Review: Sami Blood

— by RON WILKINSON — In a setting as forbidding as it is beautiful, 14-year-old Elle Marja ropes, tackles and then caresses a reindeer on the frozen ground. She is a young adult member of the Sami people and she is expected to pull her own weight. With the frozen arctic skies as her backdrop […][...]

DC fans relieved as Wonder Woman wows critics

It would be fair to say that previous female-fronted superhero efforts have fallen fairly flat and even the most ardent DC fans could have been forgiven for being a little trepidatious when Wonder Woman hit the big screen on June 2 earlier this year. Perhaps the most high-profile example of such a flop was DC’s […][...]

Review: Lost in Lebanon

— by BEV QUESTAD — “Lost in Lebanon” is a film dear to my heart because when I went to school there, the same frustrating problem that was happening with the Palestinians in 1969 to 1970 is happening now with the Syrians. I returned to Beirut last year to honor my dearest professor, Dr. Charles […][...]

Review: Dawson City: Frozen in Time

— by RON WILKINSON — Imagine walking into a theater in 1910 and watching the newest silent melodrama in town. There are struggles for manly supremacy and vindication, hilarious slapstick, near and actual collisions between people, trains, horses, cars, buildings, dogs and trees and, of course, womanly virtue at stake at every turn. You see […][...]

Review: Black Code

— by BEV QUESTAD — “There is an obvious candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize and that’s Edward Snowden,” said Jon Karlung, CEO of Bahnhof, a Swedish Internet service provider in Stockholm that can monitor the monitors. Edward Snowden, a US citizen in exile in Russia, has alerted the world that the US routinely captures […][...]

Review: Berlin Syndrome

— by RON WILKINSON — Emerging director Cate Shortland’s kidnap thriller “Berlin Syndrome” is well done but adds little to the genre. Australian photojournalist Clare (Teresa Palmer) meets college writing professor Andi (Max Riemelt) and the two instantly fall in lust. There is a one-night stand that could have developed into something more. But, as […][...]

Review: The Good Postman

— by BEV QUESTAD — The genius of this documentary, set in a tiny town in Bulgaria, is that it is a microcosm of the world. While the citizens of Great Dervent, Bulgaria, fear change, strangers, unemployment and loneliness, their major contentious issue in a recent election is what to do about the Syrian refugees […][...]

Review: The Beguiled

— by RON WILKINSON — Filled with the simmering sensuality of Nicole Kidman’s “Dogville,” this movie starts out slow and builds to a delicious climax. Based on the 1966 novel by Thomas Cullinan, the story starts with a young girl from the nearby Farnsworth Seminary singing in the Virginia forest. She is startled to find […][...]

Review: The Mummy

— by RON WILKINSON — Tom Cruise is back, heading a star-studded cast and crew in the kick-off flick of the summer B-movie season. He reprises his Maverick role as Nick, an uber-soldier who must do it his way. Along with nominal buddy Jake Johnson (TV’s “New Girl”) as Chris, Nick wades through decades-old action […][...]

Review: Wakefield

— by RON WILKINSON — The superficial story is one of a man who is fed up and not taking it any more. Nobody appreciates him, so he is going to deprive them of that most valuable thing in their lives. Himself. So begins writer/director Robin Swicord’s film adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s adaptation of Nathaniel […][...]