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Review: Little Joe

— by RON WILKINSON —

There is something about the way that Alice (Emily Beecham) is so heavily made-up that suggests the ethereal. This will be a dreamlike movie, so drop the niggling techie criticisms and get your unconscious in gear. The modern corporation has created a team of super-brains to breed a new flower to make a bunch of money, and the team is on the eve of a tremendous breakthrough. The flower is thriving and the team is happy and the flower is happy and the team is talking to the flower. This may not end well.

“Flowers for Algernon” meets “Alien” is this cautionary sci-fi romp through the risky world of bio-engineering. Single mom Alice is struggling to keep up with the emotions, and intelligence, of her teen son Joe, whose demands of her time and affection compete with her drive and ambition as the alpha botanist for a miracle flower. (CONTINUED)


The Top 5 Christmas Movies of All Time

Christmas is a time for family, food and — perhaps most importantly — films. When you have finally got rid of the in-laws and you are happily slumped on your sofa in a post-turkey food coma, nothing beats watching classic festive movies on Christmas Day. From cosy rom-coms like “Love Actually” and “The Holiday” to […][...]


Who are 2019’s highest-paid actors?

— by BERNARD OZ — Forbes’ ranking of 2019’s highest-paid actors has been released, and occupying the top three of the list is the trio of Dwayne Johnson, Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr. According to Forbes, Dwayne Johnson – who featured in movies such as “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” and “Fighting […][...]


Review: Saving Atlantis

— by BEV QUESTAD — Plato mentioned that Atlantis was the unfortunate, great kingdom that fought and lost to mighty Athens. Also losing favor from the gods, Atlantis was so totally destroyed that it was overcome by the sea. While subsequent writers have found evidence that Atlantis was overcome by an earthquake, others posit the […][...]


Jackie Chan’s Top 5 Movies

— by BERNARD OZ — Those of our readers who were around in the early to late 1980s will most likely list Jackie Chan as one of their favourite actors. The Hong Kong-born martial arts master had his first film role in the year 1976. He was hired by a producer reportedly because of his […][...]


Review: American Muslim

— by BEV QUESTAD — Two rabbis organize a supportive, protective chain outside a Brooklyn mosque where Muslims come to pray each Friday. Touched by their connection to a heritage of suffering, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and Rabbi Marisa Elana James, along with congregants from Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, have come here every Friday afternoon since […][...]


Review: Joker

A new release from the DC comics movie universe, “Joker” tells the story of Arthur Fleck, a bullied and isolated man who suffers a mental breakdown. Played by Joaquin Phoenix, the actor takes the audience into a moral dilemma, asking them to have compassion for a clearly disenfranchised man who displays extreme anti-social behavior. This […][...]


Review: Scandalous

— by RON WILKINSON — When The National Enquirer founder Generoso Pope Jr. hit upon the journalistic idea of the century he thought he had a good thing. The trick was a two-pronged attack to give readers what they wanted, Olympian size schadenfreude, and put the paper where they could see it, at the supermarket […][...]


Review: Radioflash

— by RON WILKINSON — A flash and the lights go off. There is no power. After a while there is still no power. The power is off everywhere. At least everywhere in the film studio. Luckily, we have this old HAM amateur radio. Let’s connect the car battery to the power plug and see […][...]