New to Netflix: Da 5 Bloods – Spike Lee’s Vietnam war drama makes bold political statements, even if the conflict drags on

Four African-American vets reunite after years apart on a trip to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squadron leader and a stash of gold he helped them hide. But the Bloods will have to face the challenges of the Vietnamese jungle, bandits, and the unresolved trauma of their years spent at war before they … Continue reading New to Netflix: Da 5 Bloods – Spike Lee’s Vietnam war drama makes bold political statements, even if the conflict drags on

One from TriCoast: Blood Hunters: The Rise of the Hybrids – Filipino action-thriller drags despite its rapid runtime

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A team of highly trained hunters and assassins, the Slayers, face down superhuman, beast-like cannibals known as Aswang terrorising local communities. It’s a matter of life or death as the groups collide with the fate of many lives at stake. Asian martial arts films have a peculiar appeal for fans of the action genre. As … Continue reading One from TriCoast: Blood Hunters: The Rise of the Hybrids – Filipino action-thriller drags despite its rapid runtime

1917 – Visionary epic delivers all of the grandeur and horror of World War One with the simplest story

Lance Corporals Blake and Schofield (Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay) are hurriedly dispatched to pass a message across the front halting another division from attacking the German lines. If the pair succeed, they will prevent 1,600 soldiers from dying – Blake’s brother among them – but to get there they must face every horror the … Continue reading 1917 – Visionary epic delivers all of the grandeur and horror of World War One with the simplest story

New to Netflix: The King – Dour royal drama doggedly aims to reinvent the Shakespearean story, and fails

Prince Henry (Timothée Chalamet) is forced to cast aside his drunken antics and issues with his family after his father dies and he becomes a king. But even as he tries to become a peaceful monarch, palace politics and conflict with France may make him the tyrant he always sought to reject. In Netflix’s world … Continue reading New to Netflix: The King – Dour royal drama doggedly aims to reinvent the Shakespearean story, and fails

Joker – ‘Dark DC’ gets darker (but not smarter) in tragic Joker origin story

As Gotham City tenses amidst a garbage strike, struggling comedian and clown Arthur Fleck deteriorates before the cold eyes of those he knows and an even more uncaring society. His downward spiral of mental anguish and crushed hope sets off a domino effect of criminal behaviour – until the Joker is born. Few superhero films … Continue reading Joker – ‘Dark DC’ gets darker (but not smarter) in tragic Joker origin story