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Life Itself Review

LIFE ITSELF Review — Tears for Fears and Jeers

Life Itself Review: A slow and sappy slog through every emotionally manipulative device known to filmkind Amazing the cred and license you’re granted when you’re intricately involved in a network mega-hit like This Is Us. Dan Fogelman, writer, director and executive producer of the aforementioned NBC drama series, has taken his slick and soapy sensibilities…

Colette review

COLETTE Review — Kiera Knightly’s Timely Take On the Gifted French Author

Colette Review —17 years in the making, there’s no time like the present to tell this scintillating tale The real life Colette, Ernest Hemingway’s third wife Martha Gelhorn and the Glenn Close character in The Wife are three literary women who have much in common. All were extraordinarily talented writers who had to fight their way…

Fahrenheit 11/9 review

FAHRENHEIT 11/9 Review — Definitely Not Politics as Usual

Fahrenheit 11/9 Review—It’s not at all what you were expecting, no matter which way you swing In my career as a radio film critic, I’ve been very careful to keep politics out of my reviews. I’ve given live film critiques on very liberal talk radio shows, and on very conservative ones, always with the understanding…

Life Itself Review

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS Review — Winston Says It’s Scary But Not Too Scary

The House with a Clock in Its Walls Review — Full of magic creatures and full on frights The House with a Clock in Its Walls surpassed my expectations. The trailer made me expect it to be more aimed at little kids, and be more dumbed down than it turned out to be. It was also scarier than…

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LOVE, GILDA Review – The Gilda Radner Doc is Nice, But Don’t Expect Sax and Violins

Love Gilda Review — Saying you don’t like a movie about the glorious Gilda Radner is like saying you hate puppies, so I won’t say it…  Love Gilda opens a window into the sometimes worrisome and sometimes whimsical world of beloved comedy icon Gilda Radner, whose greatest role was sharing her stories on as one of…

A Simple Favor review

A SIMPLE FAVOR Review — Suspense, Style and Humor: What More Could You Ask?

Twisty, testy and tasty, A Simple Favor is watchability on a silver platter I love a movie that can keep me guessing, one that doesn’t reveal plot twists coming from a mile away. Throw in killer (literally) fashion, arch humor and an utterly engaging cast, and you have one fabulous movie in my book, or…

The Predator Review

THE PREDATOR Review — A Tongue-in-Cheek Reboot? Why Not?

The Predator Review — Deadly, yes. Deadly serious? No. And that’s what makes it worth watching I can see it going this way: A handful of studio execs and filmmakers sitting in some swanky conference room, far removed from the rest of the world, power gulping Red Bulls and espressos, jubilantly declare, “What the world…

Peppermint review

PEPPERMINT Review — A DEATH WISH for the 21st Century, Bad Mustaches and All

Peppermint Review — It’s refreshing to see a butt kicking boot on the other foot for a change. Jennifer Garner’s got glorious and gritty game. The word ‘peppermint’ connotes a sweet, pink, fresh-flavored treat, which is exactly what Jennifer Garner’s suburban mother Riley North is before a vicious L.A. gang brutally guns down her husband…

Mandy Review

MANDY Review – Nicolas Cage’s Latest Flick is a Trippy Dark Fantasy

Mandy Review —If you enjoy trippy dark fantasy films and volumes of violence presented with phantasmagoric glee, then this flick is for you Nicolas Cage is a truly great actor. I am a fan. But let’s face it: he’s not a one-man meme generator for nothing. His penchant for histrionic performances is legendary and that…

Lizzie Review

LIZZIE Review – Takes a Swing and Hits the Mark

Lizzie Review — The biopic about Lizzie Borden starring Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart is bleeding edge  “Lizzie Borden took an ax, and gave her mother 40 whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41.” Those are lines from an old nursery rhyme (cute, huh?) but the story is in fact…

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LIFE ITSELF Review — Tears for Fears and Jeers

COLETTE Review — Kiera Knightly’s Timely Take On the Gifted French Author

FAHRENHEIT 11/9 Review — Definitely Not Politics as Usual

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS Review — Winston Says It’s Scary But Not Too Scary

LOVE, GILDA Review – The Gilda Radner Doc is Nice, But Don’t Expect Sax and Violins

A SIMPLE FAVOR Review — Suspense, Style and Humor: What More Could You Ask?

THE PREDATOR Review — A Tongue-in-Cheek Reboot? Why Not?

PEPPERMINT Review — A DEATH WISH for the 21st Century, Bad Mustaches and All

MANDY Review – Nicolas Cage’s Latest Flick is a Trippy Dark Fantasy

LIZZIE Review – Takes a Swing and Hits the Mark