Patti Cake$ (Cinema Review)

15 – 109mins – 2017


 

OVERW-8 MILE

Adopting a string of sick ‘n’ tight pseudonyms, plus-size twenty-something Patricia Dombrowski (Danielle Macdonald) dreams of leaving behind her debt-ridden, sad-sack New Jersey existence and making it big as a rap superstar. Can “Killa-P,” her best friend Jheri (Siddharth Dhananjay) and mysterious musical anarchist “Basterd” (Mamoudou Athie) stick it to the haterz, impress idol O-Z (Sahr Ngaujah) and make it big?

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The Big Sick (Cinema Review)

15 – 124mins – 2017


 

BEST SEEN COLD

While The Big Sick’s reputation precedes it, literally all I knew about this acclaimed indie rom-com prior to last night’s Cineworld Unlimited cardholder preview screening was that critics were raving about it Stateside, and it co-starred Ruby Sparks herself, quirky cutie Zoe Kazan.

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Swiss Army Man (DVD Review)

15 – 97mins – 2016


 

WEEKEND AT MANNY’S

“You’re a miracle! Or I’m just hallucinating from starvation…?”

More popularly known as the film where Harry Potter plays a corpse for ninety minutes, co-writers and directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan’s surreal indie comedy-drama is the epitome of a marmite movie. Appalled at its overt vulgarity and alienating premise, audience members walked out of its Sundance premiere last year, but beneath the farting corpse jokes, Swiss Army Man is also a haunting and experimental first-hand examination of a damaged soul and a troubled mind.

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Frank & Lola (DVD Review)

18 – 87mins – 2017


 

LOVE IS NO FAIRY TALE

Opening on an intense lovemaking scene between Las Vegas chef Frank (Michael Midnight Special Shannon) and aspiring fashion designer Lola (Imogen Green Room Poots), I honestly thought I was in for a Fifty Shades-style erotic thriller with debuting director Matthew Ross’ protagonist-named straight-to-DVD feature. But aside from this brief and surprising snatch of nudity from the gorgeous Ms. Poots, this is as titillating as Frank & Lola gets. The ensuing 80-plus minutes does deal with sexual themes, but in a far darker and less intimate manner.

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Get Out (Cinema Review)

15 – 104mins – 2017


 

DECEPTIVE INVITATION

Despite making a name for himself as a comedy actor with a penchant for parody (MadTV, Key & Peele, Keanu), in his directorial debut, Jordan Peele has found instantaneous critical acclaim as a filmmaker in a widely disparate genre: horror. Get Out consummately merges a creepy mystery with stinging and provocative social commentary to create a racially-motivated thriller with a strong nod to The Stepford Wives.

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