Movie reviews, delivered with brevity.
Except when they’re long.
Let me begin by saying that I went into The Greatest Showman, the story of P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman), predisposed to like it for three reasons - I love movie musicals, Jackman can do no wrong, and I was glad to see a film out there suitable for the entire family, a...read more
Steven Spielberg's The Post is a timely and well done look back at the events surrounding the Washington Post's publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, and it does a very good job at capturing the tensions within the hierarchy of the newspaper as Katherine Graham...read more
The Last Jedi is a complex storyline of multiple plots, some ending and some beginning, but crisply presented to the audience like a vibrant river flowing through a galaxy…far far away.read more
Wonder is the sweet new film from director Stephen Chbosky, based on a novel by R.J. Palacio, that recounts one year in the life of Auggie Pullman as he enters and navigates 5th grade after having been home-schooled up to that point. Auggie suffers from a rare genetic...read more
Pixar. That single word warrants its own sentence (and this one too) because it conveys so much: gorgeous animation, reverence to culture, and the uncanny ability to tackle complex adult emotions in a five-year-old’s forum. And, true to form, Coco delivers. Your kids...read more
When reviewing Kenneth Branagh's new film of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, one is compelled to not only address the issue of whether it is any good but also the issue of whether it even needed to be remade, since after all, a perfectly serviceable ...read more
When a film is both faith-based and fact-based, it seems churlish to criticize it but in the case of Same Kind of Different as Me, the new film by Michael Carney, it is clear that good intentions do not a good movie make. "Different," which was originally scheduled...read more
One would expect a film about Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, to focus on his most well-known and significant case, the 1954 Brown vs Board of Education decision; instead, Reginald Hudlin's new film, Marshall, depicts the...read more
In 2001, director Steven Soderbergh brought Ocean's 11 to the screen, telling the tale of a crew led by Danny Ocean (George Clooney) as they robbed a Las Vegas casino; in two subsequent sequels, Soderbergh continued the adventures of Danny Ocean with diminishing...read more
War for the Planet of the Apes is the latest saga in the Apes trilogy, following 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes; whether this is the concluding chapter remains to be seen (the way this one ends, it can go either way)....read more