Movies & Streaming Reviews

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


Sofia Coppola delivers a subtle, rich portrait of The King’s wife in ‘Priscilla’; Action man Jason Statham growls his way through the perfectly serviceable ‘The Beekeeper’

The King’s wife: Cailee Spaeny in ‘Priscilla’. PRISCILLA ***1/2 (110 minutes) M In what is easily her best film since ...
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The movie musical adaptation of ‘The Color Purple’ is a beautifully-rendered, uplifting tale of sisterly love, defiance and personal courage

Sisterly bond: Fantasia Barrino and Halle Bailey in ‘The Color Purple’. THE COLOR PURPLE **** (141 minutes) M Though it ...
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A bulked up Zac Efron rules in top sports drama ‘The Iron Claw’; Silly fun with animated lark ‘The Jungle Bunch 2’

Bulking up: Zac Efron in ‘The Iron Claw’. THE IRON CLAW ***1/2 (132 minutes) MA While ingesting the excellent period ...
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‘Boy Swallows Universe’: rambling, overlong drug-drenched crime melodrama has some solid stretches but ultimately crashes into a cluster of B-movie clichés

Feisty child: Felix Cameron in ‘Boy Swallows Universe’. BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE ** (396 minutes; six hours, 36 minutes; seven episodes) ...
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‘Mean Girls’ is a bright, timely musical comedy; Paul Giamatti gleams in ‘The Holdovers’; ‘The Canterville Ghost’, a talky, so-so animated lark

Teen queen: Angourie Rice in ‘Mean Girls’. MEAN GIRLS ***1/2 (112 minutes) PG A sad yet unavoidable irony underscores the ...
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Ten Films that Shook the Year – 2023 in review

Big Daddy: Cillian Murphy in ‘Oppenheimer’: Film of the Year. Easily. It doesn’t take a genius or even a low-flying ...
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‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ chimes in as a perfectly passable, if unremarkable and predictable superhero lark

Back for more: Jason Momoa returns in ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’. AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM *** (124 minutes) ...
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