Category: Film Reviews

<em>The Perfect Dinner</em> [<em>La cena perfetta</em>] — St. Ali Italian Film Festival 2022

The Perfect Dinner [La cena perfetta] — St. Ali Italian Film Festival 2022

Review by John P. Harvey. Sent north from Naples to manage a money laundry with a restaurant as a front, ...
<em>The Shadow of the Day</em> [<em>L’ombra del giorno</em>] — St. Ali Italian Film Festival 2022

The Shadow of the Day [L’ombra del giorno] — St. Ali Italian Film Festival 2022

Review by Michele E. Hawkins. In 1930s Fascist Italy, wounded World War I veteran Luciano (Riccardo Scamarcio) runs a successful, ...
<em>The King of Laughter</em> [<em>Qui rido io</em>] — St. Ali Italian Film Festival 2022

The King of Laughter [Qui rido io] — St. Ali Italian Film Festival 2022

Review by John P. Harvey. Successful stage comedian, play translator and adaptor, and playwright Eduardo Scarpetta (Toni Servillo) must balance ...
<em>The Legend of the Christmas Witch: The Origins</em> [<em>La befana vien di notte 2: Le origini</em>] — St. Ali Italian Film Festival 2022

The Legend of the Christmas Witch: The Origins [La befana vien di notte 2: Le origini] — St. Ali Italian Film Festival 2022

Review by John P. Harvey. The Christmas Witch (in Italian, La Befana) holds a place in Italian folklore equivalent to ...
[Film review] The Quiet Girl [An Cailín Ciúin]

[Film review] The Quiet Girl [An Cailín Ciúin]

Review by Michele E. Hawkins. Nine-year-old Cáit (Catherine Clinch) is a very quiet child who avoids others and rarely speaks ...
[Film review] <em>Three Thousand Years of Longing</em>

[Film review] Three Thousand Years of Longing

Review by Michele E. Hawkins and John P. Harvey. What an imaginative visual feast can come of a truly original ...
[Film review] <em>Good Luck to You, Leo Grande</em>

[Film review] Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

Review by John P. Harvey. We learn at the outset of this quiet movie that Nancy Stokes (Emma Thompson) has ...
[Film review] <em>Special Delivery</em> — KOFFIA 2022

[Film review] Special Delivery — KOFFIA 2022

Review by John P. Harvey. Director Park Dae-min’s first feature film since 2016, Special Delivery promises action and certainly delivers: ...
[Film review] <em>Where the Crawdads Sing</em>

[Film review] Where the Crawdads Sing

Review by John P. Harvey. In the wild marshlands of 1950s North Carolina, Kya Clark (Daisy Edgar-Jones) had a difficult ...
Fire of Love — Stronger Than Fiction 2022

Fire of Love — Stronger Than Fiction 2022

Review by Michele E. Hawkins. Fire of Love tells something of the story of French volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft.  Katia ...