Recent Reviews

 

Chappaquiddick

I went in hoping that it would amount to some minor footnote that might dabble with an interesting point or two, but knew a quarter through that Chappaquiddick is the kind of essential film that is much better than expectations and that gets underrated […]

 
 

Loveless (Russia)

I am ever so certain the winner of Best Foreign Film at the Oscars this year should have been the Russian film Loveless. I’m a liberal but liberals at large would have been outraged, I mean, how could we allow Russia to win anything […]

 
 

Scarecrow (1973)

We have seen all types of Al Pacino performances that suggest the breadth of his range. I hadn’t seen Scarecrow (1973) since I was 12-years old, but returning to it, I seemed to have gotten the final piece of the puzzle that truly defines the wizardry acting of Pacino […]

 
 

Hereditary

Last year we had “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” “Get Out,” “Raw” and “Happy Death Day.” This year, it’s even way better, we have “Annihilation” and now Hereditary. It can’t possibly be too early to say […]

 
 

First Reformed

Ethan Hawke is a priest with a crisis of conscience, and yet he is supposed to lead the celebration of when his church has its’ upcoming two hundred and fiftieth anniversary. It’s amazing it still stands since its held together by outside donations, while the modernized Abundant Life Church down the road is the one that’s popular and thriving. I’m thinking at first, how is First Reformed […]

 
 

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Another overplotted Star Wars fable. Solo: A Star Wars Story is also weighed down by the impossible task of making actor Alden Ehrenreich into a plausible young Hans Solo portrayal, which is not pulled off […]

 
 

Deadpool 2

I’m still shocked – yet not really, more like disappointed – that our culture is not burned out with superhero movie fatigue. I sure am. Despite having been overfed with superhero junk, I was taken for a loop when I fell for the offbeat R-rated Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool two years ago. Now we’re back, and while Deadpool 2 is not as fresh, we still get the same foul-mouthed […]

 
 

Overboard

We are more watered down and PC-minded now than we were thirty years ago. Being all morally abundant and righteous and message-heavy does not make our movie comedies better. The makers of Overboard probably really wanted to do a remake of the 1987 Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell yukfest, but the way the movie carries itself […]

 
 

I Feel Pretty

There is never a problem with Amy Schumer not being able to be funny, but there is too often a problem with the movie itself being shapeless and rambling. Schumer is a New York City gal who is instantly out of place at a spin class at the start of I Feel Pretty, and it has all those awkward moments of a Plain Jane sticking out in a room full of […]

 
 

Borg vs. McEnroe

Tennis is a sport that I love, and I’ll gladly sit through any classic tennis match that’s decades old. But this docudrama too often does not do a good job. Borg vs McEnroe is about the 1980 Wimbledon Final between two opposite players, opposite in form and technique and opposite in personality […]

 
 

You Were Never Really Here

In many ways, it’s an innovative work that you wish would not be that maddeningly opaque with you. You Were Never Really Here features Joaquin Phoenix in an outstanding performance as a very dangerous […]

 
 

Lean on Pete

A teenager with toughness and resilience carries a story that’s analog to the type of movies we got in the 1970’s. Lean on Pete follows near impoverished 15-year old Charlie (Charlie Plummer) who meets a horse race owner (Steve Buscemi) who lets […]