’. CARBON: THE UNAUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY ** (89 minutes) ...
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Period heist comedy ‘The Duke’ an Ealing-style comedy charmer with winning performances from Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren

Night out: Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren star in the period comedy ‘The Duke’. THE DUKE ***1/2 (96 minutes) M ...
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The gloom-laden ‘Morbius’ offers fans another passable, if unremarkable superhero time-killer, spiced by a Goth-styled Jared Leto

Blood dude: Jared Leto brings some serious-actor heft to the superhero film ‘Morbius”. MORBIUS *** (104 minutes) M One of ...
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