Film Review: Top End Wedding

Film Review: ‘Top End Wedding’ a crowd-pleaser worth your time

A feel-good film from beginning to end, Top End Wedding was a crowd-pleaser in 2019, Australia’s highest grossing film. A romantic comedy with a happy ending (spoiler alert), one thinks of Four Weddings and a Funeral because of the ups and downs of more than one romantic relationship and...
Indie Film Review: 'Top End Wedding'

Mostly British Film Festival: ‘Top End Wedding’ and ‘Jill Billcock: Dancing the Invisible’

A few Stark Insider capsule film reviews from the Mostly British Film Festival (Vogue Theatre) in San Francisco. TOP END WEDDING (2019) Director: Wayne Blair Writers: Miranda Tapsell, Joshua Tyler Stars: Brooklyn Doomadgee, Helena Johnson, Dan Collins A standout at the Mostly British Film Festival this year is the Australian romantic comedy, Top End Wedding, directed by...
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ an inspiring, absorbing documentary about a very private person

"An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of [a] legendary storyteller and Nobel prize winner".
Film Review: Judy starring Renee Zellweger

Film Review: Finding ‘Judy’

My neighbor Kitty telephones one afternoon and says, “let’s go see Judy.” Since we do not know anyone named Judy, I quickly figure out she is referring to the acclaimed film biography of Judy Garland, starring Renee Zellweger.OK, I say. Where is it playing? At the Presidio? Oh, I...
Harriet - Film Review

Film Review: ‘Harriet’ inspires and heals

American film director Kasi Lemmons has been interviewed extensively on her vision for her stirring film biography of Harriet Tubman. Lemmons has said:She was incredibly strong. She was incredibly tiny….This very small, very strong, very fierce woman was doing this work in incredibly turbulent times….The physicality involved in...
Downton Abbey Film Review 2019 - Stark Insider

Film Review: ‘Downton Abbey’ a pleasant, glossy experience with beautiful cinematography

From 2010 to 2015 the Downton Abbey television series fascinated American audiences. Created by Julian Fellowes, the miniseries chronicled the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family in the early 20th century, after the Great War (1914-1918) and before the Great Depression.Downton Abbey The Movie was made for devoted fans...
OFFICIAL SECRETS - Film Review- Keira Knightley

Film Review: ‘Official Secrets’ a fascinating glimpse into British intelligence

Keira Knightley’s performance is central to the success of the film.
Q Ball Film Review - San Francisco Film Festival

‘Q Ball’ Film Review: Rehabilitation is possible and even essential

Closing night at the 2019 San Francisco Film Festival featured Q Ball, a powerful documentary about basketball with Kevin Durant as an executive producer. This was the premiere showing for the film. A Fox Sports Film release, Q Ball has multiple producers and executive producers.In this film director and...
Film Review: 'When I'm A Moth'

Film Review: ‘When I’m a Moth’ a fascinating film inspired by a line or two from Hillary Clinton memoir

A parable about America, political narratives, and the absence of free will.