VESPER – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

With a story as immersive as its lived-in world, the sci-fi adventure Vesper grabs the heart and the imagination. It unfurls ideas about ecology and social responsibility as gently and unobtrusively as those tendrils, with images and ideas that linger. It also features an engaging 13-year-old protagonist, curious about her world and wanting to make a better one.

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THE VIRTUOSO – Review by Susan Granger

What a shame that – after winning the 2021 Best Actor Academy Award for The Father – Anthony Hopkins’ new neo-noir thriller is such a dud! The titular character (Anson Mount) is a nameless contract killer, a methodical mercenary, who shows no remorse about the way he earns a living…until a woman, an innocent bystander, is burned to death in front of her young child. He knows it’s “collateral damage,” but the horror awakens his conscience.

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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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