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…

Mank review

MANK Review — All Hollywood Loves It, But Others? Meh

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s Mank review says it’s the kind of glamorous Hollywood biopic Oscar voters adore, but is a little too self absorbed for the rest of us. Big names, lots of money, glamorous subject matter, how can you go wrong? The Netflix Oscar hopeful Mank didn’t exactly go wrong—there are some glorious moments within. It…

Results of the 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards

Check Out the Results of the 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards

Nomadland and The Crown clean up! See the full list of results of the Critics Choice Association’s 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards. On Sunday, March 7, the Critics Choice Association (CCA) announced the winners of the 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards,  live on The CW during an in-person/virtual hybrid ceremony hosted for the third time…

The United States VS Billie Holiday review


In her The United States VS Billie Holiday review, Lisa Johnson Mandell says Andra Day’s riveting performance transcends the rest of the film. American chanteuse Billie Holiday, as well as her poignant, shattering signature song Strange Fruit, are challenging subjects to tackle. We’ve seen and heard them in so many other films, most notably Diana…


Nomadland Review — Stunningly Subtle and Sublime

In her Nomadland review, Lisa Johnson Mandell explains how Frances McDormand and Chloé Zhao show the aching beauty in life stripped down to the bone. Nomadland is one of those “There but for the grace of god go I” films that will leave you pondering for days. Both elegant and gritty, it easily made its way…

26th Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Roaming Inside

Film Nominations for the 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards Announced

2020 was a crazy year for movies, and the 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards have been delayed. Find out who may be picking up trophies on March 7, 2021. The Critics Choice Association (CCA) released it’s film nominees for the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards recently, and the winners will be revealed LIVE on The…

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