ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL – Our heroine is here to kick ass and that should be enough

What makes Alita so special? It’s the only real question I had going into Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Alita: Battle Angel’. My loose knowledge of this Anime/Manga adaptation had me looking towards the likes of ‘Akira’, ‘Ghost in a Shell’ and even ‘Blade Runner’ as I tried to measure expectations. The lengthy development period had me primed… Read More ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL – Our heroine is here to kick ass and that should be enough

THE BURIAL OF KOJO heading to Netflix; Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY acquires Blitz Bazawule’s debut film

Probably the most captivating piece of Ghanaian cinema since Kwaw Ansah was is in his prime is heading for Netflix. Blitz ‘The Ambassador’ Bazawule’s ‘The Burial of Kojo’ has been acquired by Ava Duvernay’s production company ARRAY (Array Releasing) for distribution and will hit start streaming on March 31. This marks the 22nd acquisition for… Read More THE BURIAL OF KOJO heading to Netflix; Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY acquires Blitz Bazawule’s debut film

COLD PURSUIT – Liam Neeson leads this jet black revenge flick

So, Liam Neeson dug a deep hole for himself ahead of the release of his latest film ‘Cold Pursuit’. Friends and colleagues have had to assure me that it will all be alright in the end for Neeson, that tanking the publicity for ‘Cold Pursuit’ and admitting to a racist blood lust wouldn’t drown out… Read More COLD PURSUIT – Liam Neeson leads this jet black revenge flick

HIGH FLYING BIRD – Soderbergh shakes all the tables in this slick sports drama

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘High Flying Bird’, produced by Netflix, is among other things a politically charged heist movie. Yes, on the surface it’s a sports drama about the minutia of an NBA lockout and how an agent and a prized client navigate their way through it, but we are working with an incredibly smart and layered screenplay… Read More HIGH FLYING BIRD – Soderbergh shakes all the tables in this slick sports drama

FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES – Stimulating South African western with a great sense of mood

The window to one’s soul is through the eyes, we are told time and time again. But sometimes the hands of a man can paint an accurate portrait of his essence as South African director Michael Matthews shows in his 2017 debut feature ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’. He does so in a manner that recalled… Read More FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES – Stimulating South African western with a great sense of mood

CLOSE – An emotional core seasons this gritty bodyguard thriller

January, action and 90-minute running times. Just a few of my favorite things. After weeks of mulling over prestige products as we enter Oscar season, spending time with Noomi Rapace in Netflix’s bodyguard thriller ‘Close’, was a welcome reprieve for aficionados of the genre, even if the film itself isn’t breaking new grounds. It doesn’t… Read More CLOSE – An emotional core seasons this gritty bodyguard thriller

GLASS – An insipid failure in character with utter contempt for superheroes

The shatter and brittle puns should be out in full force. ‘Glass’ was not good. Following a week where John Wick laced its boots to enter the echelon of masterful trilogy’s, M. Night Shyamalan’s sneaky superhero trilogy proved to have too much of glass jaw to go the distance. It’s all about expectations. The world… Read More GLASS – An insipid failure in character with utter contempt for superheroes

LIONHEART – Nnaji’s tidy debut is unlikely to outgrow its Netflix subplot

The Genevieve Nnaji-directed ‘Lionheart’ opens with the intersection of violence and the mundane I hope a Nigerian filmmaker tackles one day. The eponymous transport company, based in Enugu, is overrun by men demanding payment for helping fill seats in their buses. They troop in with a sense of entitlement roughing up workers as onlookers stand… Read More LIONHEART – Nnaji’s tidy debut is unlikely to outgrow its Netflix subplot

THE GODFATHER – Family, power and violence collide in this astonishing epic

In a previous life, before what we could call, for want of a better word, my cinematic rebirth (or my Scorsese phase), I associated ‘The Godfather’ with bloodied silk sheets, the grisly image of a decapitated horse’s head and the visceral shrieks of a grown man that put Jamie Lee Curtis to shame. I can’t… Read More THE GODFATHER – Family, power and violence collide in this astonishing epic

Family, trauma mesh with immense sensitivity in the stunning LEAVE NO TRACE

‘Leave No Trace’ is one of those films I will never truly appreciate till I have a kid. The world of cinema has seen countless portrayals heartfelt parent-child relationships and I am still at the phase where siding with the children in the equation comes more naturally. But it’s clear writer/director Debra Granik is telling… Read More Family, trauma mesh with immense sensitivity in the stunning LEAVE NO TRACE