BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR – Review by Leslie Combemale

Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar is a frothy flick that lands just in time for Galantine’s Day. Penned by and staring longtime friends Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, the story target 40-something besties that harbor no longterm grudges or deep-seated animosity towards each other. There are Technicolor musical numbers, psychedelic vignettes, and over-the-top bananas plot devices. It’s a strange, tacky trip that works mostly through how Mumolo, Wiig, and the rest of the cast sell it, and it’s sweet and funny enough to put a one hour and forty-six minute pin in your pandemic fatigue.

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WILD MOUNTAIN THYME – Review by Martha K Baker

John Patrick Shanley’s Wild Mountain Thyme might have worked better as a play, especially in the intimate, yet opaque dialogues, but as the plot unscrolls, it works as a story, a classic Irish tale of love and land. As a film, it holds Ireland in the camera’s eye.

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WILD MOUNTAIN THYME – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

When the trailer for Wild Mountain Thyme first landed, Irish folk grabbed their verbal shalaylees and cried foul over what they condemned as dodgy Emerald Isle accents and corny “Erin Go Bragh” clichés. Having now seen the film myself, those impressions aren’t totally wrong.

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ROBIN HOOD – Review by Sarah Ward

The latest version of Robin Hood takes its cues from modernised medieval epics to give audiences a high-energy dose of action, although nobody will feel particularly richer or poorer for it. Returning the folkloric figure to the big screen for the first time since 2010, this is a new, younger-skewing original story rather than a rehash, with designs on setting up a new franchise.

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