‘Voice from the Stone’ speaks with its stunning visuals, mysterious performances

“Voice from the Stone” – Jakob (Edward Dring) is hurting.  Seven months and 16 days ago, his mother, Malvina (Caterina Murino), died in her home, and Jakob was by her bedside when she passed away. He is about 11 years old, and from the moment that she passed, he has not spoken a word to anyone, not even his grieving father, Klaus (Marton Csokas).  Klaus is beside himself because of the loss of his lovely, talented wife but also because of Jakob’s silence. He hired several nurses to hopefully find…

Gere and Cedar make ‘Norman’ a definite BUY

“Norman” – $1,192.18 Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere), the struggling head of Oppenheimer Strategies – who usually wears an unflattering, light brown winter coat, a longshoreman’s cap and sports ear buds connected to his iPhone – makes an investment of $1,192.18 during an ordinary weekday in Manhattan.  Hoping that this cash outlay would land him future opportunities, his spontaneous action – in fact – earns him a life-changing seat at the table, the connected world of money, politics and access! Well, sort of. You see, Norman’s entire life seems to be…

Gray and Hunnam discover an absorbing journey towards ‘The Lost City of Z’

“The Lost City of Z” – “It is there, and we must find it.” – Col. Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) “Ain’t nobody comes back from up there.” – A disbeliever When traveling, I frequently look to my phone for five-star reviews for some out of the way restaurant or coffee shop.  Sure, I may not be too familiar with the new neighborhoods or roadways, but the determination to discover a sought-after meal or liquid caffeine is strong.  Well, that is the extent of my efforts in exploration, so – to…

‘The Promise’ conveys an emotional World War I history lesson

“The Promise” – “There are churches and mosques like you wouldn’t believe.” In 1914 Constantinople, this is Mikael Boghosian’s (Oscar Isaac) reaction to Turkey’s most prominent city.  Although cultural differences can be a source of tension and divisiveness, Turks and Armenians live in relative harmony during this time, not only in this massive cultural center, but also in Mikael’s small village of Siroun. As director Terry George’s (“Hotel Rwanda” (2004)) picture opens, Mikael – an Armenian – makes a promise to a Maral (Angela Sarafyan), that after two years away…

‘Tommy’s Honour’ birdies, pars and bogeys

“Tommy’s Honour” – “I love the way the game of golf is lived and played in Scotland.  I always have.” – Tom Watson Many, many fans rightfully consider Tom Watson as golf-royalty, but “Tommy’s Honour” is a biopic about another athlete of the links, Tommy Morris (Jack Lowden), a 19th Century prodigy from Scotland. He is also known as Young Tom, because his father – naturally – is nicknamed Old Tom (Peter Mullan), a masterful greenskeeper at the legendary St Andrews golf course.  Director Jason Connery chronicles Tommy’s rise as…