Movies & Streaming Reviews

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


‘Flux Gourmet’ a fun arthouse lark; Teen romance-gone-wrong in the painful ‘After Ever Happy’

For art’s sake: The quest for artistic integrity gets messy in ‘Flux Gourmet’. FLUX GOURMET *** (111 minutes) MA As ...
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Stallone The Elder again plays into his vintage age in the enjoyable post-prime superhero action-drama ‘Samaritan’

He’s so shy: Sylvester Stallone plays a retired superhero in ‘Samaritan’. SAMARITAN *** (102 minutes) M Showing just how smart ...
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A rare prequel oozing with originality and style, ‘Orphan: First Kill’ delivers a classy, chilly, violent psychological thriller for adults

Psycho in pigtails: Isabelle Fuhrman returns as Esther in ‘Orphan: First Kill’. ORPHAN: FIRST KILL ***1/2 (98 minutes) MA Little ...
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After a strong opening reel, George Miller’s fantasy tale ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’ goes off-road and off beam

Magic Man: Tinda Swinton and Idris Elba in ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’. THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING * (108 ...
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The largely lame C-grade horror of ‘The Invitation’ is passable mulch for the easily pleased, not so much for those wanting something fresh

What’s that noise?: Nathalie Emmanuel works hard in the horror film ‘The Invitation’. THE INVITATION *1/2 (105 minutes) MA Talk ...
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Fun holiday misadventure with ‘Beast’, a munch’n’crunch lark as a big lion chows down on a trapped family headed by a harried Idris Elba

Panic stations: Idris Elba plays a frightened father in ‘Beast’. BEAST *** (93 minutes) MA Some very impressive single-take camera ...
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The remarkable Australian drama ‘Blaze’ is a truly unique film that dives into the damaged mind of a girl who witnesses a sexual assault

Fire of rage: A teenage girl (Julia Savage) witnesses a brutal crime in ‘Blaze’. BLAZE ****1/2 (101 minutes) MA It ...
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