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Movie Review: Mary Queen of Scots

Genre: Historical Director: Josie Rourke Writers: Beau Willimon and John Guy Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie Premise: Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary Stuart defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. However, Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her sister in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly What I loved about Mary Queen of Scots, is that it comes across as ‘authentic’. And that’s because the director Josie Rourke, and her team, have gone all out. The attention to not just the period details as in setting, dress, dialogue, but also the tone has all been thought about, and, to my eye at least, done with care. And then there’s the cinematography, which is simply outstanding. This is at once lush, and …

Movie Review: True Grit (2010)

Genre: Western Director: Ethan and Joel Coen Writer: Ethan and Joel Coen Stars: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin Premise: After an outlaw named Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) murders her father, feisty 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) hires Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), a boozy, trigger-happy lawman, to help her find Chaney and avenge her father. The bickering duo are not alone in their quest, for a Texas Ranger named LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) is also tracking Chaney for reasons of his own. Together the unlikely trio ventures into hostile territory to dispense some Old West justice. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly This version of True Grit — a remake of the John Wayne version (1969) — stars Jeff Bridges in the role of Rueben (Rooster) Cogburn, the Marshal hired by the true hero of this story, Mattie Ross. Wonderfully played by the very able, Hailee Steinfeld. Who, for my part, outshines her male counterparts. They certainly play second fiddle to her, as she steals every scene she’s in. Whether …

Movie Review: Ant Man (2015)

Genre: Comic Book Action Director: Payton Reed Writer: Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish Stars: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas Premise: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly I bought Ant Man (along with two other movies) from the bargain basket last month, and so, colour me surprised when I finally got around to seeing it recently, because, I loved it! No, really, it was simple popcorn fun. Not overly ambitious in its reach, and not totally reliant on FX from beginning to end. And when those FX came, they were not only neat, but a couple were laugh out loud funny. Never mind seeing Paul Rudd running with the Ants (not the Bulls) was pure silliness. And I think it’s thanks to that air of innocence that Paul Rudd gives off …