CAPTIVE STATE – Review by Susan Granger

Rupert Wyatt’s wannabe sci-fi feature is so jumbled and idiotic that I’m stunned it ever got released. His tale begins in the bleak, wasteland remains of Chicago in 2027, nine years after Earth was invaded by spiny, insectoid aliens who look like huge, angry porcupines, riding around in a spaceship that resembles a large, lumpy sweet potato or yam.

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FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY – Review by Susan Granger

Since I don’t watch pro wrestling on TV, I was unfamiliar with World Wrestling Entertainment’s Diva champion Paige who inspired this shamelessly self-promoting real-life biopic. Saraya-Jade Bevis was raised by parents, Ricky (Nick Frost) and Julia (Lena Headley) Knight, who run a minor-league wrestling league in Norwich, England.

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ISN’T IT ROMANTIC? – Review by Susan Granger

How did a concussion injury become a romantic comedy cliché? Following What Men Want, this is the second cinematic instance in 2019 when a woman’s life suddenly changes – for the better – after she suffers a brain injury. Formulaically scripted, it evokes the ‘concussive’ concept that’s been around since Mark Twain wrote A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court and recalls Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty.

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THE GOLEM – Review by Susan Granger

Delving deep into Jewish folklore, this saga begins with a brief prologue in Prague, showing a young girl, Perla, watching a rabbi grappling with the monstrous golem he created. Then it’s 1673 in a Lithuanian shtetl, where Hanna ), whose only son Josef died seven years ago, regularly eavesdrops on rabbinical meetings and is secretly studying Kabbalah.

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COLD PURSUIT – Review by Susan Granger

Adapted from In Order of Disappearance the 2014 Norwegian thriller, Cold Pursuit stars Liam Neeson as a stoic snowplow driver seeking justice for the murder of his son during a drug deal gone bad.

But when his son Kyle (Micheal Richardson), a baggage handler at the local airport, is killed by drug-smugglers, his death is blamed on a heroin overdose. (FYI: Micheal is Neeson’s real-life son with the late Natasha Richardson.)

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WHAT MEN WANT – Review by Susan Granger

Hollywood’s current penchant for gender-flipping – like Ghostbusters (2016) and Oceans 8 (2018) – continues with this raunchy remake of Nancy Meyers’ romantic comedy What Women Want (2000), starring Mel Gibson. Hard-working Ali Davis is a selfish, ambitious, Atlanta-based sports agent who is passed over for a long-overdue promotion to partner by her chauvinistic boss , who points out that, although she reps Serena Williams, none of her clients are from the “big three” sports leagues: NBA, NFL and MLB.

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