YEAR IN REVIEW: THE 10 BEST MOVIES OF 2021

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME teaser poster | ©2021 Sony/Marvel

2021 was in many respects a nightmare year in real life, but it managed to deliver some really good movies. Here are my totally unscientific picks for the ten best. BELFAST. It’s a tough decision, but director/writer Kenneth Branagh’s ode to his childhood gets the edge, precisely because it could easily have been trite or average or, worst of all, boring. Instead, it’s informative and glorious and full of sorrow and joy. CYRANO. Directed by Joe Wright and adapted by Erica Schmidt from her stage musical (lyrics by Matt Berninger & Carin Besser, music by Aaron Dessner & Bryce Dessner), […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MARIONETTE

MARIONETTE movie poster | ©2021 Scatena & Rosner Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Thekla Reuten, Emun Elliott, Sam Hazeldine, Bill Paterson, Rebecca Front, Elijah Wolf, Dawn Steele, Peter Mullan Writers: Elbert van Strien and Ben Hopkins, based on a short film by Elbert van Strien Director: Elbert van Strien Distributor: Scatena & Rosner Films Release Date: November 3, 2021 MARIONETTE succeeds in pulling the audience’s strings. After seeming to go in one direction for approximately its first half, the film swerves, then swerves again. Every time it seems to make a misstep, an explanation is sooner or later provided. Based on a short film by Elbert van Strien, who […]Read On »

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