From the Red Carpet: Sound of Metal – Deafness drama offers more than its simple premise but drags on when more urgency is needed

Heavy metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) has his life thrown into chaos as he suddenly loses his hearing while touring with bandmate and partner Lu (Olivia Cooke). Ruben wants to get his hearing back and return to the tour and life as normal; but when his inner demons rear their head, Ruben is forced to … Continue reading From the Red Carpet: Sound of Metal – Deafness drama offers more than its simple premise but drags on when more urgency is needed

An American Pickle – Surreal family comedy lays on easy laughs and moments of poignant, cross-generational triumph

Herschel (Seth Rogen) immigrates to New York with his wife in 1919 hoping for a better life; but then he falls into a vat of pickles and is preserved for a century. Re-emerging in modern Brooklyn, Herschel meets his great-grandson Ben (also Seth Rogen) and the two try to bond across generations and find happiness … Continue reading An American Pickle – Surreal family comedy lays on easy laughs and moments of poignant, cross-generational triumph

From the Red Carpet: Nomadland – Oscar-winner is worth the (road) trip, with superb acting and a melancholy sweetness

A widow (Frances McDormand) in her sixties who, after her husband dies and town is eviscerated by the 2008 Recession, packs her life into a van and embarks on a journey across the American Midwest, living as a modern-day nomad. In her travels she encounters people at crossroads in their life, searching for love, enough … Continue reading From the Red Carpet: Nomadland – Oscar-winner is worth the (road) trip, with superb acting and a melancholy sweetness

From the Red Carpet: Promising Young Woman – Gender revenge thriller intrigues but fails to live up to its big reputation

Cassie (Carey Mulligan), traumatized by a tragic event in her past, is drifting aimlessly through life working a dead-end job by day and toying with predatory men by night. However, a chance meeting with an old college friend reignites a fiery anger within and sets her out on a path for vengeance against those who … Continue reading From the Red Carpet: Promising Young Woman – Gender revenge thriller intrigues but fails to live up to its big reputation

Now on Amazon Prime: The Dissident – Documentary thriller unveils a world of global politics behind a single murder

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In 2018, Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi enters the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul – and never comes out. As his fiancée, Saudi Arabian dissidents around the world, and the Turkish authorities start to investigate the murder, they uncover a global cover up built on a decade of Saudi Arabia’s stranglehold over its people and … Continue reading Now on Amazon Prime: The Dissident – Documentary thriller unveils a world of global politics behind a single murder