Jonas Karlsson and Malin Åkerman in “A Piece of My Heart”. Photo: Nordisk Film

Quick Take: A PIECE OF MY HEART

Malin Åkerman’s rapport with Jonas Karlsson in her first Swedish leading role is attractive – and so are the summer locations. 


 

Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce in “The Two Popes”. Photo: Netflix

Quick Take: THE TWO POPES

Frequently engrossing and entertaining, aided by flashbacks, a sense of humor and changing locations.


 

Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant in “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”. Photo: Hulu

Quick Take: PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

Lovingly and honestly acted by the two leads, and vividly staged.


 



Julie Christie and Omar Sharif in “Doctor Zhivago”. Photo: MGM

Review: DOCTOR ZHIVAGO

One of director David Lean’s most popular films and it is undeniably a great romantic classic. 


 

Ben Lamb and Rose McIver in “A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby”. Photo: Netflix

Quick Take: A CHRISTMAS PRINCE: THE ROYAL BABY

One gets the feeling that the filmmakers are mocking their audience; so much here is embarrassing. 


 

Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black in “Jumanji: The Next Level”. Photo: Sony Pictures

Quick Take: JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL

While the film offers a few wild chases in 3D, and the sight of Dwayne Johnson finding his inner Danny DeVito, it also has a story running on empty.


 



“Sir Arne’s Treasure”. Photo: SF

Review: SIR ARNE’S TREASURE

This was an ambitious project for its time, its harsh exteriors filmed at several locations in Sweden.


 

Sonequa Martin-Green, Amarr M. Wooten, Romany Malco, Deysha Nelson, Andrea-Marie Alphonse, Selena-Marie Alphonse and Darlene Love in “Holiday Rush”. Photo: Netflix

Quick Take: HOLIDAY RUSH

The story goes through a series of crises that are as predictable as the budding romance between the widowed DJ and his crafty producer. 

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