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The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard review

THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD review— Unfortunately Misses Its Mark

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard review says that even an engaging cast can’t save this disjointed action flick. I found the original The Hitman’s Bodyguard cheeky and amusing, if not consummately memorable, so I was primed to enjoy the sequel, especially with the additions of Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas. Stars Ryan Reynolds and…

In the Heights Review

IN THE HEIGHTS Review — Bound to Be the Hit of the Summer

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s In the Heights review says the colorful and creative, New York-based romance will take its place among the best musicals of the decade. Dazzling — if there’s one word to describe Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’s new big screen adaptation of his Broadway hit, In the Heights, that would be it. The…

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It review

THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT Review – Supernatural Chills

Staci Layne Wilson’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It review says the third entry in the supernatural saga of Ed and Lorraine Warren is worth a peek for horror fans. Paranormal power couple Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga) dive into one of their most sensational assignments when they take the Devil…

Cruella review

CRUELLA Review — Fabulous Fashionable Fun

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s Cruella review says Disney’s new origin story of the legendary villainess is a fiendish delight and just what we need right now. You could stay home and pay the $29.99 Premiere Access fee to watch Cruella on Disney+, but the madness, the wildness the decadence and the spectacle of this Disney villainess…

A Quiet Place Part 2 Review

A Quiet Place 2 Review — John Krasinski Does It Again!

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s A Quiet Place 2 review says it’s even better the second time around, and we already can’t wait for the third. No one saw (or heard) A Quiet Place coming. John Krasinski was beloved as Jim Halpert on The Office, but as a writer and director of a major motion picture? We…

North Hollywood review

North Hollywood Review — A Skater Asks Which Way to Turn

In her North Hollywood review, Lisa Johnson Mandell notes the skater coming of age film has a cuttingly creative edge. It’s perfect timing for the release a movie about a recently graduated high school senior attempting to decide what his next move will be. This unapologetic indie with a cuttingly creative edge will ring poignantly…

Wrath of Man review

Wrath of Man Review — Thrills, Kills and Spills

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s Wrath of Man review says the breakneck pacing and suspense, plus Jason Statham at his steely best, overcome the film’s minor flaws. Banks? Jewels? Drugs? Art? Heist movies and TV shows on those topics have been done ad nauseam, so it’s exciting to come across a heist pic that doesn’t focus on…

Four Good Days review

Four Good Days Review — A Masterful Film About the Dark Depths of Addiction

Film Critic Leah Sydney’s Four Good Days review says that the addiction drama starring Glenn Close and Mila Kunis is a powerful and artistic must-see movie.  Four Good Days is a searing, realistic, female powerhouse drama which stars Glenn Close as Deb and Mila Kunis as her drug addicted daughter Molly. Directed by Rodrigo Garcia, who also co-wrote…

Crisis review

CRISIS Review — A Seriously Remarkable Film About a Seriously Tragic Issue

Film Critic Leah Sydney’s Crisis review says its a rock solid film worthy of its recent status as the # 1 selling movie on iTunes. Crisis is a spot on movie that delivers on the timely and compelling story of opioid addiction. Interwoven with different explosive narratives that boldly crisscross each other, the film is terrifically…

French Exit review

FRENCH EXIT Review — Suffering from Potentially Terminal Ennui

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s French Exit review says even the many and great gifts of Michelle Pfeiffer can’t overcome haphazard directing and a low-grade tone. So many of us were looking forward to seeing the ever radiant Michelle Pfeiffer return to the A-List in a significant leading role. We all know what she’s capable of, and…

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THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD review— Unfortunately Misses Its Mark

IN THE HEIGHTS Review — Bound to Be the Hit of the Summer

THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT Review – Supernatural Chills

CRUELLA Review — Fabulous Fashionable Fun

A Quiet Place 2 Review — John Krasinski Does It Again!

North Hollywood Review — A Skater Asks Which Way to Turn

Wrath of Man Review — Thrills, Kills and Spills

Four Good Days Review — A Masterful Film About the Dark Depths of Addiction

CRISIS Review — A Seriously Remarkable Film About a Seriously Tragic Issue

FRENCH EXIT Review — Suffering from Potentially Terminal Ennui