The Good Liar review

THE GOOD LIAR Review — Expert Poker Faces Make an Interesting Play

The Good Liar Review — Consummate pros Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen deal with a surprising script. The Good Liar starts out amusingly and unexpectedly. When you have two esteemed actors like Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen, you’d think there would be slick international intrigue or eloquent Shakespearean dialogue. But no—we see two seniors in separate…

Last Christmas review

LAST CHRISTMAS Review — At Least the Cast is Pretty

Last Christmas review — Swinging for the Love Actually fences and missing.  This film has an impeccable pedigree — co-written by the divine Emma Thompson, who also has a small role, and directed by rom com impressario Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Knocked Up, A Simple Favor). Then there’s the fact that it stars the outrageously gorgeous…


TERMINATOR: DARK FATE Review — Revenge of the Kickass Women

Terminator: Dark Fate review — The future is in the hands of three remarkable women and one crotchety old android. What will they do? The first thing you need to know about Terminator: Dark Fate is that it picks up where the second Terminator movie, 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day, left off. You can forget…

JoJo Rabbit review

JOJO RABBIT Review — A Gorgeous, Compelling and Comedic Surprise

JoJo Rabbit review — One of my favorite films of the year so far, star/writer/director Taika Waititi has created something extraordinarily special. When my husband heard that Jojo Rabbit is about a fledgling member of the Hitler Youth and his imaginary friend, Der Fuhrer, he passed on going to the screening with me. “Hitler is…


ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP Review — More Welcome Zany Zombie Zapping

Zombieland: Double Tap review — This ‘Zom Com’ is a literal no-brainer for your Halloween watching pleasure. Who doesn’t like a good zom com? Even if you’re not a fan of Walking Dead and the ilk, there’s plenty of fun to be had from Zombieland: Double Tap. All movies of this genre are best taken with a…

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil review


Maleficent: Mistress of Evil review — Cutesy with a touch of genocide, it’s a curious curveball from Disney. While this movie is called Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, it’s mostly about the now-awakened Sleeping Beauty and princess-to-be Aurora (a cloying Elle Fanning). Maleficent (a commanding Angelina Jolie) skulks about with enormous CG batwings here and there…

Gemini Man review

GEMINI MAN Review — It’s All About the Special Effects

Gemini Man review — this CGI experience with Will Smith starring as his own clone boggles the mind. I never thought I’d say this about a film, but Gemini Man is worth a look for the special effects alone. It’s the first time you’ve ever seen an all CGI character star with real life actors,…

Joker review

JOKER Review — It’s Nothing to Laugh About

Joker review — Starting out pitch black and going darker, this super villain origin story is about as grim and grimy as it gets. DC Comics movies have always been darker than Marvel, and in the hands of directors like Christopher Nolan and Patty Jenkins, the darkness is balanced and intriguing. Not so with Todd Phillips’ Joker. Yes,…

Lucy in the Sky review

LUCY IN THE SKY Review — Don’t Picture Yourself in a Car With a …

Lucy in the Sky Review — The “astronaut in a diaper” stigma does this film no favors. Some viewers might have been intrigued hearing that Lucy in the Sky is loosely based on the real life story of Lisa Nowak, a NASA astronaut who fulfilled a mission on the Space Shuttle Discovery, then came back down…

Abominable review

ABOMINABLE review — 11-Year-Old-Winston Says It Could Snowball Into a Hit

Kid critic Winston Ordoña’s Abominable review says the plot and characters are predictable, yet the lovable monster and the beautiful visuals make DreamWorks’ new animated feature anything but Abominable. Abominable is about how Shanghai teen Yi (Chloe Bennet) has to find a way to return a Yeti home to Mount Everest, crossing thousands of miles with…

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