Archive for the ‘Film Review’ Category

THELMA: 4 STARS. “more delightful than Jack Ryan and Jason Bourne combined.”

LOGLINE: In “Thelma,” a new comedy thriller now playing in theatres, June Squibb plays a 93-year-old grandmother who falls prey to a grandma phone scam. Conned out of $10,000, with the help of a friend (Richard Roundtree) and his motorized scooter, she sets out to find the scammers and get her money back by any means necessary. “What about my money?” she says. “Am I supposed to just let them have it?”

CAST: June Squibb, Fred Hechinger, Richard Roundtree, Parker Posey, Clark Gregg, Malcolm McDowell. Written and directed by Josh Margolin.

REVIEW: “Thelma” is something you don’t see very often, a thriller starring a 93-year-old action hero. From a low-speed scooter chase and a show down with the bad guys, to the acquisition of a weapon and a high-octane heist musical score, the movie has all the elements of an edge of your seat suspense film.

But its biggest asset is Squib, who brings steely determination, vulnerability and humor to the title character. She may not exactly be Ethan Hunt, but she’s more endearing and delightful than Jack Ryan and Jason Bourne combined. She’s easy to root for, even if her high stakes mission seems impossible.

At her side is Ben, Richard Roundtree, a.k.a. Shaft, in his final role. His presence is a cool callback to action movies of years gone by, but here he’s a charismatic sidekick, allowing Squibb to mostly take matters into her own hands.

There are also subplots involving Thelma’s grandson Daniel (Fred Hechinger) daughter Gail (Parker Posey) and son-in-law Alan (Clark Gregg), but at the film’s core is an exploration of old age, and how, as Ben says, “People these days don’t care about old things.” “Thelma” confronts that idea, dismissing it with panache, humor and some genuine excitement.

THE EXORCISM: 2 STARS. “begins with a good premise and goes to hell shortly after that.”

LOGLINE: In “The Exorcism,” a new horror film now playing in theatres, Russell Crowe plays a troubled actor whose life crumbles while shooting a horror film. As he descends into devilish behavior, his daughter is torn between wondering if his conduct is the result of his personal demons, or something actually demonic.

CAST: Russell Crowe, Ryan Simpkins, Sam Worthington, Chloe Bailey, Adam Goldberg, Adrian Pasdar, David Hyde Pierce. Directed by Joshua John Miller.

REVIEW: You know those social media posts that challenge you to change one letter or word in a song or movie title to alter the meaning? Let’s play that with “The Exorcism.” Change the “m” to a “t” and you get one of the greatest horror films ever made. Leave the “m” in place and you get “The Exorcism,” a sluggish, scare-free movie that begins with a good premise and goes to hell shortly after that.

“It’s a psychological drama wrapped in the skin of a horror film,” says the director-within-the-movie, played by Adam Goldberg. That was, perhaps, the goal of the real film, the one we’re seeing in theatres, but the result is a mixed bag.

A riff on the legends of the supernatural events that allegedly plagued the sets of “The Exorcist” and “The Omen,” the new film mines a potentially rich vein of Hollywood history, but the plodding set-up and hokey finale fail to deliver an engrossing character study or pulse-racing horror flick.

At the heart of it all, for better and for worse, is Crowe. His considerable star power goes a long way to keep “The Exorcism” watchable. His descent into bad behavior gives the movie whatever steam it has, but the film’s lack of overall lack of drama and scares is a sin.

CTV NEWS AT 11:30: MORE MOVIES AND TV SHOWS TO STREAM THIS WEEKEND!

I appear on “CTV News at 11:30” with anchor Natalie Johnson to talk about the best movies and television to watch this weekend, including the Paramopunt+ docu-series “How Music Got Free,” the new Pixar film “Inside Out 2” and “Tuesday,” a drama starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Watch the whole thing HERE! (Starts at 20:06)

YOU TUBE: THREE MOVIES/THIRTY SECONDS! FAST REVIEWS FOR BUSY PEOPLE!

Fast reviews for busy people! Watch as I review three movies in less time than it takes to stamp your foot! Have a look as I race against the clock to tell you about the Pixar film “Inside Out 2,” the surreal “Tuesday” and “Ultraman: Rising.”

Watch the whole thing HERE!

NEWSTALK TONIGHT WITH JIM RICHARDS: DOES RICHARD CROUSE LIKE THESE MOVIES?

I sit in with NewsTalk 1010 host Jim Richards on the coast-to-coast-to-coast late night “NewsTalk Tonight” to play the game “Did Richard Crouse Like This?” This week we talk about the Pixar film “Inside Out 2,” the surreal “Tuesday” and the animated “Ultraman: Rising.”

Listen to the whole thing HERE!

CTV NEWS TORONTO AT FIVE WITH ZURAIDAH ALMAN: RICHARD ON WHAT TO WATCH!

I join “CTV News Toronto at Five” with host Zuraidah Alman, to talk about the Pixar film “Inside Out 2,” the surreal “Tuesday” and the animated “Ultraman: Rising.”

Watch the whole thing HERE! (Starts at 13:56)

CTV NEWS ATLANTIC AT SIX: RICHARD ON WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND!

I join “CTV News Atlantic at Six” anchor Todd Battis to talk about the Pixar film “Inside Out 2,” the surreal “Tuesday” and the animated “Ultraman: Rising.”

Watch the whole thing HERE!

RICHARD’S WEEKEND MOVIE REVIEWS FROM CP24! FRIDAY JUNE 14, 2024.

I join CP24 to have a look at the Pixar film “Inside Out 2,” the surreal “Tuesday,” the animated “Ultraman: Rising” and the documentary “Red Fever.”

Watch the whole thing HERE!

RICHARD’S CTV NEWSCHANNEL WEEKEND REVIEWS FOR FRIDAY JUNE 14, 2024!

I  join the CTV NewsChannel anchor Roger Peterson to talk about the Pixar film “Inside Out 2,” the surreal “Tuesday,” the animated “Ultraman: Rising” and the documentary “Red Fever.”

Watch the whole thing HERE!