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What to watch when you want to feel good in a time of crisis

In addition to everything else happening in the world right now because of the global pandemic, the film industry is basically going on hiatus until at least May. Not only are major releases such as “A Quiet Place Part II” and the new “Mulan” being postponed, all studio productions are being postponed as well. This is truly...

With movies like ‘Clueless,’ do we really need another ‘Emma’?

Just as with Greta Gerwig’s Little Women only two months ago, when the trailer for Autumn de Wilde’s new interpretation of Jane Austen’s classic romantic comedy “Emma” first dropped; my immediate question was: “why?”

How many more on-screen versions of this popular tale do we need? Over the decades, we’ve already gotten...

‘The Lodge’ starts off great but doesn’t amount to much

When the trailer for Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala’s “The Lodge” first dropped last year, my main takeaway was how spot on the casting of Riley Keough and Alicia Silverstone was. The two actresses could easily pass for relatives in a film – which is what I was hoping for in this feature.

While this turned out to...

Just what grade does Adam Sandler’s ‘Uncut Gems’ earn?

The peculiar case of Adam Sandler continues to fascinate movie lovers into the new decade.

This is a man who hasn’t bothered to hide how much success he has found by doing the bare minimum since at least the early 2000s. Yet, like most comedians, he will branch out with serious projects once in a while. Whether for a...

The Screen Actors Guild Awards: Short and sweet, though bizarrely boring in 2020

As the 2019/2020 Oscar season speeds along quicker than usual, this month’s Screen Actors Guild Awards remind us why they are still the smoothest-running televised awards show out there: no host and only a dozen categories within a two-hour runtime.

While I can appreciate that every person on a film’s production team is...

A new, slightly divisive take on the classic ‘Little Women’

It would be understandable if you groaned when it was announced over a year ago that we were getting a new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women.” It is, after all, arguably one of the most read novels by a female writer in American literature and has a boatload of screen versions. Let’s count them. There are three...

Flashier than prestigious: Recapping the 2020 Golden Globe awards

I’m at the point where, as a film fanatic, if I miss an awards show, it’s not the end of the world.

I ate dinner with my family instead of watching the Golden Globes live. It was a really nice time and I didn’t feel out of the loop or like I had to look up the results when I got home.

Some have been wondering if...

Throwing a small bone to J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

You know, what? I’m going to throw a bone to J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” but it’s a very small, hand-sized bone. While this film is very flawed and hokey, it is also the first time this decade that I’ve thought the new additions to the Star Wars brand actually felt like they matched the tone of the...

Ruffalo, Hathaway shine in ‘Dark Waters,’ the shocking film about DuPont’s deadly chemical disaster

Todd Haynes’ “Dark Waters” is the perfect film for Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo. In fact, I would go as far as to say the movie might not even exist without him. He’s not only the star and main producer of the film, but also a well-known environmental activist in real life, too.

If you’ve been interested in the new...

‘Marriage Story’: Noah Baumbach’s new take on a broken home

Noah Baumbach’s new film “Marriage Story” is not very similar to Robert Benton’s classic “Kramer vs. Kramer.”

Netflix’s marketing for the past few months would lead you to believe otherwise – particularly Marriage’s poster, which looks like an intentional homage to the original “Kramer” poster. While both are centered...

“Doctor Sleep” is a surprisingly decent follow-up to “The Shining”

As with most sequels, Mike Flanagan’s “Doctor Sleep” could fall into the category of unnecessary follow-up films. But it doesn’t, in big part because Stephen King is the author of the novel the film is based on.

The sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic, “The Shining” (1980), is a surprisingly well done...

Released in time for Halloween, “The Lighthouse” will leave you feeling emotionally cold

While attending a screening of Robert Eggers’ new arthouse horror film, “The Lighthouse,” last weekend there was an older woman in my row occasionally heckling the film with phrases like “so bad” and “horrible.” Despite my regular insistence on defending the audience’s intelligence and advocating against producers...

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