King Kong Review

King Kong is a 2005 epic monster adventure film directed by Peter Jackson, starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Andy Serkis, Jamie Bell, and Adrien Brody.  Serving as a remake of the 1933 film of the same name, the story follows an ambitious filmmaker who coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island, only to encounter Kong, a legendary giant gorilla. Positives: Great performances Great cast Some characters are great Terrific music Terrific visuals Emotionally, compelling story Well-written script Great direction Great action Negatives: Characters…

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Septembers of Shiraz Review

Septembers of Shiraz is a 2016 drama film directed by Wayne Blair, starring Adrien Brody, Salma Hayek, Anthony Azizi, Bashar Rahal, Alon Aboutboul and Shohreh Aghdashloo.  It is based on Dalia Sofer’s 2007 novel The Septembers of Shiraz and is set in post-revolution Tehran, where a wealthy Jewish businessman is summarily jailed and tortured, but along with his wife, fights for answers and freedom. Positives: Great performances by the main cast Great cast Compelling, well-written story Emotionally impactful Great score Good editing Great directing Negatives: n/a Plot:  The film features a compelling story about…

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