Review: “Ford v Ferrari”

3.5 out of 5 stars A racing movie can be a hard sell for people who aren’t in to the sport.  But “Ford v Ferrari” takes its subject and turns it into an underdog story with heroes who are easy to root for, that doesn’t get mired in technicalities.  Based on a true story, this […]

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Review: “Parasite”

5 out of 5 stars. In “Parasite,” the poor prey on the rich, but it turns out that there is always someone worse off than you.  Writer and director Bong Joon-ho’s commentary on class—South Korea’s entry to the Academy Awards this year, and the first Korean film to win the Palm d’Or at Cannes—is a […]

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Review: “Jojo Rabbit”

4.5 out of 5 stars. When Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” was released in 1940, Adolf Hitler was at the height of his power.  Chaplin’s film, which he wrote, directed, and starred in (playing a duel role that included Adenoid Hynkel, a parody of Hitler), concludes with a passionate speech advocating for humanity.  Despite the […]

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Review: “Hustlers”

4 out of 5 stars. In “Hustlers,” the drama written and directed by Lorene Scafaria and based on the 2015 New York Magazine article titled “The Hustlers at Scores,” there are absolutely zero significant male characters.  Not since 1939’s “The Women” can I think of any other film that has managed to tell a purely […]

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Final Oscar Predictions

I’m not going to lie: this year’s Oscar race hasn’t been pretty.  From controversial manner in which the actual ceremony is being conducted to controversy surrounding the somewhat surprising batch of nominees, the 91st Academy Awards is shaping up to be one interesting evening.  And that’s partly because this awards season as a whole has […]

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Review: “Cold War”

4.5 out of 5 stars. Many of the greatest film romances of all time are sweeping epics, in runtime and scale but also in the way they probe into so many aspects of their characters’ lives and relationships.  Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski does almost the opposite of this with his romantic drama “Cold War.”  The […]

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Review: “The Wife”

4 out of 5 stars. In her acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Drama at the Golden Globe Awards, Glenn Close stated that she believed the film she won for—“The Wife”—took so long to get made because it was called “The Wife.”  But however long it took for the movie based on Meg Wolitzer’s […]

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2019 Oscar Nominee Predictions

The 2019 awards season is now in full swing, and while there are plenty of movies gathering accolades and generating conversation, so much regarding this year’s Oscar race is still up in the air.  Many categories that a month ago seemed set have been thrown into confusion thanks to recent awards ceremonies like the Golden […]

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Review: “Vice”

2.5 out of 5 stars. Dick Cheney is widely considered the most powerful Vice President of all time.  But he had a lengthy political career prior to becoming VP to President George W. Bush in 2000 that shaped his ideals as he rose through the ranks of Washington.  But according to “Vice,” a partly biographical, […]

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