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November 28, 2019

Imagine if you will: you’re watching ‘Last Christmas’ at your local theater. Near the end of the second act you feel your phone go off in your pocket (you can’t hear it since it’s muted it because you’re not an idiot). Your friend has been diarrhea poisoned and needs your help right away.

You dart out of the theater thinking, “man, that was a completely satisfactory hour – I don’t know how it ends, but at least this wasn’t a wa...

November 28, 2019

At first glance one could reasonably assume that ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ is a biopic about Fred Rogers and his ascent to becoming one of the world’s most beloved children’s TV hosts.

While reasonable, that assumption would be wrong.

Tom Hanks stars as Mister Rogers in TriStar Pictures’ “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” (Photo by: Lacey Terrell. ©2019 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved. Photo by: Lacey Terrell **AL...

November 26, 2019

If I was given only one word to describe ‘The Irishman,’ that one word would be “intimidating.”

At 209 minutes (yes, you read that right), the film’s runtime is a lot on its own. Now add the following: it takes place over the course of several decades and isn’t always linear; whether or not the events actually happened are disputed, but include real historical figures, including the Kennedy family and Jimmy Hoffa; it’s a mafia-...

November 25, 2019

When it comes to the world of ‘Frozen,’ there are two certainties:

  1. Disney knows how to craft an incredibly enjoyable story around these characters and this world.

  2. You are the only one who thinks it’s cute to dress your kid up like Elsa and share videos of them singing on social media … I cannot stress this enough.

In Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Frozen 2," Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) finds herself in an enchanted...

November 15, 2019

Let’s get this out of the way from the jump: my knowledge of cars is limited to how to drive them and (very, very) basic maintenance of them. I don’t know much about engines and transmissions; I don’t care enough about make/model to know what’s best and what’s worst; and, generally, I find movies about them to be rather insufferable.

Having said that, ‘Ford v Ferrari,’ a story that aside from a couple of names means literally n...

September 13, 2019

During my time as an ink-stained wretch, there were few things that gave me more joy than a movie that showed the heroic journalist working with a whistleblower to blow the lid off a big story or to uncover a vast conspiracy.

I still appreciate that narrative, but having taken a step back from that life, only the truly special ones hold my imagination for longer than the film’s run time. (Think “All the President’s Men,” “Spotl...

September 6, 2019

I was in the minority in my thinking that 2017’s “It” was a good, but not great movie. So, it should come as no surprise that I’m again in the minority in thinking that “It Chapter Two” is better than its predecessor.

Picking up 27 years after the events of the first film, the town of Derry again finds itself with a rash of murders and missing persons reports. The only person that knows (or will admit) what is happening is Mike...

August 30, 2019

As we all know, movie trailers are meant to build momentum, pique interest, and, most importantly, sell tickets. Sometimes those trailers provide an accurate depiction of the film, while others sell the sizzle to what turns out to be a non-existent steak.

Victor Kossakovsky’s water-centric documentary, “Aquarela,” fits squarely into the latter category.

Greenland. (Photo by Victor Kossakovsky and Ben Bernhard. Courtesy of Sony P...

July 19, 2019

We live in a time where on-screen representation is quite possibly more important to studios and audiences than what is actually being shown on screen.

Unfortunately, that has led to perception for some that films with diverse casts and crews are really only meant to appeal to an equally diverse audience.

With its Chinese-American director, all Asian cast, predominantly Chinese dialogue and locales, “The Farewell” could very eas...

July 19, 2019

Alright, boys and girls, before we get started we need to address the elephant, or other large jungle creature in the room: unless Jon Favreau has discovered the dark magic necessary to make wild animals speak and take stage direction, there’s no way the latest iteration of “The Lion King” can be considered “live-action.”

So why don’t we just go ahead and stop referring to it as such.

Featuring the voices of James Earl Jones as...

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