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The Irishman

The Irishman is a crime drama that feels like the final segment from three of the genre’s giants, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorcese.  A stand alone piece the film feels nostalgic, familiar  and almost conclusive of the body of work the three of them have produced in the world of mobsters, power and politics. It’s like a parting gift for the audience to indulge in with them, one last time. Based on the 2004 memoir I Heard You Paint Houses, The Irishman dramatizes the life of Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a lowly paid Philadelphia truck driver who moonlighted as a killer for mafia bigwigs Russell Bufalino (Pesci) and Angelo Bruno (Harvey Keitel).  After joining the ranks Frank Sheeran is introduced to James Hoffa (Al Pacino) the American labour union leader who served as the President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT),  a familiar but fading name from history who during…

White Riot

Rubika Shah’s “White Riot ” captures the rise of the extreme right during the 1970’s,  and the counter grass roots movement  started by Red…

The Farewell

“The Farewell” is a rich family drama that provides a poignant observation of  Chinese life when  Billie,  played by the brilliant Awkwafina, returns from New…