A VERY BRITISH SCANDAL – Review by Susan Granger

Based on a true story, A Very British Scandal delves into the notorious sex scandal that riveted Britain in 1963. It revolves around arrogant, ambitious Margaret Whigham, born in Scotland to a self-made Scottish textiles millionaire who moved the family to New York when she was 14. After several highly publicized romances during her London debutante season and a disastrous first marriage that ended in divorce, scheming socialite Margaret (Claire Foy) married Ian Campbell (Paul Bettany), Duke of Argyll, in 1951. Already unhappy in his second marriage, dissolute Ian was intrigued not only by Margaret’s beauty but also by her generous dowry.

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MINIMATA – Review by Susan Granger

It’s hard to imagine a Johnny Depp film being ignored but that’s what happened after Minamata premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival back in 2020, when Covid shuttered most theaters. Depp plays renowned W.W.II photojournalist W. Eugene ‘Gene’ Smith, who, by 1971, had become a jaded recluse: broke, wasted, estranged from his children, and suffering from PTSD.

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KIMI – Review by Susan Granger

Steven Soderbergh’s low-budget techno-thriller revolves around a next-generation virtual assistant, like Siri and Alexa, but named Kimi. Paranoid Angela Childs is a tech analyst, working remotely from her sprawling Seattle loft/apartment. Since she’s agoraphobic, she spends a great deal of time looking out of the window. So do her nosy neighbors Terry from across the street who makes periodic booty calls and creepy Kevin armed with binoculars

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TILL DEATH – Review by Susan Granger

As this wannabe thriller begins, duplicitous Emma (Megan Fox) is breaking off an extramarital affair with an employee (Aml Ameen) at her wealthy husband’s law firm. She’s married to Mark (Eoin Macken), a suspicious creep who – after giving her a chic ‘steel’ necklace to celebrate their 11th anniversary – blindfolds Emma, who is understandably nervous, and drives her to their remote, snow-bound vacation home on a lake for a romantic interlude.

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COLOR OUT OF SPACE – Review by Susan Granger

Inspired by a 1927 H.P. Lovecraft short story, this sci-fi terror tale revolves around former city dwellers – Nathan (Nicolas Cage) and Theresa (Joely Richardson) Gardner – who have moved to the country with their three children: Lavinia (Madeline Arthur), Benny (Brendan Meyer) and Jack (Jullian Hilliard). Sound relatable?

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THE GENTLEMEN – Review by Susan Granger

Writer/director Guy Ritchie concocts a complicated, contrived, often confusing plot that’s filled with bloody bickering and betrayal, augmented by clever twists, along with a total disregard for political correctness, since one character is offensively referred to as “the Chinaman” while another is “the Jew.”

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STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER – Review by Susan Granger

After George Lucas sold the Star Wars franchise to Disney, J.J. Abrams masterminded the final three ‘origin story’ episodes, introducing desert scavenger-turned-Jedi Rey and First Order Supreme Leader Kylo Ren – a.k.a. Ben Solo – under Sith Emperor Palpatine . This installment begins a year after The Last Jedi. Stormtrooper-turned-Resistance fighter Finn and spice-smuggling ace pilot Poe Dameron have been sent to search the galaxy for potential allies.

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