Tag Archives: John Cusack

Cinema Review – Chi-Raq

Based on the play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, Chi-Raq takes the events from Ancient Greece and sets them in the south side of present day Chicago. When gun violence gets worse and a young girl is killed, Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) takes it upon herself to bring the wife’s and girlfriend of rival gangs the Trojans and the Spartans together, and institute a sex strike until peace reigns and violence comes to an end. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Love & Mercy

Based on the real life of Brian Wilson – legendary musician and founder member of The Beach Boys – Love and Mercy is not only a look at musical genius, but also an examination of power and control, and misdiagnosed mental illness. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Maps to the Stars

Agatha (Mia Wasikowska) arrives in LA to meet Carrie Fisher, her Twitter friend. On the way to her lodgings, she asks to stop at the home of teen star Benjie Weiss (Evan Bird). It’s not long before Agatha becomes the PA to fallen actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), and both women realise they are haunted by the ghosts of the past. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Based on a true story, Lee Daniels’ latest film focuses on Cecil Gaines (Forrest Whitaker), a man who served eight Presidents during his time as a butler in the White House, as the civil Rights movement unfolded around them. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Frozen Ground

When a young woman escapes from a man she believes was intent on killing her, and bodies begin to appear around the state, the Alaska State Troopers launch an investigation into Robert Hansen (John Cusack), and try to track down a man who could be one of the most prolific serial killers the state has ever seen. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Woody Allen: A Documentary

Screened at the 65th Cannes Film Festival this year, Robert B. Weide’s examination of Woody Allen’s career is a must for any fan of the writer and anyone who is curious about Allen’s staying power as a writer, an actor, a comedian and a director. Continue reading

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