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

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

New to Disney+: Soul – ‘Inside Out for adults’ offers the same comedic and beautiful introspective look at what makes people tick

A teacher (Jamie Foxx) desperately fighting for his chance to become a jazz musician is transported out of his body. He must find his way back to himself with the help of a soul still finding her way (Tina Fey) in the ‘Great Before’ – the place where all souls learn about what makes them … Continue reading New to Disney+: Soul – ‘Inside Out for adults’ offers the same comedic and beautiful introspective look at what makes people tick

Now on Amazon Prime: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – Cohen’s Kazakh comic is back in a sequel with a lot more teeth

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It’s been 14 years since Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) embarked on his American road trip to gain cultural learnings. He’s spent the interim in a gulag as punishment for his failure. But now he has a shot at redemption. The Kazakhstan government has asked him to deliver a gift to the US presidential hierarchy; a … Continue reading Now on Amazon Prime: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – Cohen’s Kazakh comic is back in a sequel with a lot more teeth

Now on Amazon Prime: Dating Amber – Sincere coming-of-age rom-com reflects society’s progress – and the work still to do

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Kildare, Ireland. 1995. Two outcasts (Fionn O'Shea and Lola Petticrew) in their final year of school have more to contend with than homework and the boredom of life in rural Ireland – both are gay. To cover it up, they decide to start a pretend relationship in order to fit in. Dating Amber is a … Continue reading Now on Amazon Prime: Dating Amber – Sincere coming-of-age rom-com reflects society’s progress – and the work still to do