Category Archives: Reviews

A Simple Plan

New to Blu-Ray and DVD this month is “First Cow,” an offbeat look at a friendship forged in the Oregon territory of the 1800’s. It’s a frontier fable as unpredictable as its wilderness environment and told with an entertainingly easy charm.

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Qu’est-ce Que C’est

Ah, psycho killers. What actor doesn’t want to play one? Russell Crowe gets his chance in “Unhinged,” an unthrilling thriller as routine and implausibly imagined as an unwanted pregnancy.

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A Bigger Boat

Available on Apple TV+ is “Greyhound,” the new WWII actioner written, produced and starring Tom Hanks. At 91 minutes, the movie lives up to its titled namesake- it’s a fast, sleek snapshot of a heroic two-day mission.

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Father’s Day

When I was growing up, my father rarely took us to the movies. If he went, it was at my mother’s insistence and, once inside the theater, he would fall asleep. And snore. Loudly.

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King of Comedy

Just as the Greeks and Shakespeare knew, comedy stems from tragedy. Judd Apatow (“Knocked Up,” “The 40 Year-Old Virgin”) knows it too. After fashioning a real-life based romantic comedy and starring vehicle for comic Amy Schumer in “Trainwreck,” he does the same for SNL’s Pete Davidson. Giving Davidson the lead role in his new film “The King of Staten Island” and using the real-life tragedy of Davidson’s firefighter father’s death as a springboard, Apatow imperceptibly creates comedic gold. With all of Apatow’s (and Staten Island’s) trademark sarcasm and cynicism, it’s one of the best films you’ll see this year and it’s available on demand.

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Romancing The Stone

My favorite movie of 2019 is now on Netflix: “Uncut Gems” is a gritty character drama that sucks you into its world of addiction and desperate hustle for one big score.

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Follow the Money

If you enjoy movies like “All The President’s Men “and “The Big Short” where scandals are exposed through investigating fraudulent finance, HBO’s “Bad Education” makes for engrossing entertainment.

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Public Enemies

If the coronavirus has you spending more time with Netflix than you’d like and the usual fare of film choices just isn’t cutting it, try one of Netflix’s own film productions to reaffirm your faith in ‘public enemies’ being defeated: “The Highwaymen” is an engaging, cat-and-mouse drama that tells the story of how legendary bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were brought to justice after a two-year crime spree.

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Cellophane Siren

With a background in the “Saw” and “Insidious” movie franchises, writer/director Leigh Whannell puts enough clever twists into the classic tale of “The Invisible Man” to keep you interested but its Elisabeth Moss as Cecilia that makes you believe this disappearing act.

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2019: The Ones

With the Oscars being presented on Sunday, February 9th, I like to focus on the films and performances that I found most memorable. In keeping with the tradition of the late Siskel & Ebert’s “If We Picked the Winners,” here are my standouts for 2019 using the nominees in the main Academy Award categories. While others try to second-guess Oscar politics with who ‘should win’ or ‘will win,’ I like to keep it simple. In case you missed any of them, these are the films and performances I’ll remember- simply put, these are the ones:  

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