Film Reviews

Film Review: Kay Cannon Spins a Positive Message of Sex in “Blockers”

Blockers (Kay Cannon, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Kay Cannon, the three-time Emmy nominated producer of 30 Rock and writer of the Pitch Perfect franchise, makes her directorial debut with the new sex comedy Blockers, written by Brian and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Unsane

Unsane – *** OUT OF 4 Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the genius film auteur known for, quitting Hollywood, winning the Oscar for directing “Traffic”, and whose film “Sex, Lies and Videotape” changed the industry outlook on “indie films”, has produced a … Continue reading

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The Sixth Annual Annapolis Film Festival Showcases Another Strong Lineup

Over four days, beginning March 22 and ending March 25, the 2018 Annapolis Film Festival screened 80+ films, a mix of documentary and narrative, shorts and features. I was only able to watch 8 of the latter (and none of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Get Ready! “Ready Player One” Offers a Terrific Thrill Ride

Ready Player One* (Steven Spielberg, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. Adapted from Ernest Cline’s 2011 debut sci-fi novel of the same name, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One – his 31st theatrical feature – delivers on the promise of the book, despite … Continue reading

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Film Review: Impressive “Isle of Dogs” Offers Cinematic Treats Galore

Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. According to Isle of Dogs‘ press notes, the film “began with an unlikely, but potent mix of fascinations shared by [Wes] Anderson and his story collaborators Roman Coppola, Jason … Continue reading

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Film Review: Twisted “Flower” Never Quite Blossoms

Flower (Max Winkler, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. If the very first scene of Max Winkler’s second feature, Flower, don’t turn you completely off the movie, there’s a chance you’ll emerge at the other end having had a better … Continue reading

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SXSW 2018 Film Recap: Looking Good at 25!

South by Southwest (SXSW), a multimedia festival showcasing music, film and interactive technology and design, was founded in 1987, devoted at first solely to music. Then, in 1994, the film and interactive conferences were added. 2018 marked the 25th iteration … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Pacific Rim: Uprising” is the Best and Worst Kind of Saturday Morning Cartoon

Pacific Rim: Uprising (Steven S. DeKnight, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Steven S. DeKnight fills the director’s chair for Guillermo del Toro with the second installment in the Pacific Rim franchise, Pacific Rim: Uprising, starring John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Alicia Vikander Holds Together the Wobbly Story of “Tomb Raider”

Tomb Raider (Roar Uthaug, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. This weekend, seventeen years after the 2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the movie-going public files into the theaters to watch Academy-Award winner Alicia Vikander’s new portrayal of the iconic video-game … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Gringo” Loses Potential in Miserable, Unrealized Script

Gringo (Nash Edgerton, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Director Nash Edgerton brings us the first dark comedy of the new year with Gringo, starring David Oyelowo, Joel Edgerton, and Charlize Theron. Oyelowo plays Harold Soyinka, a good-natured middle manager … Continue reading

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