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Review: Alice Through the Looking Glass

— by RON WILKINSON —

It was obvious something was up with the release of the first teasers of this splashy tale. Yes, Linda Woolverton’s screenplay has nothing to do with Lewis Carroll’s 1871 “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There” — except about half of the characters. That is not to say it is not a good story, but the story takes a back seat to the great costumes and set design, backed up with spectacular animated special effects.

This story has Alice, an accomplished ship’s captain, piloting a time machine to rescue the family of the Hatter (Johnny Depp). Unfortunately, this destroys the original concept, that of a child’s beautiful, untamed imagination run wild. (CONTINUED)


Review: Unlocking the Cage

— by RON WILKINSON — Directors Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker (“The War Room”) have covered some strange stories but this one may be the strangest so far. Steven Wise is described as an animal rights lawyer. That is a significant understatement. He is not only fighting for increased rights for animals, he is making […][...]


Review: Dheepan

— by RON WILKINSON — “Dheepan,” Jacques Audiard’s winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, is a masterful tale of survival as well as a harrowing cautionary note about the perseverance of the violence of war. The story centers on Dheepan (Antonythasan Jesuthasan), a Tamal Tiger child soldier grown into leader during […][...]


Review: The Man Who Knew Infinity

— by RON WILKINSON — Jeremy Irons is great, as usual, but the rest of the cast seems to be just going through the motions in “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” the story of a nerd underdog who makes good. Irons does a fantastic job playing Cambridge mathematics Fellow G.H. Hardy but it is not […][...]


Review: Money Monster

— by RON WILKINSON — Jack O’Connell blasts out of screen as Kyle Budwell, a New York truck driver who has lost his life savings in a securities gamble. He sneaks into the TV studio where finance TV show host, talking head and investment clown Lee Gates (George Clooney) is starting his weekly song, dance […][...]


Review: Rabin In His Own Words

— by RON WILKINSON — Director Erez Laufer’s documentary “Rabin In His Own Words” is true to its title. The film tells Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s story through archival footage and descriptions by the man himself. It is a touching movie, a documentary of unusual force and intimacy. One cannot help but listen to […][...]


Review: Dough

— by RON WILKINSON — Golden Globe-nominated Jonathan Pryce takes the lead in “Dough,” an easygoing sit-com about immigrant life in the big city. Nat Dayan (Pryce) owns and operates the kosher bakery Dayan and Son, which he started with his father in 1947 in London’s East End. Against all odds, he keeps the tiny […][...]


Review: High-Rise

— by RON WILKINSON — Tom Hiddleston finds himself in the middle of a very bad year in “High-Rise,” Ben Wheatley’s pot boiler about a social crucible in melt down. This should not be a huge surprise after his high tension “Kill List” and “Sightseers.” If anything, this movie continues the director’s explorations into the […][...]


Review: Elvis & Nixon

— by RON WILKINSON — “Elvis & Nixon,” Liza Johnson’s narrative fiction retelling of the White House meeting between Elvis Presley and President Richard Nixon, packs the most entertainment per ounce of any film this year. This is an exploration into what did happen, and what might have happened, during a meeting of the two […][...]








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