Tag Archives: Viola Davis

Cinema Review – Fences

In 1950s Pittsburgh, as he struggles to find the time and motivation to build a fence in his back yard, Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) talks over the events of his life with his friend Jim Bono (Stephen Henderson) and wife Rose (Viola Davis), while holding his family together and trying to get a promotion in his job as a garbage man. When a secret must be told, however, Troy soon finds his carefully constructed life coming down around his ears. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Suicide Squad

“The world changed when Superman flew across the sky, and it changed again when he didn’t”, so says Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), as she gathers together a band of villains including Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), hitman Deadshot (Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) to form Taskforce X. To incentivise the bad guys to work together, they are offered clemency or death, and unsurprisingly, they choose to live, but just how cooperative they are going to be remains to be seen, even when faced with a worse evil than they. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Blackhat

When cyber terrorists attack power plants in both the US and China, the two governments join forces to get to the root of the problem and find the hacker. To do this, however, they need the help of convicted cyber criminal Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth). Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Ender’s Game

In the aftermath of an alien attack on Earth, the brightest and most promising children are recruited into an advanced military school, in the hope they can protect the world from a future attack. Ender (Asa Butterfield) is one such child. Deliberately ostracised from the other recruits by Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford), Ender soon becomes the leader of a band of misfits, and perhaps the strongest weapon against the enemy. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Prisoners

When Keller Dover’s (Hugh Jackman) daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands, even as Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) chases down every lead to find the girls before it’s too late. Continue reading

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JDIFF 2013 Review – Love, Marilyn

An examination of the life of Marilyn Monroe is given new insight with the discovery of her personal papers. Narrated and dramatised by Jeremy Piven, Evan Rachel Wood, Viola Davis and Uma Thurman – among others – the film gives new insight into the fame and tragic life of one of Hollywood’s most enduring stars. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Help

The Help is based on the beloved novel by Kathryn Stockett and tells the story of African-American women working as maids in the Southern US during the civil rights era were viewed, and how they viewed their employers. A young white woman, Skeeter (Emma Stone) sees the world differently to her contemporaries, and sets about writing a story from the point of view of the ‘help’. Skeeter convinces Aibileen (Viola Davis) who has spent her life as a maid and nanny, raising children who are not her own to speak frankly with her; before long, African-American women are telling a white woman their secrets. Continue reading

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