June 2, 2020

Here’s how small towns work: either everyone knows everything that’s going on and everyone else is up to, or a big (relatively speaking, of course) event is going on and nobody is the wiser during said event.

Such is the case in ‘The Vast of Night.’

Everett Sloan (Jake Horowitz) and Fay Crocker (Sierra McCormick) listen for answers in ‘The Vast of Night.’ (Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios)

On a non-descript 1950s night in a non-d...

June 1, 2020

If I'm being totally honest, in the three months since I last sat in a movie theater I had completely forgotten about “The High Note.”

That, however, wasn't because I wasn't interested in the film. I was. As a matter of fact, after having seen the trailer a couple of times at my local cinema, I was downright looking forward to it … although I did set my expectations low before watching.

So perhaps it's those low expectations, or...

March 9, 2020

By the time I hit the 20-minute mark of ‘Onward,’ I had to ask myself whether it was actually a Disney Pixar movie or if I’d simply convinced myself it was.

It didn’t necessarily have the “look” of one, which wasn’t a big deal, but it was really missing the feel – that emotional oomph that all the great Disney Pixar flicks have. Missing that feel really made it feel like one of the corny DreamWorks movies.

Ian (Tom Holland) and...

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...

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