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Current Release

Game Night ♛ 

(reviewed by our guest critic, The Movie Knight) When it comes to game night, no one competes the way Max and Annie (Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams) do. No matter what the game, the two are unstoppable. Except whenever … read more

Black Panther ♛ ♚ 1/2

(Reviewed by our guest critic, the Movie Knight) Following the events of Captain America: Civil War - which saw the assassination of his father – T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns to his technology-advanced kingdom of Wakanda to assume the role of king/Black Panther, protector of the land. Uncertain if he’s ready to take on such a significant role; however, it is viewed as a time … read more

Phantom Thread ♛ 

Shot in 70 mm film and set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is a tailor by day but a heart-breaker by night.  The lovely ladies file in daily to be nipped, tucked, and sported about as super models…long before super-model ever existed. (Think of Reynolds as the British Calvin Klein of his day.)But the movie also moves … read more

 

All the Money in the World ♛ ♚ 1/2

It sounded easy. Take a film weeks before its blockbuster Christmas release, and reshoot the twenty-two scenes of Kevin Spacey, substituting Christopher Plummer as Grandpa Getty. This meant an overhaul of not only getting the actors to return to the set, and later reediting many scenes, but changing the marketing campaign.  Every day-on-the-set in-between would make the movie 10 million dollars over budget. Gulp. But Ridley Scott pulls it off without one flaw.

The irony is that the urgency of making the film sounds as great as the kidnapping.

In 1973, kidnappers demanded … read more

YEAR END TOP 10

1.  Call Me by Your Name
2.  Darkest Hour
3.  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
4.  The Florida Project
5.   Phantom Thread
6.   The Shape of Water
7.   Lady Bird
8.   The Post
9.   Gifted
10. Patti Cake$

2017

Call Me By Your Name ♛ ♚♛ ♚

Luca Guadagnino directs this most beautifully sensitive and romantic film of the year, about two lovers in the summer of 1983.

Elio (Timothee Chalamet) is seventeen, smart, and with a physique as stick-straight as his life. He’s bored, so he reads book after book and lazily mumbles several languages. He’s a know-it-all child prodigy about to have his summer holiday turned upside down, where he’s with his parents ‘somewhere in northern Italy’ because this could be any European destination: Picturesque paradise, cobblestones and glistening water, suffused in the suggestion of romance and naughty potential.

Oliver (Arnie Hammer) arrives as … read more

The Post ♛ ♚ 1/2

Hanks, Streep, Spielberg…what more do you need? 

Steven Spielberg’s The Post might be set in 1971 but wow, does it feel 2017.

This is a movie about journalism done at an elegant clip; a time before ‘fake’ news, when integrity and story-delivery went hand-in-hand. And if it didn’t, then this movie signifies the beginning of the end. Maybe newspapers haven’t had that much power in actually decades.

What and who is the power behind what we read in the paper?  Yesterday or today.  Isn’t speaking the truth the most important … read more

The Shape of Water ♛ 

A tale of love and loss (and Princesses and Monsters), the films plays out like Beauty & The Beast meets a strange-version-of Moulin Rouge.  It’s a very simple story to plungeinto, yet it’s oddly complex.

Set against the backdrop of the heightened … read more

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 

(Reviewed by our Guest Critic, The Movie Knight) It may be over twenty years later, but this new tale picks up right where the original Jumanji left off, with the deadly board game being discovered washed up on the beach. However, no one is interested in playing an antique like that, video games are now all the craze, so the it adapts and turns itself into a video console. Now it just needs to … read more

Star Wars: The Last Jedi ♛ ♚1/2   (reviewed by our guest critic, The Movie Knight)

A Jedi Knight has many high qualities. Honor is among those. A Movie Knight also possesses that and by my honor I swear there will be absolutely ZERO spoilers in this Star Wars: The Last Jedi review. Very simply, General Leia (Carrie Fisher) continues to lead the Resistance against … read more

Downsizing ♛ ♚ 1/2 

At times it’s a bit of a downer, but in the end, Downsizing might just be a miniature masterpiece…and certainly something to reflect on.

This is a not your average black comedy. It’s grown-up sci-fi and it’s – at the very least – super smart. Writer/Director, Alexander Payne, has delivered some of our most beloved award- winning films. Lesser known is Nebraska a 2013 movie shot in b/w that depicted an aging man … read more

Mudbound ♛ ♚ 1/2

An epic American tale with all the elegance, history and the ‘stuff’ award statuettes are made of.  Visually gorgeous and with a screenplay that flows like classic literature, Henry McAllan (Jason Clarke) stars as a farmer in 1939, shoveling his father’s grave when he hits slave remains in the mud. His demure wife, Laura (Carey Mulligan) accepts their simple domestic life. When she thinks of the farm … read more

Darkest Hour ♛ 

Will the real Winston Churchill please stand up?   From Albert Finney to Bob Hoskins and Richard Burton in-between, from the most recent John Lithgow (The Crown) and even Christian Slater, who took a comical shot at the role, it’s Gary Oldman who long will be remembered as thee Winston Churchill.

Oldman performs as if he … read more 

 

The Man Who Invented Christmas ♚♛ 

If you’ve missed “Matthew Crawley” from Downton Abbey, here’s your chance to enjoy him in a bloody brilliant new light!

In 1843, and following his Oliver Twist success, Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) a.k.a. “The Shakespeare of the novel” found himself touring America…. the land of “the good cheer” and their positivity…and well, their utter annoyance.

Charles Dickens was of course, an … read more

Wonder ♛ 1/2

(Reviewed by our guest critic, The Movie Knight) August “Auggie” Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) is going to his first day of school ever. He’s not about to go to Kindergarten, but into the 5th grade. Homeschool by his mother (Julia Roberts) until he was 10, the reason for the delay is that Auggie suffers from Treacher Collins syndrome, which makes his face extremely disfigured. We follow him during this … read more

Breathe ♛ 1/2

This is England, 1958, when Robin (Andrew Garfield) spies Diana (Claire Foy, The Crown) across a Cricket field. He’s taken back by her beauty. He can barely breathe.  She’s stunning, and he’s instantly smitten.  His buddies say there’s no way she’ll … read more

 

Justice League 

(reviewed by our guest critic, The Movie Knight) Superman is dead! The world is slowing falling into chaos. Batman (Ben Affleck) does his part to keep Gotham City clean and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) will stop a terrorist group when she can, but a much bigger threat is coming. One neither can handle on their own. More super powered individuals will be needed for … read more

 

Goodbye Christopher Robin ♛ 1/2

This biological drama transports us back to 1916.  Alan Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) has just returned from war, home to his wife, Daphne Milne (Margot Robbie). While he suffers with -post-war-bouts of PTSD, she reminds him that Plato says, “If you don’t think about the thing, It ceases to exist.”

But that doesn’t help a man who jumps at the pop of a champagne cork, or flinches at the flash of stage lights (he’s a playwright). Milne revisits … read more

 

 

The Mountain Between Us ♛ 1/2

Photo-journalist, Alex Martin (Kate Winslet) is about to board a flight that’s just been cancelled. She’s en route to her own wedding.  Dr. Ben Bass (Idris Elba) is on the same flight. He’s en route to perform emergency surgery on a ten-year old boy.  And, like many of us stubborn travelers, we recognize our own determination  to get to a destination, despite … read more

Battle of the Sexes ♚♛ 1/2

If Battle of the Sexes about Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) doesn’t reflect our current climate I don’t know what does?

Imagine if Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton picked up tennis rackets. Imagine if they squared off in a match…the clown-like-big-mouthed Chauvinist prancing about, up against an experienced, female Politician in a massive public challenge.

The film focuses on the year 1973, when fifty-something “chauvinist pig” and … read more

(Reviewed by ‘The Movie Knight’) The city of Ninjago is a peaceful place. The residents live in relative harmony and even get to wake up every day to Michael Strahan on TV.  The only thing that can ruin everyone’s day is when Garmadon (voiced by Justin Theroux) attacks the city to try to take it over. Unfortunately, this happens … Read more

Mother ♛ 

If you’ve ever wondered what it is to play the role of Muse to famous artist, step inside the horribly insane but brilliantly depicted world of the movie, Mother.

Mother (Jennifer Lawrence) rooms Zombie-like through the rooms of her house dressed in a transparent nightgown. There’s little indication she’s anyone’s Mom, but great indication her silhouette is hot and her beauty radiates against the stillness of her fixer-upper home.

Enter ‘Him’ (Javier Bardem) her poet-husband who compliments … read more

Patti Cake$ ♛ ♛ 

As this year’s white ‘Precious’… plus-sized rapper Patti (Danielle Macdonald) steals the hearts of film critics with this down-on-her-luck-underdog-tale of a young woman Straight Outta Newark.

For Patti Cakes, a.k.a Killa-P, a.k.a Dumbo (to the neighborhood idiots) life is just a vicious cycle of waitressing gigs, bill collectors and … read more

Wind River ♛ ♛ 1/2 

If you’re looking for a good crime/mystery this is your ticket.  From Writer & Director, Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water) and inspired by actual events, this is Wyoming…God’s country. Poetry in motion – trees, sheep, home on the range – it’s the kind of air that freezes your nose hairs from a mere intake; and the kind of cold that kills Natalie (Kelsey Asbille) a young Native American on the run.

Cory Lambert (Jeremey Renner) is the … read more

The Big Sick ♛ ♛ 

The premise puts the spotlight on Kumail Nanijani who you’ll recognize from HBO’s Silicon Valley. In this small gem, he’s a stand-up comic whose routines center around his Pakistani upbringing.  In his hometown he learned to pray, play cricket and is expected to … read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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