Archive for January, 2018

Steven Soderbergh goes mobile with Unsane

— by CRAIG SMITH — Steven Soderbergh is no stranger to the Oscars thanks to his slick Hollywood fare, as fans of “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Erin Brockovich” will be quick to tell you. But his latest movie, the horror thriller “Unsane,” was shot entirely on iPhones. What’s more[...]

Films that merited Best Picture nominations

— by CRAIG SMITH — The following films have managed to receive not only critical praise but acclaim with audiences as well, and more than qualified for a nomination for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. Blade Runner 2049 The original “Blade Runner,” made back in 1982, turned out [...]

Review: The Post

— by RON WILKINSON — Director Steven Spielberg missed the boat with “The Post,” a mundane re-enactment of the Washington Post’s history-making role in the Pentagon Papers. Part of the problem is the work of first-time feature screenwriter Liz Hannah and emerging co-writer Josh Sing[...]

Amobee reveals 2018’s most anticipated films

— by CRAIG SMITH — Given how superheroes are currently dominating the marketplace, and that these types of films get an almost endless amount of publicity and hype that can start even years in advance, it should come as no surprise that, for the second year in a row, they are prevailing [...]

Neeson says accusations are going too far

— by CRAIG SMITH — Liam Neeson, part and parcel of the Hollywood A-list, is suggesting that the current treatment of some of the biggest celebrities in the world, such as Garrison Keillor, has become excessive. Neeson described the current wave of allegations of sexual misconduct sweepin[...]

Review: Phantom Thread

— by RON WILKINSON — Announced by Daniel Day-Lewis as his last film, the three-time Oscar-winner has opted to go out with dignity and grace. Nominated for a Golden Globe, and backed up by a Globe-nominated score by Jonny Greenwood, watching “Phantom Thread” is like walking through an[...]

Looking Back: The Top Movies of 2017

— by CRAIG SMITH — Last year was not a bad one in terms of movies, but like every industry, there were highs and lows in 2017. There were a number of excellent mainstream offerings – including “Baby Driver,” “Dunkirk” and “Thor: Ragnarok” – that managed to make an impress[...]

January is a prime time for ghost movies

— by CRAIG SMITH — “Insidious 5” was released on Jan. 5 to several thousand theatres across North America. Mainstream horror fans – made up of the audiences who flock to almost all of the horror movies that enjoy wide releases and then boo when they end – should be used to this. [...]

Five must-see movies from top directors

— by CRAIG SMITH — This year has a lot in store for movie fans, with new films coming in 2018 from some of the finest directors in history, including Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Guillermo del Toro and Terry Gilliam. Everyone is going to be making a point of seein[...]

DiCaprio set for Tarantino’s Manson film

— by CRAIG SMITH — Leonardo DiCaprio will be playing an actor getting on in years in the ninth offering by Quentin Tarantino, joining Margot Robbie, with the latter reportedly being lined up to take the role of Sharon Tate. A possible Pulp Fiction-Type ensemble piece DiCaprio’s role wi[...]

Excitement mounting for Black Panther

— by CRAIG SMITH — “Black Panther” is breaking records already, and looks sure to keep on. This film is also hopefully going to lead to an all-important shift in Hollywood. It looks like “Black Panther” may be Marvel’s biggest blockbuster yet. The studio’s eagerly-anticip[...]

Wahlberg donates money to Time’s Up Fund

— by CRAIG SMITH — Mark Wahlberg has donated the $1.5 million he took as a reward for film reshoots for “All the Money in the World” to the Time’s Up fund. Furthermore, he has done so in the name of his co-star, Michelle Williams, who was paid only $1,000 for the re-shoots that wer[...]