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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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” […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

FILM REVIEW – CATS

And, now we have “Cats,” the film.  How, in the name of all that is magical about movies, did we get to this forsaken place?

Well, once upon a time, there was a brilliant set of poems by British poet T. S. Eliot.  When wildly celebrated composer Andrew Lloyd Weber gathered up a copy of “Old […]

By |2020-01-28T14:23:22-05:00December 23rd, 2019|Movie Reviews|

FILM REVIEW – MARRIAGE STORY

Clarity above all.  “Marriage Story” is about a marriage that falls apart … right before your very eyes – somewhat reminiscent of the celebrated “Kramer vs. Kramer.”  “Marriage Story” is, however, both unique and worthy of notice beyond comparison.  It is one of the best acted, crispest films to come forward during the current “Oscar […]

By |2020-01-28T14:18:02-05:00December 15th, 2019|Movie Reviews|

FILM REVIEW – KNIVES OUT

And, you think your family is dysfunctional?  A simple investment of 2 hours and 12 minutes with “Knives Out,” Rian Johnson’s truly enjoyable comedy/mystery film will put things in perspective.

An ensemble cast of brilliant actors (among them Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson and Chris Evans) gathers at the Thrombey mansion outside of Boston to sort […]

By |2020-01-28T14:18:32-05:00December 10th, 2019|Movie Reviews|
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