In Pitch Perfect 3, co-written by Kay Cannon and directed by Trish Sie, former members of college a cappella group “the Bellas” reunite for a USO tour. Pitch Perfect 3’s main appeal is its fun music and dancing, supported by nostalgia for the first two movies in the trilogy. (AEL: 3/5)
Written by Geling Yan, Youth follows the complicated, deeply intertwined stories of an arte troupe in Maoist China’s People’s Liberation Army. The film begins with a young woman’s acceptance into the troupe, which takes the viewer on her journey, and immerses them into quotidian life in the Chinese military. (FEA: 5/5).
The Greatest Showman loosely follows the real-life story of “P. T. Barnum” (Hugh Jackman) and his rise from poverty to success. Director Michael Gracey and writer Jenny Bicks spin the life and achievements of P. T. Barnum into an over-produced, family-oriented spectacle that entertains but fails to impress. (RMM 2.5/5)
Lacking the authenticity of the first film and missing the quick humor of the second film, Pitch Perfect 3, directed by Trish Sie, struggles to find its narrative footing and falls flat comedically, ending as by far the weakest film in the trilogy. (EML: 3.5/5)
Written and directed by Alexandra Dean, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story recounts the mesmerizing life of the glamorous Hollywood superstar, Hedy Lamarr, who was also a brilliant woman only recently credited for the invention of the technological basis for Bluetooth as early as the 1940s. (FEA: 5/5)
Directed by Markus Rupprecht and co-written with Donna Logan, Drawing Home is a movie set amidst stunning, picturesque landscapes that is the Canadian Rocky Mountains. A young female artist, “Catherine Robb” (Julie Lynn Mortensen), from Boston in the 1920s, has a promising relationship with “John D. Rockerfeller III” (Jeff Gladstone). But her mother’s plan to…
Writer/director Petra Lataster-Czisch, through complete neutrality, shows us Kiet Engel’s strict but never cruel methods of teaching children who have just escaped a war-torn country in the documentary MISS KIET’S CHILDREN (De Kinderen van juf Kiet) (LMB: 4.5/5)