Author: Zoe Hewitt

“Marshall” not as much of a biopic as it seems at first glance

“Marshall” has all the makings of a fantastic biopic: a venerable subject matter, impressive actors, and an Oscar-nominated director in Reginald Hudlin (“Django Unchained”).  While this film is undoubtedly an Oscar-contender, it turns out that it’s not so much a biopic after all. Despite former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s remarkable record winning 29 of 32 cases before the Supreme Court as a private attorney, he doesn’t even argue the central case in this film. Why would Hudlin appear turn away from the story of civil rights leader Marshall in favor of white, Jewish attorney Sam Friedman?  It seems this...

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Judi Dench shines in ’Victoria & Abdul’

Judi Dench has played so many queens that she should be made honorary British royalty. In “Victoria & Abdul” the year is 1887 and Queen Victoria (Dench) is floundering. The most powerful woman in the world, she languishes from personal loss, sleeps through her own banquets and suffers the indignity of reporting her bowel movements. Enter Abdul (Ali Fazal) – literally. He’s honored with the job of presenting a ceremonial Indian coin to Queen Victoria alongside Mohammed (Adeel Akhtar), a last-minute fill-in who wants nothing to do with the task. Following an arduous journey from India, the pair receives...

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VICTORIA & ABDUL – Official Movie Review w/Star Interview//Judi Dench, Ali Fazal

Judi Dench has played so many queens that she should be honorary British royalty.  In Victoria & Abdul, the time period is 1887 and Queen Victoria (Dench) is floundering.  The most powerful woman in the world, she languishes from personal loss, sleeps through her own banquets and suffers the indignity of reporting her bowl movements. Enter Abdul (Ali Fazal)–literally.  He’s honored with the job of presenting a ceremonial Indian coin to Queen Victoria alongside Mohammed (Adeel Akhtar), a last-minute fill in who wants nothing to do with the task.  Following an arduous journey from India, the pair receive strict instructions...

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American Assassin

The late Vince Flynn spent more than a decade writing about fictional counter-terrorism expert Mitch Rapp.  While American Assassin is based on the novel of the same name, this origin story is actually the eleventh book in the series.  Rapp’s early story appealed to director Michael Cuesta. As he started reading the script, Cuesta was captivated by the first ten pages.  He says, “I love action movies, but when you don’t care you disengage despite the fact that there’s so much action. [After] that opening sequence…you can take me anywhere as a viewer. I’ll do anything and trust almost anything...

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