ARCADIAN – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

Honestly, it doesn’t look so bad, as postapocalyptic societies go. Nicolas Cage’s dad to two teen boys in a postcollapse afterscape has a cosy little cottage, with books and chess and a dog and a crackling fire in the evenings. Okay, yes, sure, Something Unfathomable comes a’knockin’ — literally — at their defenses in the depths of night. But nowhere’s perfect, amiright?

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THE RETIREMENT PLAN – Review by Susan Granger

After a brief release in theaters, Nicolas Cage’s newest action-comedy The Retirement Plan is now streaming. The story begins in Miami with a heist that goes terribly wrong. As a result, Jimmy (Jordan Johnson-Hinds) and his wife Ashley (Ashley Greene) are in possession of an incriminating flash-drive that mobster, Donnie (Jackie Earle Haley) promised to give Hector (Grace Byrne), who heads an organized crime syndicate.

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DREAM SCENARIO (Middleburg FF 2023) – Review by Leslie Combemale

The idea for Dream Scenario sounds fascinating and clever. Nicolas Cage stars as a hapless, uninteresting professor who starts showing up in dreams for people all over the world, becoming a celebrity overnight. Nic Cage fans will be entertained, with the actor showing the restraint and nuance needed to properly anchor this bizarre concept. The movie does highlight the best and worst aspects of being pointed to by the fickle finger of fame, but a limp second half loses the momentum for what could have been a far more compelling story.

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DREAM SCENARIO (Sitges 2023) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Dream Scenario has the quirk factor in abundance, and like Norwegian writer-director Kristoffer Borgli’s previous film Sick of Myself, at the center of Dream Scenario is a fascination with fame and the impact it has on people who attain it. While Dream Scenario has much more gloss and polish that Borgli’s significantly smaller debut, it arguably also lacks some of his previous ferocity and rawness that granted Sick of Myself such bite.

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THE OLD WAYS – Review by Susan Granger

Until recently, Nicolas Cage had never made a Western. Now he’s made two. Butcher’s Crossing – about an frontiersman searching for a hidden valley of buffalo he can slaughter – was the first, now there’s The Old Way. All-too-reminiscent of Unforgiven and True Grit, there’s little originality in Carl W. Lucas’s contrived, utterly predictable screenplay, blandly directed by Brett Donowho (Acts of Violence).

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THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT – Review by Rachel West

Since making his acting debut 40 years ago, Nicolas Cage has amazed, shocked, surprised, and confounded audiences. With over 100 acting credits to his name, The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent finally delivers the role Cage was born to play – himself. The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent stars the Oscar-winning actor as Nick Cage, a cash-strapped actor who is ready to give up on Hollywood when he’s offered a paid appearance at a Spanish billionaire and Cage superfan’s birthday party. Reluctantly agreeing, Cage gets tapped to become a CIA informant when it is revealed that the birthday boy is actually a drug kingpin involved in a high-profile kidnapping.

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