Movies & Streaming Reviews

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


Sincerity overcomes some clumsy direction in the dog movie ‘Dog’

Bonding time: Channing Tatum plays an ex-soldier who befriends an unruly army dog in ‘Dog’. DOG *** (101 minutes) M ...
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‘Friends and Strangers’: a deliciously absurdist riddle of a film that toys with audience expectations and plays against convention

Friendly visit: Fergus Wilson and Greg Zimbulis talk renovations in ‘Friends and Strangers’. FRIENDS AND STRANGERS **** (82 minutes) MA15+ ...
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Visually stunning surf movie ‘Facing Monsters’ takes us into the heart and head of a premium surfer and raises tough questions about risk

Waterwall: Surfer Kerby Brown rides the face of a giant wave in ‘Facing Monsters’. FACING MONSTERS ***1/2 (94 minutes) M ...
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Shambolic rom-com ‘Book of Love’ can’t generate chemistry, comedy or even a decent degree of believability in its predictable premise

No spark: Verónica Echegui and Sam Claflin in the rom-com ‘Book of Love’ BOOK OF LOVE * (106 minutes) M ...
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‘Blind Ambition’: an inspiring, humanist tale of personal courage, spiritual endurance, refugees seeking a better life – and wine

Eyes on the prize: Four refugees from Zimbabwe dream big in ‘Blind Ambition’. BLIND AMBITION *** (96 minutes) M Just ...
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‘Fresh’, a pitch-black #metoo horror comedy for those hungry for something different, with echoes of Davids Lynch & Cronenberg

Dance break: Sebastian Stan and Daisy Edgar-Jones get down in ‘Fresh’. FRESH *** (114 minutes) MA Those sorry old sods ...
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‘No Exit’ a well-done, if generic locked-in suspense-thriller

Snowed in: Havana Rose Liu plays a woman stuck in a blizzard in ‘No Exit’. NO EXIT *** (96 minutes) ...
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All hail ‘The Batman’: well-directed but rather unexciting and visually bleak, it’s good but not great, going heavy on drama, light on action

Suiting up: Robert Pattinson as the titular anti-hero in ‘The Batman’. THE BATMAN *** (176 minutes) M At this particular ...
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From The Foo Fighters comes the travesty of ‘Studio 666’, an embarrassing, inept horror-comedy debacle that will insult fans of the band and the genre alike

Grohl ghoul: Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl acts up in ‘Studio 666’. STUDIO 666 1/2 a star (107 minutes) ...
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The exquisite pain of unrequited love gets a solid, if sternly dramatic reworking in ‘Cyrano’, history’s first case of catfishing

Pining for love: Haley Bennett, as the unattainable object of desire, and Peter Dinklage, as the doomed romantic, in ‘Cyrano’ ...
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