Monthly Archives: Jan 2020

Owning Mahowny (2003) – Review

Dan Mahowny (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is a man struggling to get through a gambling problem, or as he refers to it as, a financial problem. A rising star in his profession (banking), this story superbly portrays the effects of his actions on not only himself but his colleagues, friends and partner Belinda (Minnie Driver).

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Chips (2017) – Review

A high-tempo’d comedy centering around a rookie highway patrol officer, Jon Baker (Dax Shepard), who is teamed with a hard-edged pro, Frank Poncherello aka Ponch (Michael Pena), despite not knowing that his new partner is actually an undercover FBI agent that is involved in the heist of a large amount of corrupt cops. A really entertaining and genuinely funny at times movie that is worth the one-hundred and one minute runtime. It’s worth noting that this review was based solely on the movie I watched at the time and not the TV series that this is known for.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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The Irishman (2019) – Review

Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) is man coming to the end of his life, reflecting on the moments that defined his mob career, in particularly getting involved with Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) and consequently Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) – a powerful man tied closely with organised crime, who vanished mysterious in late July, 1975. A sensational, well-made movie, that is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Marriage Story (2019) – Review

As the award season approaches, Marriage Story presents us with a thought provoking, insightful and empathetic look at a couple, Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlett Johansson), who are struggling to get through a marriage breakup, while trying to protect their eight-year-old child, Henry (Azhy Robertson). One of the most emotionally draining films of the year, for sure, that is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Destination Wedding (2018) – Review

The is a typical romantic story of Frank (Keanu Reeves) and Lindsay (Winona Ryder), a miserable, middle aged pair that are coupled together for a wedding they were both initially reluctant to attend, but after bonding over their mutual hatred of pretty much everything, they develop an affection towards each other. An okay movie, especially if you’re hoping to kill some time – Destination Wedding is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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The Revenant (2015) – Review

Set in 1820’s America, frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) enrolls on a classic tale of survival and revenge after suffering devastating injuries from a savage bear attack, along with finding out that his son has been murdered. The grief-stricken father must conjure together every bit of energy and expertise to trek through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the man who was the one to kill his only son. A visually impressive movie that is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Venom (2018) – Review

Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), a reporter living in San Francisco, struggles when his life seemingly turns upside down overnight, after digging too deep when investigating something called the “Life Foundation”. A humourous at times, yet equally as brutal movie that may not have quite lived up to heights some had initially expected.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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Father of the Year (2018) – Review

David Spade stars as a deadbeat father, whose son comes home to visit before embarking on his dream job in New York. Relationships are strained, futures potentially destroyed and there’s a lot of crash landings, but at least there’s a happy ending in typical cliché movie fashion. Father of the Year is currently stream on Netflix.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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