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Top 10 Best Movies of 2021

CineFiles Movie Reviews

“Top.” “Best.” What do these words mean? Nothing, really. They are SEO-friendly buzzwords which stand for nothing in particular. Objectivity is a lie. These are my opinions, thus this (like all Top 10 lists) means only what you want it to. If your favorite movie doesn’t make the cut of this list, I either didn’t see it or didn’t like it.

Speaking of SEO-friendly keywords, let’s talk about “Worst.” Normally, I end the year with two annual lists, one for the best movies and one for the worst. Weird as 2021 was for movie releases, I did manage to see roughly 175 titles which are eligible for this list. All the same, those I didn’t like were

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MMT sneak peek of MOONFALL — Music Movies Thoughts

Happy first Monday of the new year MMT Fam! What do you think you’d get when you mix Academy Award® winner Halle Berry (Bruised), Game of Thrones alum (and a fave as Samwell Tarly) John Bradley, and The Conjuring series alum Patrick Wilson (Ed Warren)? I think magic! And we have a special “sneak peek” treat courtesy […]

MMT sneak peek of MOONFALL — Music Movies Thoughts

The Unforgivable (2021) Movie Review ‘Tense Hard-Hitting Drama’

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The Unforgivable – Tense Hard-Hitting Drama

 

Director: Nora Fingscheidt

Writer: Peter Craig, Hillary Seitz, Courtenay Miles (Screenplay) Sally Wainwright (TV Series)

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jon Bernthal, Richard Thomas, Linda Emond, Aisling Franciosi, Will Pullen, Tom Guiry

Plot: A woman is released from prison after serving a sentence for a violent crime and re-enters a society that refuses to forgive her past.

Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Unforgivable starts when Ruth Slater (Bullock) gets released from prison, looking to start a fresh life, being told to avoid contact with anyone surrounding the crime she is locked up for, while the victim’s family Steve (Pullen) and Keith (Guiry)aren’t happy that the father’s killer is free.

As Ruth looks to start her new life, she meets…

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Movies, Movies, Movies! #111 – December 28, 2021

Some potential movie choices for you here…….

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Welcome to another installment of Movies, Movies, Movies!  We’ve come to the last installment of the series for the year.  Next week I will be posting a list of my favorite films made in 2020 or 2021 that I’ve seen.  I am including the tail end of 2020 because some weren’t available to borrow from library at the end of last year.  I’ll do the same next year.  

Pig (2021)
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff, Cassandra Violet, Julia Bray, Adam Arkin
Director: Michael Sarnoski
Genres: drama
Synopsis: Rob (Cage) was once a top chef in Portland, OR, but years ago he decided to walk away from it to live a rustic lifestyle in the wilderness with his pet/friend, Pig, the pig. Rob and Pig find truffles and sell them to brokers who work with the finest restaurants. The truffle sales make enough to allow Rob to survive in…

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THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS (2021)

Movie Reviews from the Dark

Greetings again from the darkness. One could view being number four in a trilogy as similar to being the ‘third wheel’ on a date. Or one could view it as a new beginning, with a familiar foundation. Your way of viewing will likely depend on whether you choose the red pill or the blue one. This time out, it’s only writer-director Lana Wachowski, without her sister Lilly. Their groundbreaking first film in the series hit screens in 1999, and it’s been 18 years since the last. Lana co-wrote this script with David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon.

There is a stunning opening action sequence that is so well done, most will feel like it alone is worth the price of a ticket. But it’s another of the early scenes that really caught my attention and had me laugh out loud and applaud the audacity. Keanu Reeves stars (again) as…

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King Richard

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You’d think a sports biopic about tennis phenoms Venus and Serena Williams would frame them as the stars. That’s what makes King Richard so radical. The chronicle centers on their father and how he raised them to be champions. But the surprises don’t stop there. This is an engaging portrait of a difficult, even irascible man. He can be downright aggravating. Fiercely controlling, his choices occasionally hinder their advancement in the tennis world. However, the love and devotion he holds for his daughters are never in doubt. He’s a flawed hero.

As the title would suggest, Richard Williams is the centerpiece. He is a self-taught coach with a 78-page blueprint for his daughter’s success. He and his wife have raised their daughters since birth to excel. Venus’ (Saniyya Sidney) early rise takes the spotlight in the 2nd half. Serena’s (Demi Singleton) talent is somewhat less conspicuous…

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REVIEW: “Nightmare Alley” (2021)

Keith & the Movies

(CLICK HERE for my full review in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

In the opening scene of Guillermo del Toro’s new film “Nightmare Alley” we watch a man dragging a dead body, tightly wrapped in a bed sheet, across the dusty floor of a remote ramshackle farm house. He strikes a match and sets the place ablaze. The man makes his way to a bus station where, once onboard, he lowers his floppy brimmed fedora over his tired heavy eyes and falls asleep, only waking up when the bus reaches the proverbial “end of the line”. In many ways that opening sequence encapsulates del Toro’s latest effort.

As you would expect from a del Toro film, “Nightmare Alley” is a visual feast, anchored by Tamara Deverell’s sparkling production design that transports you back to the late 1930s and early 40s. It also brings together a stellar cast that includes Bradley…

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REVIEW: “Old Henry” (2021) — Keith & the Movies

A bare bones western! Right up my alley!

(CLICK HERE for my full review in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) Written and directed by Potsy Ponciroli and premiering last month at Venice, “Old Henry” is a lean and old-fashioned Western made by someone with a clear affection for the many classics of a bygone era. Ponciroli doesn’t offer much new to the well-worn genre and […]

REVIEW: “Old Henry” (2021) — Keith & the Movies