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Film reviews by Vince Leo, author of the review site Qwipster.net, covering the latest blockbusters, independent films, foreign cinema, and VOD.

Film reviews by Vince Leo, author of the review site Qwipster.net, covering the latest blockbusters, independent films, foreign cinema, and VOD.
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Film reviews by Vince Leo, author of the review site Qwipster.net, covering the latest blockbusters, independent films, foreign cinema, and VOD.

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Episodes

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) – A Podcast Film Review

6/20/2018
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Acclaimed director J.A. Bayona takes over the reins of this lucrative franchise with JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, the follow-up to 2015’s biggest box-office smash. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their roles, this time having to figure out if the dinosaurs on Isla Nublar should be saved, or if the active volcano that’s in … Continue reading Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) – A Podcast Film Review →

Duration:00:12:02

Hereditary (2018) – A Podcast Film Review

6/18/2018
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First-time feature film director Ari Aster makes a splash in this thoughtful and well-acted blend of family melodrama and supernatural horror. Toni Collette’s performance anchors this tale of a mother trying to cope with the loss of her own manipulative mother, and a couple of teenage kids who seem to be losing their way in … Continue reading Hereditary (2018) – A Podcast Film Review →

Duration:00:04:54

Ocean’s 8 (2018) – A Podcast Film Review

6/11/2018
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11 years after we last saw the Ocean’s gang pull down a big heist, we have Danny Ocean’s sister, Debbie (Sandra Bullock), freshly out of prison and ready to hatch a new plan to get herself and her fellow female partners in crime millions by lifting a one-of-a-kind diamond necklace worth over $150 million. Steven … Continue reading Ocean’s 8 (2018) – A Podcast Film Review →

Duration:00:09:13

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Alden Ehrenreich - Review

5/28/2018
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Ron Howard directs this spin-off prequel, showing us how the iconic reluctant hero Han Solo went from his lowly existence on the planet Corellia to becoming one of the best smugglers int he galaxy. Alden Ehrenreich, Amelia Clark, Donald Glover and Woody Harrelson star in this big budget space adventure.

Duration:00:07:18

Deadpool 2 (2018) - Ryan Reynolds - Film Review Podcast

5/19/2018
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Ryan Reynolds returns as the mer with a mouth, this time trying to mature into potential fatherhod, with DEADPOOL 2, the follow-up to 2016's surprise smash hit. This one introduces Josh Brolin as Cable and the pulling together of their mutant super-team, X-Force, as Wade Wilson seeks to stop the wrath of a vengeful, troubled teen about to go on a killing spree.

Duration:00:05:53

Jackie (2016) Natalie Portman - Movie Review

1/5/2017
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Jackie is a speculative historical drama that seeks to give us a peek into the hypothetical goings on of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in the week following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963. The First Lady has taken up temporary residence at the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port, MA, where she is visited and interviewed by a journalist working for Life Magazine for an exclusive expose. Keenly aware of how perception dictates reality, Jackie consents...

Duration:00:10:58

The Eagle Huntress (2016) documentary - Movie Review

1/5/2017
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Aisholpan is a thirteen-year-old nomadic Kazakh girl living in proximity to the snowy and treacherous Altai Mountains region of western Mongolia, who ends up being shown the ropes of becoming an 'eagle hunter' by her father, whose family has practiced the art for many generations, after the two end up capturing a female eaglet for her to train in the time-honored traditions of her forbears. Why this matters as a film is that it is extremely rare for a girl to be an eagle hunter, and...

Duration:00:08:57

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Felicity Jones - Movie

12/20/2016
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Felicity Jones stars as Jyn Erso, daughter of Galen Erso, a scientist-turned-farmer who once reluctantly helped design the Death Star for the Empire. Jyn had run away from harm when her father had been captured, under the iron hand of the director of the massive weapon project, Orson Krennic, who expects Galen to finish what he started. We catch up with her later, as an adult, having been traiend by Saw Gerrera on the ways of the solider, then imprisoned, but Cassian Andor, an espionage...

Duration:00:17:04

La La Land (2016) Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling - Movie Review

12/20/2016
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Emma Stone stars as a struggling actress named Mia, who works as a barista in a coffee shop on the Warner Bros. lot, in between auditions that only serve to make her feel frazzled by the experience. Ryan Gosling is an ambitious jazz pianist, Sebastian, whose love of more traditional jazz sounds puts him at odds with those who wish to hire him, either for playing Holiday ditties as background music, or in modern jazz fusion bands who seem to cater to new crowds who don't particularly care...

Duration:00:10:51

Manchester by the Sea (2016) Casey Affleck - Movie Review

12/12/2016
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Manchester by the Sea is a drama concerning a contentious Boston 'burb janitor named Lee Chandler, working with little joy for a meager wage and a basic one-room abode. It turns out that there is a reason for him being anguished at this stage in his life, which is something we come to know more about as the film plays out. He's prone to getting into fights, he's resistant to making emotional connections, and, in general, he's a person too wrapped up in trying to suppress his own thoughts...

Duration:00:05:56

Shut In (2016) Naomi Watts - Movie Review

12/10/2016
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Naomi Watts stars as child psychologist Mary Portman, living with her eighteen-year-old paralyzed stepson, Stephen, the victim of a car accident that saw Mary's husband perish. Stephen has always been a problem child, something that Mary feels guilty about not being able to solve before choosing to send him away, and now feels even more guilty that she has made a decision to send him away again so that he can get better care and so that she can move on with her life. A cold front brings in...

Duration:00:06:50

Shiut In (2016) Naomi Watts - Movie Review

12/10/2016
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Naomi Watts stars as child psychologist Mary Portman, living with her eighteen-year-old paralyzed stepson, Stephen, the victim of a car accident that saw Mary's husband perish. Stephen has always been a problem child, something that Mary feels guilty about not being able to solve before choosing to send him away, and now feels even more guilty that she has made a decision to send him away again so that he can get better care and so that she can move on with her life. A cold front brings in...

Duration:00:06:50

Rules Don't Apply (2016) Warren Beatty - Movie Review

12/4/2016
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Warren Beatty's film involves a real-life figure in billionaire Howard Hughes, though most of the action involves two young associates of Hughes. Set mostly in the late 1950s, we follow the attempts by a young, virginal, devout Baptist pageant winner named Marla Mabrey, who travels with her mother to Los Angeles in order to become an actress for aviation mogul Howard Hughes, who owns a movie studio and regularly grooms young women like her to become stars in his employ. Marla gets on the...

Duration:00:10:57

Gleason (2016) documentary (Steve Gleason) - Movie Review

12/3/2016
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Gleason is a documentary film around the trials and tribulations of Steve Gleason, a former NFL player who retired from the game in 2008, then was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig's disease) in 2011, concurrent to learning of the pregnancy of his wife Michel with their first child. It's a disease that has no cure, and those who are afflicted by it usually die within 2-5 years after diagnosis. The sufferer's motor skills begin to erode, eventually losing...

Duration:00:10:59

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Movie Review

11/27/2016
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Eddie Redmayne stars as klutzy magizoologist Newt Scamander, the author of the future guide of magical creatures that exist in this world and, of course, where they may be found. Set mostly in New York City in 1926, we find those who can work magic living in a world where the No-Majs, aka, those who have no powers to speak of, are kept in the dark to all of the fantastic things going on around them due to spells of 'obliviation', which erases their memories of them. Scamander arrives in...

Duration:00:20:08

Moana (2016) Disney; Dwayne Johnson - Movie Reviews

11/25/2016
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Moana is the chief's daughter within her tribe on the New Zealand island of Motunui. Unlike most girls in her Maori village, she is destined to be the chief of her tribe herself one day, pushing them to further greatness in that insular community. Traveling beyond their surrounding reef is forbidden, but a lack of fish and disease in the plant life caused by a curse has Moana exercising her leadership skills by beyond the horizon to find enough food for all of them. In order to reverse the...

Duration:00:12:21

Arrival (2016) Amy Adams - Movie Reviews - Sci-Fi

11/14/2016
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After twelve alien spacecraft have descended to various spots across Earth, American Amy Adams stars as Dr. Louise Banks, a linguistics professor who is visited by representatives from the U.S. Army to try to decipher the alien language heard on a recording of their "voices". Unable to process the language without being there in person, she is soon part of a team of scientists who enter one of the spacecraft above Montana in order to speak to the Heptapods (as the squid-like aliens come to...

Duration:00:10:39

Doctor Strange (2016) Benedict Cumberbatch - Movie Reviews

11/3/2016
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Benedict Cumberbatch stars as New York-based neurosurgeon, Dr. Stephen Strange, a big shot at his profession with as big an ego to flaunt, a level of cocky, self-satisfied smarm not too dissimilar to Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Iron Man films. His job is, literally, in his hands, until a car accident occurs that leaves him without much use of them for surgery purposes, causing him to go into an emotional and psychological tailspin if he cannot figure out a solution....

Duration:00:09:16

Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Mel Gibson - Movie Reviews

11/2/2016
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Mel Gibson's film loosely showcases the true story of small-town Virginia resident Desmond Doss and his heroic actions as an American soldier fighting in the Pacific against the Japanese forces during the waning days of World War II. Doss, a devout Seventh Day Adventist and believer in pacifism, enlisted into the Armed Forces because he believed in the fight, even though he wished to help out without the need for killing the enemy on the other side, trying to go through basic training...

Duration:00:10:20

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Mike Flanagan - Movie Reviews

10/27/2016
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Set in Los Angeles in the year 1967, we find a widowed scam artist named Alice, who is working from home as a spiritual medium to make ends meet for herself and her two misfit daughters, fifteen-year-old Lina and nine-year-old Doris. Inspired by a new 'board game' of sorts that has spooked Lina and her friends, Alice decides to incorporate a Ouija board into her flashy seance showcase, but things take a weird turn when it ends up that the device seems to actually be a portal into the...

Duration:00:10:44