Movie Review: VALLEY GIRL (2020)

VALLEY GIRL (2020) Movie Poster | ©2020 Orion Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jessica Rothe, Josh Whitehouse, Chloe Bennet, Ashleigh Murray, Jessie Ennis, Mae Whitman, Logan Paul, Alicia Silverstone, Judy Greer Writer: Amy Talkington, story by Andrew Lane and Wayne Crawford Director: Rachel Lee Goldenberg Distributor: Orion Classics Release Date (VOD and drive-ins): May 8, 2020 VALLEY GIRL is the latest movie to get partly tripped up by its title. If it were called anything except VALLEY GIRL, it would be easier to accept on its own terms. But somehow it was decided that using the name for a film very unlike the 1983 original, thereby inviting apples to cucumbers […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LODGE

THE LODGE movie poster | ©2020 Neon

Rating: R Stars: Riley Keogh, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh, Richard Armitage, Alicia Silverstone Writers: Sergio Casci and Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz Directors: Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz Distributor: Neon Release Date: January 31, 2020 The directing/writing team of Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz (they share script credit here with Sergio Casci) undeniably know their way around horror imagery and atmosphere. Eerie empty hallways, dolls that look too much like people, paintings that seem to sit in silent judgment – THE LODGE has it all. THE LODGE also has a good premise, but by the time what it is becomes […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Oliver Platt on THE BIG C HEREAFTER

Laura Linney and Oliver Platt in THE BIG C HEREAFTER | ©2013 Showtime/David M. Russell

In Showtime’s dark comedy THE BIG C, created by Darlene Hunt, Laura Linney’s Cathy Jamison has been coping in every possible way – humorously, emotionally, fighting, raging, accepting – with terminal cancer. The fourth mini-season, consisting of four episodes in an arc entitled THE BIG C: HEREAFTER, concludes in the series finale Monday May 20, with Cathy reaching the end of her journey with her husband Paul (Oliver Platt) Platt has played Cathy’s sometimes self-centered but ultimately loving husband Paul through the series’ four years. Platt is a Canadian native who, as the son of a diplomat, traveled extensively in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BUTTER

BUTTER movie poster | ©2012 Radius/The Weinstein Company

Rating: R Stars: Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Hugh Jackman, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone, Yara Shahidi Writer: Jason Micallef Director: Jim Field Smith Distributor: Radius/The Weinstein Co. Release Date: October 5, 2012 Satire is a particularly tough form of parody, and political satire is even tougher. Timing may not be everything, but there’s no question that having a point of reference that is still fresh in people’s minds is important. BUTTER is therefore handicapped by being too late to the table, but it might still salvage itself if it had something new to say. Instead, it tries […]Read On »

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