Review: "Birds of Prey"

4 out of 5 stars. Comic book movies can be dicey territory, but I think it’s safe to say that most people found the 2016 ensemble film “Suicide Squad” to be an unsatisfying mess.  The best part of that movie, however, was that it gave us Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn.  The character, who […]

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Review: "Weathering With You"

4.5 out of 5 stars. It’s hard to discuss “Weathering With You” without also bringing up “Your Name.”  The latter film, an anime movie from writer/director Makoto Shinkai, is one of the highest grossing Japanese films of all time, and has been critically praised across the board.  The story of a boy and girl connected […]

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Streaming Recap: January 2020

January is usually a slow time of year, for movies and for me.  I spent the last month playing catch up on a lot of television that I missed toward the end of 2019 (and if you need me I’ll be screaming about HBO’s “Watchmen” for the foreseeable future), taking advantage of the fact that […]

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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: "Jumanji: The Next Level"

3.5 out of 5 stars. 2017’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” was a surprisingly imaginative reboot of the 1995 film.  But it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect that its sequel, “Jumanji: The Next Level,” wouldn’t have anything new and exciting to offer.  While it does retain a lot of the same elements that made the […]

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Review: "Marriage Story"

4.5 out of 5 stars. Contrary to its title, writer and director Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” drops the viewer into the story of a marriage that it at its end.  But even though we don’t see the couple at the heart of the story falling in love, we get a complete sense of what their […]

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Streaming Recap: November 2019

With the holiday season in full swing, tons of movies were released on streaming services in November, from Christmas comedies to awards season contenders. You can read my capsule reviews of new movies released on Netflix and Disney Plus in November below. HOLIDAY IN THE WILD (NETFLIX) “Holiday in the Wild,” directed by Ernie Barbarash, […]

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