Filmmaker Celine Song is earning high praise from critics for PAST LIVES, her very first feature film. PAST LIVES is a melancholy love story about how the choices we make shape our lives and how, over time, we can feel sad when we think about what might have been. The main character is a woman who came to North America from Korea when she was just12 years old. Now, 24 years later she’s a married playwright in New York City when her unmarried childhood sweetheart comes to visit. PAST LIVES is restrained, well acted, heartfelt drama, a slow paced, touching movie about the kind of sadness we all experience over the roads we didn’t go down. (WARD and KAHALA Theaters) I also want to let you know about IT AIN’T OVER, a superb documentary on Yogi Berra, the great Yankee baseball catcher who won ten Worlds Series rings. It’s showing only at the Koko Marina Theaters through next Wednesday, June 28.
A HAUNTING IN VENICE is the most recent of more than twenty movies based on the works of mystery writer Agatha Christie. Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as detective Hercule Poirot for the third time (after MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS and DEATH ON THE NILE). The movie is a modest entertainment given a lavish treatment. It’s got a great cast and creative cinematography, but the whodunnit plot is a bit confusing and a little hard to believe. It’s the kind of film you will likely enjoy but forget about in a few weeks. There’s more than a little supernatural suggestion throughout this movie, but to call it A “HAUNTING” IN VENICE is a stretch. This is an old fashioned murder mystery not a horror film..... If you missed my review of OPPENHEIMER and want to see it, you can find it here: https://youtu.be/PZnROOaPH7Q