NEW YORK – The Ukrainian Museum in New York has been hosting its UM Film Festival for 10 years now. For 2019, Programs Director Hania Krill-Pyziur selected and introduced four contemporary films, of which three were documentaries. Several directors and other experts were on hand to talk with movie lovers over three days from May 31 to June 2. Two of the films screened were clear hits, while the remaining two missed the mark.“Crimea: Russia’s Dark Secret,” 2018Running a compact 48 minutes, “Crimea: Russia’s Dark Secret” is an excellent and moving documentary. It was produced for Aljazeera broadcast by Lisa Yasko, founder of Yellow Blue Strategy NGO, which is devoted to pro-Ukrainian cultural diplomacy through events and filmmaking. (Readers may recall that Ms. Yasko sang and played piano on the frigid Maidan barricades.)Director Jamie Doran is an award-winning Irish-Scottish independent documentary filmmaker and former BBC producer. Mr. … [Read more...] about FILM REVIEW: At The Ukrainian Museum’s film festival
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0 Have your say Comic book adaptation Brightburn has plenty of promise but fails to ignite, while a documentary about Diego Maradona shows how the footballer’s career crashed and burned. Reviews by Alistair Harkness Brightburn (15) **Diego Maradona (12A) ***Prophecy (15) **** We the Animals (15) **Imagine if Superman was born bad. That’s the starting point for new comic book movie Brightburn. Unfortunately this also appears to be as far as the filmmaking team – led by producer James Gunn – got when they made it. Though not affiliated with Superman or DC comics, it follows the Superman creation myth so closely – alien baby, fictional Kansas setting, adoptive farmer parents, kryptonite-style vulnerability – that simply inverting the outcome transforms it into little more than a cynical, nihilistic parody of the character’s early years. That’s a shame because there’s a lot of deliciously nasty potential … [Read more...] about Film reviews: Brightburn
FILM REVIEW: HELLBOY (15) SHOWCASE CINEMA DE LUX PETERBOROUGH, OUT NOW CAST: DAVID HARBOUR, IAN McSHANE, MILLA JOVOVICH, DANIEL DAE KIM, SASHA LANE, PENELOPE MITCHELL, SOPHIE OKONEDO, ALISTAIR PETRIE, MARIO DE LA ROSA, THOMAS HADEN CHURCH & THE VOICE OF STEPHEN GRAHAM RUNNING TIME: 2 HRS DIRECTOR: NEIL MARSHALL Watching this was like experiencing Hell on Earth.What an absolutely pointless reboot Hellboy is.For years, fanboys were clamouring for a third instalment to the Ron Perlman and Guillermo Del Toro-led Hellboy (the 2004 and 2008 films) – but despite being widely-respected and critically-acclaimed, box office receipts weren’t quite enough to go ahead.Well, timed passed, and a couple of years back – with David Harbour being a major player in hit series Stranger Things – a reboot was planned that would hopefully power through the box office ceiling that studio execs were clamouring for.But this has sadly bombed – and it’s not hard to see … [Read more...] about FILM REVIEW: Hellboy? It sure was for our critic!
Florida, 1919. Having lost an arm in the First World War, Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) returns to Max Medici’s (Danny DeVito) struggling circus, alongside everybody’s favourite elephant, with his big ocean blue eyes and lovably floppy ears. However, when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets lurk beneath its shiny veneer.The premise had me hooked when I fist saw the trailer back in November. Unfortunately, Tim Burton’s reincarnation of 1941`s much loved Disney classic is a sentimental but emotionally vacant live action imitation.Taken from a tale by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl, we all know the story of the young circus elephant that makes friends with a mouse to achieve his full potential after being ridiculed for having enormous ears: the ugly duckling that becomes a swan in flight.That was packed with charm, warmth and heartache. This offering is pretty dull, and, while Dumbo does fly, the movie certainly doesn’t … [Read more...] about Film review: Dumbo takes off but fails to reach heights of charming predecessor
Academy Award winner Brie Larson (Room) stars as the titular heroine (best known as Carol Danvers) in this mundane, stale and unimaginative adaptation, which also features Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn ,Annette Bening and a ginger cat named Goose. It’s packed with lots of low-tension obligatory fights and chases which never raise the stakes high enough to make the first woman-led superhero epic from the Marvel Cinematic Universe compelling.Danvers is simply too powerful and the audience know that nothing can beat her-yet. So what is the point? At least with Superman we have Kryptonite.Captain Marvel will gross $1 billion which is staggering considering that the best parts of this are the bookends – opening with a moving tribute to the late Stan Lee and closing with an Avengers: Endgame prologue.Sandwiched in between is a mainly dull, tick all the boxes, generic comic book tale.It's 1995 and in a story that’s almost impossible to explain, and with plot … [Read more...] about Film review: Pedestrian Captain Marvel fails to deliver on ground-breaking 90s sci-fi promise