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  •  Paradise City (2022):

    This is a terrible movie with some laughable dialogue that is not meant to be funny, but it’s worth watching for its landmark issues. It stars Bruce Willis and John Travolta, working together for the first time since “Pulp Fiction.” What we see on the screen makes it clear that both actors have surpassed their best-before dates. In fact, this is the last movie for Willis who has retired from acting because of his aphasia which makes it impossible for him to remember his lines or to speak properly. His career over the past four years, has consisted of these direct-to-video, low-budget projects and for him, that is all she wrote after this one. The story is about a young man, Ryan Swan (Blake Jenner), who has to work his way through the complicated fabric of the crime world in Hawaii, seeking revenge on the criminals who murdered his father. The best part of the film is that, like the TV series “Hawaii Five-O” is that it makes maximum use of the Island environment literally having Hawaii as an additional character in the film. The plot is predictable with a couple of chase scenes that are well executed, but the major reason for watching this will be to see Willis at the end of his acting career, and to see Travolta chewing up the scenery. Rated 14A.


  • The Loneliest Boy in the World (2022):

    This is a modern fairy-tale of sorts, in which a boy who has lived an extremely sheltered life, with his mother smothering him, controlling him, and making certain that he wants for nothing, finds himself alone when she dies in an horrific and tragic way. The story moves from fairy-tale to horror-thriller when Oliver (Max Harwood of “Everybody’s Talking About Jaimie”) is forced to dig up his own friends and to make his own way. Turns out the friends he is digging up are being reanimated into zombies, and now he has two problems – no friends, and creatures who just want to put the bite on him. It is here that the format swerves again, and moves from horror to comedy and to a sitcom-like world where family values are being skewed and the nuclear family might be a more likely event, as long as it’s okay that some of them are dead. It’s not for everyone, but it has its funnier moments, it has enough gore to make its teenage audience say, “ohh … gross!) and its performances are just fine and include a nice turn by Hero Fiennes Tiffin (“The Woman King”).

  • Lifemark (2022):

    This faith-based film from the Kendrick Brothers who have made many similarly-themed movies is the story of 18-year-old Dave, a young man whose life is really just beginning, but is turned upside down when he is contacted by his birth mother. Kirk Cameron both stars and helped produce the story that unravels as we learn about Dave's mother's decision to have an abortion, and then had a change of mind. Now, with the son at an age where he can make decisions for himself, she reaches out to him on social media and wants to meet him. Dave has been living with his adoptive parents since he was just two weeks old, and their issues as well as his heighten the drama in this based-on-actual events story. The movie was in theatres for one week only ... in the States it was been barred from some areas because it dealt with the subject of abortion, but it also deals with the realities and the joys of adoption, which seemed to get lost in the controversy. Rated 14A.

  • The Swimmers (2022):

    Yusra and Sara Mardini are a pair of Syrian sisters who, in 2015, fled the civil war in their home country to find themselves on a rubber raft in the middle of the Aegean Sea with a number of other refugees who had fled to Lebanon, then to Turkey, and ultimately to Greece when the overloaded raft ran into trouble. The two sisters, along with another two people who could swim, were responsible for saving the lives of all on board. One year later, Yusra was competing in the Olympics in Rio as part of the 2016 Refugee team. This dramatic biography was shot on location in all the places that the girls had fled, hidden in, and looked for salvation in before becoming heroes. Rated 14A.


    Slumberland (2022):

    A good cast shows up for this adventure story that will appeal to children 8 or 10 and up. Based on the comic book series "Little Nemo in Slumberland '' by Winston McClay, we follow the adventures of a tweenage girl named Nemo and her eccentric companion Flip (Jason Mamoa) who come together after Nemo's father Peter (Kyle Chandler goes missing at sea. Set in the Pacific Northwest, but shot in Toronto, we follow Nemo as she is sent to live with relatives in the big city, a place foreign to her after the coastline life she had been living. While struggling in a new school with new people all around her, Nemo finds a secret map which hooks her up with Flip, and begins a challenging journey through lands of dreams and nightmares that she believes will help reunite her with her lost father. Rated PG.

New on CRAVE

The Serpent Queen (2022) (TV Series):

The only snakes and serpents in this historical drama are of the human variety as we get an eight-part series based on Leona Friede's book "Catherine de Medici, Renaissance Queen of France." Samantha Morton ("Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them") plays the title role here. She was queen of France by marriage to King Henry II for a dozen years and became one of the most significant political voices of her generation. After the death of her husband, she continued to become increasingly more influential, pulling the strings on the reigns of her subsequent sons who had no idea of the extent to which they were being manipulated. For most of the 16th century she was the most important woman in Europe, and was known for her ruthlessness and for her ability to make ground-breaking decisions with no concern for the human price. Rated 14A.



My Policeman (2022):

In 1950s London, we become acquainted with a young police officer named Tom (Harry Styles), a teacher named Marion (Emma Corrin), and a museum curator named Patrick (David Dawson). The morals and the conduct of those days is significantly different than what is acceptable in today's world, and the relationship between the three, in those early days not long after WWII, evolves into and emotional firestorm in which alliances are made and lost and regrets hang heavily in the air as the trio struggles with their respective relationship issues. Then, a flash forward to the 1990s, and our trio come together again, still full of remorse and hurt from the events of the past, but they feel they have one last chance to heal the wounds that still fester, and to heal the damage that was near fatal at a psychological level. A character study with a level of intensity that may be too strong for some viewers. Rated 18A.


New on DISNEY + /Star

Disenchanted (2022):

Amy Adams and much of the original cast, including James Marsden and Patrick Dempsey, show up 15 years after the movie "Enchanted" graced the big screen and was a blockbuster hit bringing in more than $350 million. In that film, Princess Giselle (Adams), living in an animated fairytale land, was just biding her time and singing her songs while she waited for Prince Charming. He showed up in the person of Prince Edward (Marsden) and the day before their marriage, a tragedy befell the princess. At the hands of an evil hag (Susan Sarandon), she was dumped into a well, which was actually a conduit between two worlds, the animate land of Andalasia, and now, the harsh, racaus world of New York City, complete with honking taxis and frenetic pedestrians. There she met a divorce lawyer named Robert Philip (Dempsey) and eventually fell in love, married, and lived happily ... well, not quite ever after. As this new story opens, it is 10 years later and Giselle and her husband are moving to the suburbs with their child and new baby in tow. On arrival, it's clear that something isn't quite right as their new home in Monroeville seems to be under the control of Malvina Monroe (Maya Rudolph) who is not what she seems. As Giselle struggles with this new twist, she makes a wish, wanting everything to be a perfect fairy-tale. The spell backfires and it turns both her live-action world and the animated world of Andalasia upside down. There are more songs in this sequel than in the original, a good account given by Idena Menzel who once again plays Nancy. Rated PG.

New on Apple +

Spirited (2022):
Just when you thought you had seen every possible variation on the Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol," from the Muppets to George C. Scott, to the Alistair Sim version from 1951, along comes a truly different twist. Set in the present day, the star here, the Scrooge of the story, is a character named Clint Briggs (Ryan Reynolds). As expected, he is a miserable soul given to creating chaos and grief all around himself through his thoughtless, sometimes mean, stingy mannerisms. As Christmas Eve approaches, Briggs is visited by the first of three ghosts, this one being the spirit of Christmas Present played by Will Farrell. Each Christmas Eve, this spirit seeks out a wretched person to reform, and this time it's Briggs. Unlike Dickens' original story, Briggs turns the tables on the ghost and soon has Christmas Present examining his own past, present and future, completely forgetting the original mission. This is the first version of "A Christmas Carol" told from the perspective of the spirits themselves, Past, Present, and Future, and it's clear that they picked on the wrong Scrooge this time. Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer also stars, as does Sunita Mani from the series GLOW, as the spirit of Christmas Past. An interesting spin on an old classic, and a musical version at that. Rated PG.