Review: “Game Night”

3 out of 5 stars. We all know at least one of those people: the people who are freakishly good at trivia, who take even the silliest of board games way too seriously, and who are way too competitive at Monopoly. They are the people who love game night, but what if those people were … Continue reading Review: “Game Night”

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Review: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

4.5 out of 5 stars. It’s wonderful to find out that a person you love and admire the way you see them on TV or in a movie is just that way in real life.  Such is the case with Fred Rogers, the creator and host of the children’s series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” who believed … Continue reading Review: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Review: “The Incredibles 2”

4 out of 5 stars. Pixar’s “The Incredibles” was released 14 years ago.  Think about that.  Fourteen years.  The long-awaited sequel to the animated film that follows a family of superheroes is finally in theaters, and it picks up at the exact moment that its predecessor left off, the familiar characters springing into action as … Continue reading Review: “The Incredibles 2”

Review: “On Chesil Beach”

3 out of 5 stars. “On Chesil Beach” is a 2007 novel (novella, really, as it comes in at under 200 pages) by celebrated author Ian McEwan that intimately examines the relationship between a young couple up to and including their wedding night.  It does this so intimately, in fact, that it’s hard to imagine … Continue reading Review: “On Chesil Beach”

Review: “Ocean’s 8”

3.5 out of 5 stars. There’s one moment in “Ocean’s 8” that calls out the necessity of an all-female reboot of the franchise, when Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) and her partner Lou (Cate Blanchett) are going over potential hires for their big heist.  When Lou brings up a male candidate and Debbie immediately says no … Continue reading Review: “Ocean’s 8”

Review: “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

3.5 out of 5 stars. "Solo: A Star Wars Story" isn't the Star Wars movie we needed. It isn't even the Star Wars movie that many people wanted. Behind-the-scenes troubles arose halfway through production, causing a good deal of apprehension as to how the final product would turn out, while even many die-hard fans seemed … Continue reading Review: “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

Review: “Deadpool 2”

3.5 out of 5 stars. "Deadpool 2" was at risk of being too much of a good thing.  Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love "Deadpool," the hilarious and gory R-rated adaptation of a fan favorite Marvel hero. It's about as meta as it gets, and lampoons superhero movies- even it's own movie- with hysterical … Continue reading Review: “Deadpool 2”

Review: “Avengers: Infinity War”

The following is a non-spoiler review of "Avengers: Infinity War."   3 out of 5 stars. “Avengers: Infinity War” had a lot it needed to accomplish in the space of two and a half hours.  But it also had a lot it needed to prove.  That feels like a weird thing to say about the … Continue reading Review: “Avengers: Infinity War”

Review: “Rampage”

1.5 out of 5 stars. "Rampage," a new action movie directed by Brad Peyton and starring Dwayne Johnson, is based on a 1986 arcade game of the same name, a bit of trivia that I actually wasn't familiar with going into the movie. But it makes sense to me now, as "Rampage" is so simplistic, … Continue reading Review: “Rampage”

Review: “A Quiet Place”

4 out of 5 stars. It’s a long, long time into “A Quiet Place” before there’s any spoken dialogue—or any long, prolonged noise, for that matter.  The horror film uses sound not just as a gimmick for its monster—which hunts its prey through sound—but to create tension, not just in terms of a family’s survival, … Continue reading Review: “A Quiet Place”