Review: RESPECT Brings The Soul But Not Enough

Respect brings the musical entertainment you’d expect, yet Aretha Franklin’s story seems half-baked. When the music isn’t blaring, it’s a sluggish look at Aretha Franklin’s life, but carried by strong performances. Respect still shines a good light on Ms. Franklin’s impact, her struggles, and how she overcame them to be this larger-than-life icon of soul music. It’s too… Continue reading Review: RESPECT Brings The Soul But Not Enough

Review: WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE Is A Fun And Quirky Adventure Film

Cate Blanchett stars as Bernadette Fox in Richard Linklater’s WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE, an Annapurna Pictures release. Credit: Wilson Webb / Annapurna Pictures.

After several delays and re-evaluations of the marketing campaign, Where’d You Go, Bernadette (no question mark) is finally hitting theaters this weekend. Different from anything else filmmaker Richard Linklater has done before, this quirky mid-life crisis adventure-comedy mostly works due to a great cast and lots of visual style. Based on the best-selling novel of… Continue reading Review: WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE Is A Fun And Quirky Adventure Film

Review: THE HUSTLE Is A Funny But Paint-By-Numbers Remake

Rebel Wilson stars as Penny Rust and Anne Hathaway as Josephine Chesterfield in THE HUSTLE, a Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. Credit: Christian Black / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures. © 2019 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Hustle is a new comedy film starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson. A gender-swapped remake of the 1988 movie Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (itself a remake), the film follows two con artists with wildly different demeanors and modi operandi as they compete to see who is better at taking advantage of the type of men… Continue reading Review: THE HUSTLE Is A Funny But Paint-By-Numbers Remake

Review: MISSING LINK Is The First Real Dud From Laika Studios

Sir Lionel Frost (left) voiced by Hugh Jackman and Mr. Link (right) voiced by Zach Galifianakis in director Chris Butler’s MISSING LINK, a Laika Studios Production and Annapurna Pictures release. Credit : Laika Studios / Annapurna Pictures.

Missing Link is the newest film from Laika Studios, the stop-motion animation studio behind favorites such as Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings. Written and directed by Chris Butler (ParaNorman), the movie follows an explorer who teams up with Sasquatch to help him find his lost relatives: the Yeti. Laika is well-known for taking… Continue reading Review: MISSING LINK Is The First Real Dud From Laika Studios

SXSW 2019 – Review: BOOKSMART Is Hilarious By-The-Book Fun

Beanie Feldstein stars as Molly and Kaitlyn Dever as Amy in Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, BOOKSMART, an Annapurna Pictures release. Credit: Francois Duhamel / Annapurna Pictures.

Booksmart is a new coming-of-age comedy that serves as the directorial debut of Olivia Wilde. Described as a “female Superbad”, the film follows two high school seniors on the day before their graduation as they set out to have a crazy night of all the fun they missed in high school. It made its debut… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: BOOKSMART Is Hilarious By-The-Book Fun

Review: IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK Radiates Emotion At Every Opportunity

Barry Jenkins’ follow up to the Oscar-winning Moonlight was sure to attract a lot of attention. Acting as an adaptation of the 1974 James Baldwin novel of the same name, If Beale Street Could Talk had plenty to live up to. Yet, in the hands of Jenkins, it exceeded those expectations with flying colors. And… Continue reading Review: IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK Radiates Emotion At Every Opportunity

Review: VICE Is A Funny Political Biopic

Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s VICE, an Annapurna Pictures release. Credit : Annapurna Pictures 2018 © Annapurna Pictures, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Vice is the newest film from director Adam McKay (The Big Short). The movie tells the story of Dick Cheney, who as Vice President under George W. Bush affected the political landscape in ways that are still in effect today. It was nominated for six Golden Globe awards, receiving the most nods of any film… Continue reading Review: VICE Is A Funny Political Biopic