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Review: Voyagers

— by RON WILKINSON —

Thirty brainwashed kids and one semi-coherent adult launch in a spaceship on an 86-year mission that few of them will survive. What could go wrong? Well, anyone who watched “2001: A Space Odyssey” knows plenty can go wrong. If they also read “Lord of the Flies” nothing remains but to wait for the ending. Animals on an Ark, the eight-year-olds do not have to actually fly the ship, luckily, because there turns out to be so much else for them to do. Especially after the troublesome adult is electrocuted in a space accident. Grownups are such kill-joys anyway.

Writer/director Neil Burger starts off with a standard high-tech lab environment, except the kids are dressed in underwear. (CONTINUED)


Review: Every Breath You Take

— by RON WILKINSON — The usual trip to hockey practice turns into a fatal car crash that changes lives forever. Unfortunately it does not do much to change the lives of thousands of people watching this tedious drama cum thriller. The problem is the film makers cannot decide which it is, drama or thriller. […][...]


Review: The Man Who Sold His Skin

— by RON WILKINSON — A Syrian citizen makes a big mistake by heralding the revolution on a bus. Besotted with love, he proclaims his devotion to his lover and his freedom and promptly loses both. Luckily, there was a solution, a way to be free and be a patron of the arts at the […][...]


Review: Nina Wu

— by RON WILKINSON — The film medium is made for that marvelous merging of dreams and life. The ultimate dream for some, the dream of fame and fortune, awaits those who reach stardom. The trick is to achieve that pinnacle of success and keep one’s sanity, or one’s soul if you will. On another […][...]


Review: Red Soil

— by RON WILKINSON — Something nasty is afoot at the alumina plant. One of the few chemicals not yet squarely implicated in outright poisonings of local populations, aluminum and its chemical progeny have their dark side. As alumina is freed from Bauxite ore a red sludge is left behind that threatens to become the […][...]


Review: The Vault

— by RON WILKINSON — Walter and James had a right to be mad. After risking their lives recovering a priceless treasure stolen fair and square by Sir Francis Drake, Spain steals the treasure, fair and square, right back. There is no justice for gutsy cowboy tomb raiders these days. Get mad or get even, […][...]


Review: Da 5 Bloods

— by BEV QUESTAD — Vietnam, like slavery, is a scar on the American conscience. How four guys, approximately 50 years after serving together in Southeast Asia, were affected by their service is the story of this intense, ambitious film by the greatest director, Spike Lee. Lee brings together the racism, the atrocity, the insanity, […][...]


Review: My Name is Pedro

— by BEV QUESTAD — The guy is lovingly mistaken for Jesus with his dark wavy long hair, lovely smile, and golden face full of light, love and energy. The kids line the halls reaching for his hand. This used to be the assistant superintendent of secondary education for The East Ramapo Central School District, […][...]


Review: Truth to Power

— by BEV QUESTAD — “Art is the way to the heart. The hearts of men can and will change. That change changes the world.” Great was the hope, but little did Serj Tankian, now 53 years old, really consider that his music could bring down a government. Tankian’s great grandfather was killed in the […][...]