Picturehouse Entertainment

The Last Tree tussles with tough issues

Movie | New independent film is not for kids
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 7/02/20, 05:05 pm

Ah, the freedom of childhood: 11-year-old boys playing in mud, wrestling, out-­bellowing each other, oblivious of skin color.

Still, despite its family themes, compelling cinematography, evocative score, and impressive acting, The Last Tree is not for kids. It’s worth seeing if you’re ready for an unvarnished, revealing journey into the world of a foster child struggling to find his identity, torn between cultures.

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MWM Studios

Lots of action, little restraint

Movie | My Spy isn’t quite a kid or adult movie
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 7/02/20, 05:03 pm

CIA operative JJ (a tough-looking Dave Bautista) doesn’t do subtle. In My Spy’s opening scene, he blows his mission by blowing up too many people. The violence is somewhat comical and artsy, but JJ does a lot of killing for a PG-13 film (available on Amazon Prime).

JJ’s boss gives him one more chance with a new mission: Surveil widow Kate and her 9-year-old daughter Sophie. Kate’s brother-in-law Victor is a bad dude up to no good.

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Martin Kemp

A delightful film journey

Documentary | David Suchet’s In the Footsteps of St. Peter is a hidden streaming gem
by Megan Basham
Posted 7/02/20, 04:59 pm

Think of actor David Suchet as a sort of Christian Rick Steves. With his 2015 documentary In the Footsteps of St. Peter, he guides us cheerily along the highways of the apostle’s life. He hits major points of the New Testament and heads down intriguing byways, based more on tradition and theory. Along the way, he may stop now and then to sample a local delicacy, like fried tilapia sold in Galilean ports as “Peter’s fish,” or to admire a lovely 11th-century fresco. 

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