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Southside With You

The pretty truthful telling of the first date between the young Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson. Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter give deft performances in Southside With You as law firm aides who will become the future President and First Lady […]

 
 

Overlooked Films Since 2010

Part of the role of the critic is underlining special films that undeservedly were swept under the rug. Actually, in tens years of writing about film, this is really my most crucial function […]

 
 

Hell or High Water

A “Fargo” type of movie set not under snowfall but in the dearth towns of West Texas. Hell or High Water has always been my kind of movie, the crime drama set in the backdrop of American backwaters […]

 
 

Ben-Hur

Feels its sole purpose of existing is that so it can contrive an updated chariot race for modern audiences. Ben-Hur is weaker in every production facet from the 1959 brawny “Ben-Hur” with Charlton Heston […]

 
 

Jason Bourne

At first I superficially liked it, until I actually had real reasons to like it. Jason Bourne, while to a skeptic may be a gratuitous sequel, is reason to be excited to go the movies again […]

 
 

Bad Moms

Wish fulfillment for underappreciated moms everywhere. Bad Moms is a smorgasbord of crude humor, most of the time teetering on the edge of going too far, but I found almost all scenes pointing towards recognizable […]

 
 

Nerve

Twisted thriller with topical commentary on internet fame. Nerve is about an online community of watchers and players involved in public dares. Emma Roberts is a high school yearbook photographer, a bit of a goody two shoes […]

 
 

Cafe Society

Woody Allen’s latest is a fancy production resurrecting Old Hollywood, but my emotions for the characters and their journeys left me flaccid. I suppose the most die-hard Woody Allen fan will want to check out Café Society anyway […]

 
 

Captain Fantastic

Middle of the road anti-conformist parable. Captain Fantastic is not the quirky Wes Anderson derivative I was expecting, it’s more rugged. In it, Viggo Mortensen has decidedly raised his children in the woods outside of mainframe society […]

 
 

The BFG

Technically well-directed, but it is easy to befuddle as to why Steven Spielberg thought this would be interesting or fun – for any age group. Source material for The BFG is the […]

 
 

The Shallows

A surfer girl tries to out-maneuver a shark for long hours on end. A movie like this lives or dies on the cinematography, the texture and the suspense pacing. The Shallows is not going to have us dethrone “Jaws” […]

 
 

De Palma

“Holy Mackerel!” That’s the enthusiastic pet phrase of the master stylist Brian De Palma as he talks about his life and career in the new career-capping documentary. De Palma is the legendary director talking directly and candidly to the camera for a little under […]