Movies & Streaming Reviews

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


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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Deliriously fun from go-to-whoa, ‘The Bad Guys’ delivers a thrill ride blending great action with a strong story that challenges stereotypes

Say cheese: The gang from ‘The Bad Guys’, likely the first of a series of animated larks. THE BAD GUYS ...
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It’s a fine, understated tearjerker, yet ‘Nowhere Special’ can leave you wishing there was more to the tale of a terminally ill dad and his son

Father and son: Daniel Lamont and James Norton in ‘Nowhere Special’. NOWHERE SPECIAL **1/2 (95 minutes) M The deal we ...
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Horror movie ‘X’ embraces a slow-burn old-school style, to great effect

Shooting stars: A group of porno filmmakers in 1979 get their schedule derailed in ‘X’. X ***1/2 (106 minutes) R18+ ...
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Eco-doc ‘River’, a lyrical, visually beautiful ode to the power and fragility of rivers that mesmerizes – despite an unnecessary narration

River of life: Music and cinematography are splendidly blended in the documentary ‘River’. RIVER **** (75 minutes) There’s an absolutely ...
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