FILM REVIEW – HOPE GAP

The film title, “Hope Gap” may be difficult to remember since it refers not to a character, but a place – a cove on the south coast of England near where Grace (Anette Bening) and Edward (Bill Nighy) have lived for most of their 29 year marriage.  When son Jamie (Josh O’Connor) is summoned home […]

2020-03-24T09:34:43-04:00March 15th, 2020|

FILM REVIEW – EMMA

There are moments at the beginning of Autumn de Wilde’s rendition of Jane Austen’s “Emma” when those who have gathered for their latest “Austen fix” may rightly wonder if the engine will ever start … if the whip will ever be cracked and the carriage begin to move.  For reasons best known to the first […]

2020-03-09T11:40:21-04:00March 8th, 2020|

FILM REVIEW – SEBERG

Seberg” is that volatile film combination of fact and fiction that must be taken at face value and enjoyed (or not) for what it is.  Yes, the FBI did terrorize actress Jean Seberg for her connections with the Black Panthers, among other radical groups.  Yes, she did have an emotionally charged life that led to […]

2020-03-03T08:41:45-05:00March 2nd, 2020|

FILM REVIEW – Parasite

If you missed the winner of the OSCAR for not only Best Picture, but Best Director and Best International Film (the old “Foreign Language” category), then your chance is back.  “Parasite” is playing in wide release, a victory lap of sorts for the richly awarded film by Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho.

Now’s your opportunity to see […]

2020-02-16T17:11:13-05:00February 16th, 2020|

FILM REVIEW – THE GENTLEMEN

This could be one of those moments when we celebrate the fine line between criticism and review.  There have been some self-important critics who have maligned “The Gentlemen,” Guy Ritchie’s latest action/intrigue/comedy offering for a variety of reasons, most of which seem to miss the point.

Matthew McConaughey stars in this British intrigue, stepping out of […]

2020-02-03T16:05:52-05:00February 2nd, 2020|

FILM REVIEW – DOOLITTLE

If there is a formula for the film “Doolittle,” it may well be the following:

Huge budget ($117Million) + Big Name Stars (Robert Downey, Jr., Emma Thompson, Antonio Banderas, Octavia Spencer, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, etc.) + Exotic computer generated images set into sweeping film footage +  Talented director (Stephen Gaghan who wrote and directed “Syriana” […]

2020-01-28T14:09:40-05:00January 26th, 2020|

FILM REVIEW – LITTLE WOMEN

“Little Women” is not a little film.  In fact, it is quite large – in production scope, in reception and in the concentration of creative genius it crams into 2 hours and 15 minutes. And, one more.  It is quite large in heart.

Greta Gerwig, who rocketed to fame and recognition with “Lady Bird” has crafted a script based […]

2020-01-28T14:11:14-05:00January 16th, 2020|

FILM REVIEW – 1917

There is some emotional relief in “1917,” the latest, exceptional film by director Sam Mendes.  The emotional relief lasts for about 3 minutes before the audience realizes that they are on a day, night and morning furtive journey … a foot race to halt a brutal ambush of British troops in World War I.

Once the […]

2020-01-28T14:13:18-05:00January 12th, 2020|

FILM REVIEW – STAR WARS – THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Episode IX of the trilogy of trilogies that is the “Star Wars” franchise has one important element to commend it.  It brings “the band back together.”  With the possible exceptions of Darth Vader (his crushed and melted helmet stands in).  Obi Wan Kenobi (actor Alec Guinness died in 2000) and Yoda. Director J.J Abrams has […]

2020-01-28T14:22:49-05:00December 25th, 2019|

FILM REVIEW – BOMBSHELL

“Bombshell” doesn’t begin with an obliterating explosion.  It simmers and bothers … it teases and terrifies.  Then, with targeted force, it explodes.

This is the story of the total collapse of Roger Ailes, the legendary creator of the Fox News juggernaut who took his experiences promoting the elections of Ronald Reagan, the Bushes, Rudy Giuliani and […]

2020-01-28T14:23:11-05:00December 23rd, 2019|