Film Reviews

Film Review: “The Two Popes” Shines with the Light of Cinematic Inspiration

The Two Popes (Fernando Meirelles, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. My last confession was, well, never. Sure, I was raised Episcopalian (in a High Anglican church, no less, which means confession was … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Queen & Slim” Is a Powerful, if Sometimes Bumpy, Road Movie

Queen & Slim (Melina Matsoukas, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. A rousing dramatic thriller about racial profiling and police violence in America, Queen & Slim is a sometimes imperfect vehicle for the issues it raises, yet an ultimately powerful cinematic … Continue reading

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Film Review: “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” Offers Beautiful Make-Believe

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Marielle Heller, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Last year’s beautiful documentary tribute to the late, great Fred Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, offered such a comprehensive and moving tribute to the man … Continue reading

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Film Review: “21 Bridges” Is a Taut, Tense and Timely Thriller

21 Bridges (Brian Kirk, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. There’s nothing like a good crime thriller. In today’s world it seems we can’t get enough of them, with the hundreds of different “cop shows,” as my family would call … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Waves” Is a Waste

Waves (Trey Edward Shults, 2019) 1 out of 4 stars. A film as unpleasant as it is pointless, Waves, from writer/director Trey Edward Shults (It Comes at Night) delves deep into the void of meaning with great cinematographic fanfare, the … Continue reading

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Film Review: ”Synonyms“ Boasts Vision but Lacks Connection

Synonyms (Nadav Lapid) 2 out of 4 stars. In Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s latest film, Synonyms, we follow the journey of a young Israeli man as he attempts to abandon his ingrained cultural identity in favor of a new one. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Frozen II” Loses Some Magic, but Still Occasionally Enchants

Frozen II (Chris Buck/Jennifer Lee, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Belting out showtunes with never-ending gusto, Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell are back, in Frozen II, as sisters Elsa and Anna, freshly reconciled at the end of the previous … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops” Offers Hope for a Troubled World

Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops (Jenifer McShane, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Jenifer McShane’s new documentary Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops begins with the statistic that 1 in 5 Americans has a mental-health diagnosis. Then – bam! – we cut … Continue reading

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Film Review: MARRIAGE STORY

It builds to a sensational, illuminating scene between Johansson and Driver, then slips when Driver, who does have a strong singing voice, uses the film to audition for a Broadway musical. It’s tough to make a film about marriage. You … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Ford v Ferrari” Crosses Finish Line with Pure Charm and Adrenaline

Ford v Ferrari (James Mangold, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. As the endless barrage of superhero movies continue to dominate the theaters during the summer months, James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari brings back the invigorating feeling of blockbusters of yesteryear in … Continue reading

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