Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

Review: TOY STORY 4

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) Even though Disney/Pixar could have ended a successful franchise with a trilogy, they opted to make it a quadrilogy, and the results aren’t actually bad. The latest installment in the Toy Story saga shows a tremendous amount of love for its characters and stories; though I […]

Review: CHILD’S PLAY (2019)

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars) At this point in my work in film criticism, I have to just shug and go with the flow when I hear about a new remake. I mean; honestly, what can I do? When Disney, the world’s biggest studio is producing mostly remakes and others are […]

Israeli Film Center Festival 2019 Review: RED COW

By Mark Saldana Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars) In East Jerusalem, teenager Benni (Avigail Kovari) and her most devout father Yehoshua (Gal Toren) cling to their faith and traditions while dealing with political strife and still coping with the tragic death of Benni’s mother and Yehoshua’s wife. Things become rather complicated and challenging when […]

Israeli Film Center Festival 2019 Review: FIG TREE

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) This particular film from Ethiopian-Israeli director Aalam-Warqe Davidian tells a very desperate story of Jews in Ethiopia trying to escape persecution and civil war. The protagonist Mina (Betalehem Asmamawe), a 16 year-old young lady, and her family are attempting to illegally emigrate to Israel. Meanwhile, Mina’s […]

Review: SHAFT (2019)

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars) The Shaft saga continues with a movie that attempts to be more politically correct and less misogynistic than any other previous entry in the series. However, this approach, paired with a more comedic tone, will probably grate with die hard fans of the original Blaxploitaion movies […]