The Fabelmans

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4 STARS

Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner
Cast: Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Gabriel LaBelle, Seth Rogen, Judd Hirsch, Keeley Karsten, Julia Butters, Mateo Zoryan

Part of the job for the majority of filmmakers is to see people, to really see them and see their relationships, their innermost selves, and to tell their stories to us, the audience. We then often turn what the filmmakers see onto ourselves and reflect on the meaning and maybe even relate to certain aspects. Of course, this doesn’t go for every movie we see, but certainly for the majority of dramas out there it’s par for the course. Spielberg has not only gone down the route of an introspective drama, but it’s an introspective on himself, his family, and his life/their lives while he was growing up (to his early twenties). Have his efforts been worthwhile, or are we just seeing another filmmaker become autobiographical with no real intent?

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Tiny Tapes Reviews – January 2023

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Here we are, a third installment of TTR! What follows are bitesize reviews of a handful of films so you can get a taste of what to expect should you wish to explore any of these movies. Honestly it’s been a pretty… average… time at the movies for this month’s TTRs, so if you’re gagging for more ground-breaking cinema, check out the latest BAFTA and Academy Award nominees!

January’s TTRs consists of: Antlers, Disenchanted, Downton Abbey: A New Era, Falling for Christmas, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Marry Me, Roald Dahl’s Matilda: The Musical, and Uncharted.

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The Menu

Director: Mark Mylod
Writers: Seth Reiss, Will Tracy
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes, Hong Chau, Janet McTeer, Paul Adelstein, John Leguizamo, Aimee Carrero, Reed Birney, Judith Light, Rob Yang, Arturo Castro, Mark St. Cyr

Going to the cinema is much like going to a restaurant, and consequently watching a movie is much like eating a dish. You want the establishment to be inviting and a place you wish to spend your money in comfortably, and you want the product you’re paying for to be worth your hard-earned cash and satisfy the senses you are there to appease. Will The Menu be worth your time and sending your compliments to the chef, or will you be sending this dish back and asking for a refund?

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