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Manchester by the Sea (2016)

I loved Manchester by the Sea and can understand why many critics hailed it as the movie of 2016. The characters are wonderfully drawn and brilliantly acted, and the movie is beautifully shot. It’s about past and present, blame and forgiveness, condemnation and redemption. Crucially, this film doesn’t preach the usual sermon that love conquers all and…Read More

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – Family Movie Night

We completely missed Guardians of the Galaxy when it was in the cinemas. Now that the sequel is playing everywhere it’s time to catch up with it. Is it Appropriate? It’s a PG-13, so I checked out the ‘content advisory’ on IMDB. There’s a bit of language, but I think it’s better that they hear…Read More

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – Family Movie Night

I’m about to take Family Movie Night more seriously. Firstly, we’re going to do it more often. Once some building work at the house is complete, I hope it will be a weekly thing, maybe more often during school holidays. Secondly, I’m going to put more thought into the choice of film. Apart from rare…Read More

The Dark Tower – In Cinemas this July

For those who don’t know, The Dark Tower is a series of books by Stephen King.  He published the first (The Gunslinger) in 1982 and the last (The Wind Through the Keyhole) in 2012. They incorporate themes from multiple genres, including fantasy, Sci-Fi, horror and Western. King describes it as his magnum opus and cites The Lord of the…Read More

Dunkirk – In Cinemas this July

They recently confirmed that Dunkirk will be a PG-13, which disappoints some people. ‘Surely only R-rated movies can convey the horror of war!’ While Apocalypse Now (1979) and Saving Private Ryan (1998) are among many great films that might support that notion, there are exceptions to the rule. I’ve reviewed two examples here: Paths of Glory (1957) and The Longest Day…Read More

Baby Driver – In Cinemas this August

Last year I bought tickets to see Lily James star in Kenneth Branagh‘s production of Romeo and Juliet in London. On the night the understudy played the part. With no disrespect to her replacement, this was disappointing because I enjoyed Lily James’ performance in Cinderella (2015), and she was a frequent highlight in otherwise luke-warm reviews for the production.…Read More

Welcome to the GoodOnNetflix Reboot

GoodOnNetflix used to be Netflix film reviews and very little else. Then I decided I also wanted to write about new releases and great movies that never make it to Netflix. I wondered if I could get away with writing about films for ‘GoodOnNetflix’ that were in fact ‘NotOnNetflix’ at all. Would it be so…Read More