Mini Review - Life (2017)
Life (out Mar 23) is a slick sci-fi thriller about a group of astronauts on a space station who find a new life form. We've seen similar storylines in the past but this film earns points for its creepy alien and plausible premise. A handful of surprises too. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Power Rangers
Power Rangers (out Mar 23) is part cheesy teen drama, part superhero flick. While I don't mind the approach, the screenplay is choppy and rushed. It seems more suited to a TV series where details can be fleshed out. The film's action finale is the weakest element. Grade: C+.
Mini Review - The Boss Baby
The Boss Baby (out Mar 23) is the latest animated feature from Dreamworks. It takes a bit of time to set up the complex scenario but comes together surprisingly well. It taps into the theme of sibling rivalry and has fun with a "cuteness" war between babies and puppies. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - A Cure for Wellness
A Cure For Wellness (out Mar 16) is a hot mess of a film. It's a great concept but it's disjointed and doesn't flow well (big gaps between certain scenes). Dane DeHaan plays a young corporate guy who travels to a strange "wellness centre" in Switzerland to meet with his boss. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast (out Mar 23) is a live action remake of the 1991 original. Staying faithful to the material, director Bill Condon has created an epic in terms of sets, costumes and visual effects. It's a little long but the many supporting characters fill the gaps nicely. Grade: A-.
Mini Review - The Eagle Huntress
The Eagle Huntress (out Mar 16) doesn't have a lot of material to work with but it's hard to dislike a feel good documentary about a 13-year-old from Mongolia who tries to beat her older, male counterparts in an eagle hunting competition. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience
Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience (out Mar 16) is clearly not targeted at me. That said, it's short, simple and sweet with a few jokes that adults will appreciate (especially a scene involving the Queen). While it will get kids up and about, the live action interactive scenes are less interesting. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Loving
Loving (out Mar 16) is based a true story. A inter-racial couple (played by Joel Edgerton & Ruth Negga) fight to have their marriage recognised in the state of Virginia during the 1960s. Deliberately avoiding dramatic courtroom scenes, this is an affecting tale about two ordinary people who deeply love each other. Grade: A-.