Reviews – NOW Magazine Tue, 20 Apr 2021 23:36:24 +0000 Tue, 20 Apr 2021 23:36:24 +0000 en-US Norman Wilner Review: Netflix fantasy series Shadow And Bone walks on the dark side Ambitious high-fantasy series offers elaborate visuals and a star turn from Jessie Mei Li, but maybe turn the brightness up?

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Glenn Sumi Review: Web series Private Idiots cleverly captures the past year in an hour André Sills and Oliver Ward play a pair of mismatched private investigators trying to make sense of a tumultuous year of change

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Norman Wilner Review: Nobody lets Bob Odenkirk go all John Wick on the world The Mr. Show and Better Call Saul star gets a third act as an action hero courtesy of John Wick screenwriter Derek Kostand

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Glenn Sumi Review: Kate Winslet is marvellous as Mare Of Easttown The Oscar-winning actor is utterly believable as a broken, blunt-talking cop investigating a murder

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Norman Wilner Review: Netflix super-comedy Thunder Force is a thundering dud Imagine a movie where Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer get superpowers, and nothing funny happens. That’s this one

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Glenn Sumi Stratford Festival outdoor summer season announced Six plays and five cabarets will be performed at two canopies this summer from June to September

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Norman Wilner Review: 2021’s Oscar Shorts run the gamut from maudlin to magnificent The 15 nominated shorts offer everything from vivid cartoons to complex metaphors and shattering stories of lost lives

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Norman Wilner Review: HBO’s The Nevers struggles with the legacy of creator Joss Whedon The writer/director left the show last fall, but accusations of abusive behaviour blunt the enjoyment of his Victorian fantasy series

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Norman Wilner Review: Godzilla Vs. Kong lets titans clash in style Cinema’s biggest monsters face off in the climax of Warner’s mammoth kaiju series, which is the perfect drive-in movie

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Norman Wilner TV review: Netflix’s The Irregulars is rather a disappointment The series about street urchins who help Holmes and Watson expose supernatural villains is both overcomplicated and underdeveloped

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Norman Wilner Review: Amazon’s Invincible is the cure for superhero TV fatigue With a great voice cast led by Oscar nominee Steven Yeun, this animated series does justice to Robert Kirkman’s superhero comics.

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Norman Wilner Review: Marvel’s The Falcon And The Winter Soldier is off to a decent start Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s former sidekicks take the lead in Marvel Studios’ latest TV project for Disney+

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Kevin Ritchie Review: Tina tells a familiar story with a sense of finality Music icon Tina Turner recounts her life story one more time in this sometimes thrilling, often conventional HBO documentary

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Norman Wilner Review: Zack Snyder’s Justice League is now twice as long and five times more self-important Conjured into existence by fans (and HBO Max’s need for content), this reworked version of the 2017 superhero team-up is… a lot

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Kevin Ritchie, Glenn Sumi, Norman Wilner and Radheyan Simonpillai What’s new to VOD and streaming this weekend Including Coming 2 America, My Salinger Year, Raya And The Last Dragon and The Mauritanian

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Glenn Sumi Review: My Salinger Year is no Devil Wears Prada Director Philippe Falardeau doesn’t seem particularly excited by this publishing memoir about working at a literary agency in the 1990s

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Glenn Sumi Review: In & Of Itself offers lots of stage magic Magician Derek DelGaudio will hypnotize you with his unique brand of personal storytelling and jaw-dropping illusions

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Norman Wilner What’s new to VOD and streaming this weekend Including reviews of Minari, Ginny & Georgia, Allen Vs. Farrow and The Vigil

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Glenn Sumi Review: Supernova is a moving film about love and loss Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci are convincing as a middle-aged gay couple dealing with dementia

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Norman Wilner Review: Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar has to be seen to be believed Bridesmaids screenwriters Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo play besties on an unlikely adventure in this absurdist comic delight

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Norman Wilner Review: Judas And The Black Messiah collapses America’s past and present into one awful continuous moment Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield star in Shaka King’s utterly contemporary drama about the end of the American civil-rights movement

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Norman Wilner Review: The Dig is a modest Netflix drama with surprising depth Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes play two people who share an archaeological find in this small, subtle period piece

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Norman Wilner Review: The Little Things wastes a fine Denzel Washington performance John Lee Hancock’s dated procedural features three Oscar-winning actors, and does nothing interesting with any of them

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Radheyan Simonpillai Review: Malcolm & Marie is a queasy manifesto on art and identity politics Zendaya and John David Washington yell a lot about film critics in Euphoria director Sam Levinson’s close-quarters drama

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Norman Wilner Review: Psycho Goreman mashes up E.T. and The Toxic Avenger Say what you will about Steven Kostanski’s movie, people will remember it for the rest of their lives

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Norman Wilner Review: Baby Done takes a charming look at impending parenthood Produced by Taika Waititi, this New Zealand comedy follows a couple whose world is shaken by an unplanned pregnancy

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Glenn Sumi Review: Bling Empire is trivial, silly – and lots of fun Netflix series about real-life Crazy Rich Asians living in L.A. is a bit deeper than other lifestyles of the rich and powerful shows

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Norman Wilner Review: Marvel’s WandaVision is a surprising superhero sitcom Marvel’s first TV series for Disney+ plugs Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s Avengers into a series of Golden Age sitcoms. Yes, really.

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Norman Wilner Review: Locked Down spins a pandemic drama into a heist movie Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor bring a screwball energy to HBO Max’s pandemic heist movie.

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Norman Wilner Review: Promising Young Woman pulls its punches Carey Mulligan commits fully to Emerald Fennell’s stylish feature debut, but the movie is less than the sum of its parts

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