Review: "1917"

5 out of 5 stars. “1917” is a war epic brought down to a more personal level, without sacrificing the scale or horror of said war.  That is thanks to director Sam Mendes and his crew, who adhere to a vision for this story—based on an anecdote told to him by his grandfather, Alfred Mendes—that […]

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Review: "Uncut Gems"

3.5 out of 5 stars. I watched “Uncut Gems” for the first time over two days ago, and I still have a hard time putting my reaction to the film into words.  It’s engrossing, but not exactly enjoyable; intense, even though the endgame is rather predictable.  None of the characters are likeable, including Adam Sandler’s […]

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Streaming Recap: December 2019

Adam Driver, festive royal families, and dogs: here’s a series of mini reviews of movies released on streaming services in December. THE REPORT (AMAZON) Okay, technically “The Report” was a November release, but it came in at the end of the month so I’m going to let it slide.  Scott Z. Burns’ film, which I […]

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Top 10 Movies of 2019

2019 is over, and you know what that means- it’s time to reflect on the best movies released this past year.  Everybody under the sun may be making their “best of 2019” lists right now, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to miss out.  You can check out my picks for what I believe to […]

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Review: "Little Women" (2019)

4.5 out of 5 stars. “Little Women” has been the favorite book of many for generations, and the majority of its many film adaptations have been solid as well.  But never has the story felt so alive as it does in Greta Gerwig’s new film version, which she wrote and directed.  Based on the 1868 […]

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Review: "Cats"

1 out of 5 stars. I will never forget where I was when the “Cats” trailer first debuted.  It was a warm summer evening, and I was standing in a Starbucks just outside of Dallas, Texas waiting on the latte I’d ordered.  Having not been on my phone much all day, I scrolled through Twitter, […]

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Review: "The Two Popes"

3.5 out of 5 stars. “The Two Popes” is the story of two men at an intellectual and spiritual crossroads.  Adapted by Anthony McCarten from his play “The Pope” and directed by Fernando Meirelles, the film maintains the intimacy of a stage production with some added cinematic flourishes, and is anchored by fantastic performances by […]

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Review: "Bombshell"

2.5 out of 5 stars. “Bombshell,” one of the first big movies to be based on some of the events that spurred the Me Too movement, is simultaneously shocking, and shockingly tame. Directed by Jay Roach, the film revolves around the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News, in which several women exposed CEO Roger Ailes, […]

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