Movie Review: JOKER

JOKER movie poster | ©2019 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Frances Conroy, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Brett Cullen, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, Glenn Fleshler, Leigh Gill, Sharon Washington Writers: Todd Phillips & Scott Silver, based on characters from DC Comics Director: Todd Phillips Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 4, 2019 Seldom has it been so hard to figure out a letter grade for a movie review. JOKER doesn’t precisely defy normal measures of quality, but its ambiguities are simultaneously intriguing and frustrating. Despite rumors to the contrary, JOKER is set squarely within the Batman universe, even if this is a Gotham City grimier […]Read On »

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Blu-ray/DVD Review: LOVE & MERCY

LOVE AND MERCY Blu-ray | ©2015 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti Writers: Owen Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner, based on the life of Brian Wilson Director: Bill Pohlad Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment Release Date: Blu-ray/DVD, September 15, 2015 By all accounts – including the one in this film – the life of Beach Boys’ founding member Brian Wilson, one of the most influential singer/songwriters of the twentieth century, was and is a complex affair. A single feature film of normal running time wouldn’t be able to tell Wilson’s story in linear fashion. LOVE & MERCY, which was released theatrically last […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ALOHA

ALOHA movie poster | ©2015 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin, Bill Camp, Jaeden Lieberher, Danielle Rose Russell, Dennis “Bumpy” Kanahele Writer: Cameron Crowe Director: Cameron Crowe Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony Release Date: May 29, 2015 There are some really wonderful things in writer/director Cameron Crowe’s ALOHA that are balanced out by some things that are mundane or even baffling (why, if it is important to the story that a character named Allison Ng is one-quarter Hawaiian, cast an actress who looks four-quarters Nordic? If you want to use her, great, just say she grew […]Read On »

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