Cousins – Family drama interweaves the experiences of three Māori cousins over a lifetime of struggle, heartbreak, and love

Six decades of life sets out a very different path for the three Pairama cousins. Even as we meet Mata (Tanea Heke), Makareta (Briar Grace Smith) and Missy (Rachel House) in the modern day, we are thrown back into their experiences of relationships, traumas, and growing up as a Māori woman in New Zealand, and … Continue reading Cousins – Family drama interweaves the experiences of three Māori cousins over a lifetime of struggle, heartbreak, and love

New to Disney+: Luca – Italian seaside coming-of-age story leans on childhood summer nostalgia and vivid visuals to pad out middling story

Luca (voiced by Jacob Trembaly) lives an idyllic but lonely life on the stunning Italian Riviera, safe but sheltered from adventure. That is until he meets new friend Alberto (voice of Jack Dylan Grazer) and they begin exploring a world they couldn’t have imagined. Life above the surface is amazing – especially if you are … Continue reading New to Disney+: Luca – Italian seaside coming-of-age story leans on childhood summer nostalgia and vivid visuals to pad out middling story

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