Shakiel Mahjouri

‘A Cure For Wellness’ Film Review

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A Cure for Wellness marks the big return of Gore Verbinski — the mind behind “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Ring” — and you can bet his latest movie will leave audiences and critics divided. The eerie new psychological thriller follows an ambitious young executive named Mr. Lockhart (Dane DeHaan), tasked with retrieving his CEO from a “wellness spa” in the Swiss Alps. Lockhart begins to suspect all may not be as it seems at the facility, after he too is admitted for the same curious illness that plagues all its…read more

‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Film Review

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Rules Don’t Apply is, at its core, a story about love and people. Featuring a formidable cast and plenty of ’50s charm, can legendary director Warren Beatty craft a cohesive cinematic journey with his experienced, but shaky hands? Set in Hollywood during the late ’50s, Rules Don’t Apply is a throwback to the days of true love and fedoras. Not satisfied with just directing the movie, Rules Don’t Apply also marks Beatty’s return to a feature role for the first time in 15 years. The movie revolves around a strange love triangle between…read more

‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ Film Review

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Keeping Up with the Joneses keeps up with Hollywood’s search for a new-age comedy classic. Putting a fun twist on a familiar formula, the film’s cast pulls a few tricks out of its bag — but doesn’t do anything new. Keeping Up with the Joneses stars Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm, and “Wonder Woman” herself Gal Gadot. The former two are a regular married couple living the suburban life, while the latter pair are seemingly-perfect undercover government agents. The simple-living Gaffney’s sniff out the Joneses for the spies they truly…read more

‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ Film Review

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children draws comparisons to Harry Potter and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Dark, Gothic imagery and the supernatural are the story’s cornerstones. Directed by Tim Burton, the film has every chance to be a big hit with this generation’s young teen audience, but it can ‘t hold a candle to the genre’s golden standard.   The film tells the tale of a seemingly ordinary boy named Jake (Asa Butterfield) who discovers a magical world described to him by his grandfather. That world comes in the form of “Peculiars”, children with superhuman powers, who…read more

‘Morgan’ Film Review

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The latest sci-fi thriller from 20th Century Fox features the directorial debut of Luke Scott — son of legendary Ridley Scott. Morgan has big shoes to fill, after all Luke’s first feature film tackles the genre his father helped define. So does a fresh, untested perspective and some clever casting elevate director Scott’s first outing? Morgan is no showstopper, but should be praised for recognising its limitations. The sci-fi genre has been explored in almost every conceivable way; it’s near-impossible to breakthrough without a blockbuster budget or seasoned cast and crew. Instead…read more