Your Weekend Preview: What To See (And What To Skip) In The Theatres

By Original-Cin Staff

Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw (Rating: B-) is a spin-off — or is that a spin-out? — of the spies and cars franchise, with the expected globe-hopping chases, comic-book fights, and macho banter. Dwayne Johnson, whose likeability is the main redeeming feature here, plays agent Luke Hobbs, with Jason Statham as former rival Decker Shaw, who team up to fight bad guy, Brixton Lore (Idris Elba). The movie aside, we can definitely vouch for the entertainment value of Jim Slotek’s review.


Palestinian-set, Israeli-backed comedy, Tel Aviv on Fire (Rating: B) follows an aspiring writer on a schlocky, popular Palestinian soap opera, who gets his story ideas from an overbearing Israeli checkpoint guard. Precariously glib as that sounds, reviewer Liam Lacey says it mostly works: The focus on Israeli-Palestinian shared culture is novel, and the send-up of the soap opera style is fun even in translation. For another dose of intercultural understanding, there’s the well-meaning if unsurprising doc, Free Trip to Egypt (Rating: B-) in which an Egyptian-Canadian entrepreneur takes seven conservative Americans on a tour of Egypt to meet real-life Muslims.

David Crosby: Remember My Name (Rating: B+) is a documentary about the mellow-voiced singer/songwriter of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young fame. Our reviewer Karen Gordon says this doc, in which Crosby is interviewed by Cameron Crowe, is an unflinching look at Crosby’s personal and professional failures which still finding “grace notes in the world.”

For dessert, we have Honeyland (Rating: A), an award-winning documentary which follows the daily life of a middle-aged Macedonian wild honey gatherer, the last of her kind, and what happens when a raucous Turkish family moves in next door. Reviewer Liam Lacey describes this exceptionally beautiful is a “real life fable” about humans and their relationship to the environment.

Have a great weekend.

Your weekend preview: What to see (and what to skip) in the theatres

This week’s big buzz film is Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood  (Rating: A) the director’s ninth film and his most cinema-nostalgic yet. A buddy picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt against the background of the Manson killings and the beginnings of the New Hollywood, the film  is replete with imaginary and real movie and TV clips, music and fashion of the period, as well as its stars (Connie Stevens, Steve McQueen, Bruce Lee) with Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate

Reviewer Liam Lacey calls the film is a fanciful cultural gift basket and Tarantino’s warmest film since Jackie Brown

Margot Robbie plays Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood.

Margot Robbie plays Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood.

Canadian director Laurie Lynd’s Killing Patient Zero (A) is a documentary look back at the panic surrounding the AIDS epidemic and the myth of “Patient Zero”, widely and wrongfully identified by the media as Air Canada steward, Gaétan Dugas. Reviewer Jim Slotek says Patient Zero reminds “how we react as a society to the unknown, especially when fueled by the fire of ignorance and moral judgment.”

Forty five years after The Apprenticeship  of Duddy Kravitz, Richard Dreyfuss is back in another Canadian film as a guy with outsized dreams. The film, Astronaut (B minus) follows optimistic senior, Angus (Dreyfuss), who is hoping to win a lottery to become a passenger on a space flight. The seasoned Can-Con cast includes Graham Greene, Colm Feore, Colin Mochrie, Art Hindle and Mimi Kuzyk. Jim Slotek says it’s a slow, sweet movie is which space plot is a mrere framework on which hang the arcs of the characters.

 In this week’s podcast: we compare notes on Tarantino, argue about the hideous trailer for Cats (Karen Gordon disagrees!), preview the Toronto International Film Festival and give you the inside scoop on the festival’s opening night documentary, Once Were Brothers; Robbie Robertson and the Band.

Have a great weekend.