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Velvet Buzzsaw review

VELVET BUZZSAW Review — A Darkly Comedic Fright Flick Based on the Adage: “Art is Dangerous”

In her Velvet Buzzsaw review, critic Staci Layne Wilson says it’s one of the better horror movies she’s seen lately. And it’s oh-so stylish! Velvet Buzzsaw stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, John Malkovich, and Toni Collette as ambitious art aficionados clawing their way to the pinnacle of their profession. This is an empty, air-inflated world…

What Men Want review

WHAT MEN WANT Review — You Would Think it Would be a No-Brainer

What Men Want review — Even the ability to read men’s minds can’t help Taraji P. Henson make sense of this messy material. Taraji P. Henson, as a take-no-prisoners sports agent, leaps on screen like a champ. At the beginning of What Men Want she packs so much punch you don’t know what hit you, and…

Cold pursuit review

COLD PURSUIT Review — Right Up There With FARGO

Cold Pursuit Review — This darkly comedic Liam Neeson thriller gives the phrase “dead of winter” a whole new meaning. Finally, a 2019 release worth braving the elements and rushing the theater to see. And no matter how bitterly the Polar Vortex is treating you, I promise you’ll feel warm and toasty compared to Liam…

The Lego Movie 2 Review

THE LEGO MOVIE 2 Review — Building on the First in Fun New Ways

The Lego Movie 2 — The Second Part review — 10-year-old Winston says it’s “hilarious and super-meta.”  Editor’s Note: for this The Lego Movie 2 — The Second Part review Winston is joined by his equally film savvy twin sister Betty Winston: The sequel begins with the Lego city of “Bricksburg” getting invaded by monsters made…

Miss Bala Review

MISS BALA Review — Gina Rodriguez Goes Balistic

Miss Bala Review — a gritty journey from high heels and tiaras to automatic weapons and drug lords. Quick: What does the title “Miss Bala” bring to mind? If your answer is  head scratch, you’re not alone. To clue you in, “bala” is the Spanish word for “bullet,” and once you understand that, and realize…

The Kid Who Would Be King Review

THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING Review — Winston Says it Rules

Winston’s The Kid Who Would Be King says it’s the same old King Arthur story with a new, modern twist. The Kid Who Would Be King is a modern update of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, which many of us learned through Disney’s The Sword in the Stone (I prefer…

Glass review

GLASS Review – Fragile Story Holds Together, But Just Barely

Staci Layne Wilson’s Glass review says it combines elements from Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016), then weaves them into something wicked, new and intriguing. Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan has crafted an intriguing if somewhat convoluted tale in Glass, which can best be described as a dark superhero thriller. It combines characters and elements from Unbreakable…

The Upside Review

THE UPSIDE Review — Bryan Cranston Scores With An Assist From Kevin Hart

The Upside Review — The American version works just fine, thanks to the clever chemistry between its two stars. Let’s get this out of the way at the start: Yes, it’s an American remake of the fabulous French film The Intouchables. And no, the English language version is not quite as good. But how many of…

Sandra Oh Jodie Comer Critics Choice Awards 2019

2019 Critics Choice Awards — Loaded With Surprising Choices

Just like the Golden Globes, the 2019 Critics Choice Awards results were wildly unpredictable, and the Oscars could go to…anyone. Well, the 2019 Critics Choice Awards, the entertainment event of the year from my perspective, happened last night, and I will say this for my colleagues in the voting body—They are wildly unpredictable. I was…

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Destroyer Review – Nicole Kidman is Riveting. The Film? Not So Much

Destroyer Review — Nicole Kidman is the wrecking ball in this otherwise tedious, drawn-out drama. Director Karyn Kusama knows how to pack a punch—she broke out in a big way years ago with her indie debut Girlfight. In a career of hits and misses, she’s faltered with would-be blockbusters like Aeon Flux. But if there…

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