Review: “The Disaster Artist”

4 out of 5 stars. I never thought I'd see the day that a movie was made about the making of Tommy Wiseau's "The Room," one of the worst and most bizarre movies of all time. I especially never thought that the film about the making of said movie would be so great, but here … Continue reading Review: “The Disaster Artist”

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Review: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

4.5 out of 5 stars. There’s a lot in American culture that people don’t talk about; much of that has changed over the last year or so, but police brutality and rape culture are divisive issues all the same.  It has taken an English writer and director, Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges,” “Seven Psychopaths”) to bring … Continue reading Review: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Review: “Coco”

5 out of 5 stars. I’m sure that, as I was watching “Coco,” a minor issue or two regarding the plot pinged in the back of my head, but honestly, I can’t remember now what those issues might have been.  That’s because “Coco,” the latest animated feature from Pixar, is about as close to perfect … Continue reading Review: “Coco”

Review: “Lady Bird”

4.5 out of 5 stars. “Lady Bird” opens with a close-up of a mother and daughter sharing a bed in a hotel room, sleeping, facing toward each other but not touching.  It’s a shot that effectively establishes the connection this pair has that forms the foundation of writer and director Greta Gerwig’s stunning and honest … Continue reading Review: “Lady Bird”

Review: “Darkest Hour”

3.5 out of 5 stars. Gary Oldman is one of the most talented and prolific actors working today, but it’s now, more than 30 years into his career, that we get what will likely be his most memorable achievement.  In “Darkest Hour,” the new historical drama from director Joe Wright, Oldman plays newly-appointed British Prime … Continue reading Review: “Darkest Hour”

Review: “The Florida Project”

4.5 out of 5 stars. Sean Baker’s film “The Florida Project” is set mere miles from the most magical place on Earth, which makes the plight of the characters it explores all the more sobering.  While tourists spend lavish amounts of money on vacations at Walt Disney World, residents in nearby Kissimmee struggle to scrounge … Continue reading Review: “The Florida Project”

Review: “Blade Runner 2049”

3.5 out of 5 stars. “Blade Runner 2049” opens with a shot that calls back to Ridley Scott’s original 1982 film: a close up of an eye, staring straight into the camera.  It’s an unsettling image that sets the tone of the film, as well as one of its main themes: the perception of what … Continue reading Review: “Blade Runner 2049”

Review: “Battle of the Sexes”

4 out of 5 stars. “Battle of the Sexes” opens with a scene that, despite taking place in the early 1970s, likely won’t be unfamiliar to many audiences.  Fresh off of a winning streak that made her the world’s top woman tennis player, Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) discovers that the prize money for the … Continue reading Review: “Battle of the Sexes”

Oscar Predictions

We’re officially less than a week away from Hollywood’s biggest night.  The 89th Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 26.  Damien Chazelle’s gorgeous musical “La La Land” received a record-tying 14 nominations, and is the favorite to win a majority of them, including Best Picture, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still predictions … Continue reading Oscar Predictions

Last minute Oscar nominee predictions

Early tomorrow morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the nominees for this year’s Academy Awards.  Before the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month, I posted a list of predictions for Oscar winners and nominees in almost every category.  A lot has happened since then, so here’s my revised list before … Continue reading Last minute Oscar nominee predictions