Friday, May 28, 2021

Cruella

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Young Estella (Tipper Seifert-Cleveland) has always considered herself to be a genius, causing a lot of friction in her school that leads to her expulsion. Her downward spiral is further exacerbated by the trauma of witnessing her mother’s death in the mansion of renowned fashion tycoon Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson), an event that the little girl has always believed to be her own fault. Ending up in London as a street urchin, she lives from day-to-day conning people along with fellow petty thieves Jasper (Joel Fry) and Horace (Paul Walter Hauser). However, her life’s greatest ambition is to work in fashion. As her stars align, her path crosses once again with the Baroness, working her way from the clueless newbie all the way up to her most prized designer. As certain truths are revealed about their intertwined fates, Estella unleashes Cruella (Emma Stone), ever ambitious and hungry for vengeance.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

The Woman in the Window

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Suffering from acute agoraphobia, child psychologist Dr. Anna Fox (Amy Adams) has not left her Manhattan apartment in the last ten months. Circumstances change when the Russell family moves in across the street and they start befriending her. First comes Ethan (Fred Hechinger), the son, whom she immediately determines to be suffering from domestic abuse. Then comes his mother (Julianne Moore) with whom she easily gets along. Spying on her neighbors through her window, Anna witnesses the murder of her new friend and calls the police. The father, Alistair Russell (Gary Oldman), is livid and denies all accusations, arguing that his wife Jane Russell (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is very much alive and has come to accompany him at the meeting with the police. Ethan also refutes Anna’s claim that she has met his mother. Taking her medications and dependence on alcohol into consideration, she is summarily dismissed as a nutjob, but is she really? Or is the Russell family hiding a secret?

Friday, May 14, 2021

Those Who Wish Me Dead

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Smokejumper Hannah Faber (Angelina Jolie) is still reeling from making a mistake that cost the lives of three young boys in one of her forest fire rescue missions. Failing her psychiatric evaluation, she is instead assigned by her ex and town sheriff Ethan Sawyer (Jon Bernthal) to be on the lookout for potential forest fires from high atop a tower in the middle of the woods. Meanwhile, Ethan’s brother-in-law Owen (Jake Weber) and his son Connor (Finn Little) are on the run from hitmen Patrick (Nicholas Hoult) and Jake Blackwell (Aidan Gillen). The duo eventually catches up on father and son, causing their car to crash down a ravine. Connor escapes, taking incriminating evidence with him as his father succumbs to his wounds. Banking on his advice to follow creeks because they lead to rivers that lead to towns, Connor crosses paths with Hannah, but can she really protect him from his two assailants who wish him dead?
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