Movie Review: SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME – Spoiler Free Review

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME poster | ©2021 Sony/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, J.K. Simmons Writers: Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, based on characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Director: Jon Watts Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: December 17, 2021 SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME is the ninth SPIDER-MAN movie of the twenty-first century (we’re not counting all the MCU movies in which the character appeared but didn’t have his name in the title). It’s the third SPIDER-MAN movie to star Tom Holland as the young web-slinging New Yorker, as well as the third directed by Jon Watts. These […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS movie poster | ©2021 STX Films

Rating: R Stars: Stephan James, J.K. Simmons, Alexander Ludwig, Lil Rel Howery, Tim Blake Nelson, Andrew Bachelor, David Koechner, Jeffrey Donovan, Kristen Chenoweth, Timothy Olyphant, Uzo Aduba Writer: Adam Mervis Director: Ric Roman Waugh Distributor: STX Films Release Date: December 10, 2021  NATIONAL CHAMPIONS is structured like a legal thriller, although we never see the inside of a courtroom. Technically, it’s an issue-driven drama about football and labor. This may seem an odd combination, but writer Adam Mervis has a lot to say on the subjects, and director Ric Roman Waugh makes it feel tense and suspenseful. There has been […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BEING THE RICARDOS

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Rating: R Stars: Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, J.K. Simmons, Nina Arianda, Tony Hale Writer: Aaron Sorkin Director: Aaron Sorkin Distributor: Amazon Studios Release Date: December 10, 2021 BEING THE RICARDOS is about a very stressful week in the life of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, played here respectively by Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem. Writer/director Aaron Sorkin also includes plentiful flashbacks and some flash-forwards to underscore points he wants to make. Sorkin’s ambitions with BEING THE RICARDOS are admirable. He wants us to get to know Ball and Arnaz, as individuals, as a couple, and as artists. He wants us […]Read On »

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Movie Review: 21 BRIDGES

21 BRIDGES movie poster | ©2019 STX Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, Stephan James, J.K. Simmons, Taylor Kitsch, Louis Cancelmi, Alexander Siddig Writers: Adam Mervis and Matthew Michael Carnahan, story by Adam Mervis Director: Brian Kirk Distributor: STX Entertainment Release Date: November 22, 2019 The title of 21 BRIDGES refers to the physical connections between the island of Manhattan and its neighboring boroughs and cities. These 21 bridges get closed down in the course of the movie, as the NYPD and the FBI attempt to prevent two cop killers from fleeing. The bridge closures are relatively incidental to the main plot. That’s not necessarily a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE FRONT RUNNER

THE FRONT RUNNER movie poster | ©2018 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Mark O’Brien, Molly Ephraim, Kaitlyn Dever, Mamoudou Athie, Alfred Molina, Kevin Pollak, Sara Paxton, Steve Zissis Writers: Matt Bai & Jay Carson & Jason Reitman, based on the book ALL THE TRUTH IS OUT by Matt Bai Director: Jason Reitman Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: November 6, 2018 (Los Angeles and New York); November 21, 2018 (wide) First of all, THE FRONT RUNNER is not the film adaptation of forever-in-development Patricia Nell Warren’s novel about an affair between an Olympic track coach and one of his athletes. Rather, it is a fact-based […]Read On »

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COUNTERPART: Cast talks spies from different worlds – exclusive interview

Nazanin Boniadi as Clare in COUNTERPART | © 2018 Starz

Starz’s COUNTERPART, now in its first season on Sunday nights and renewed for a second, is a combination of espionage thriller and speculative fiction. In the series created by Justin Marks, reality split in two 30 years ago. At first, the two mirrored each other, but now there are significant differences. Most people don’t know about the schism, which has its connecting point in a tunnel beneath Berlin in Germany. Those who do know are involved with either keeping the peace or trying to destroy it. Nazanin Boniadi and Sara Serraiocco (pronounced “Ser-ee-O-ko] play two very different spies from the Other […]Read On »

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COUNTERPART: Actress Olivia Williams talks secrets in her new Showtime series – exclusive interview

Olivia Williams as Emily Burton Silk in COUNTERPART | © 2018 Showtime

The premise of Starz’s Sunday-night speculative-fiction drama COUNTERPART is that, 30 years ago, reality split and created a second universe that was at the time identical to our own. Only a privileged few know about this. They are headquartered in a complex that sits above the underground tunnel in Berlin that joins the two dimensions, which have since taken different paths. Olivia Williams plays two different versions of Emily Silk. This world’s Emily is in a coma after an accident. Her devoted husband, Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons), comes to see her every night at the hospital. Howard, a low-level functionary, […]Read On »

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COUNTERPART: Justin Marks, Gary Gilbert and Jordan Horowitz chat Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

COUNTERPART Key Art Season 1 | ©2017 Starz

Starz’s new science-fiction spy drama COUNTERPART is launching its first season Sunday, January 21, but the series has already been picked up for Season 2. Created by Justin Marks (writer of the 2016 remake of THE JUNGLE BOOK), COUNTERPART introduces us to Howard Silk, played by J.K. Simmons. Howard has spent the last thirty years working for a multinational company in Berlin without ever knowing exactly what he, or it, is doing. One day, Howard is summoned to meet his Other – and is shocked to find himself sitting across from an identical “Other” Howard Silk. It turns out that […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE SNOWMAN

THE SNOWMAN movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jonas Karlsson, Michael Yates, Ronan Vibert, J.K. Simmons, Val Kilmer, David Dencik, Toby Jones, Genevieve O’Reilly, James D’Arcy Writers: Peter Straughan and Hossein Amini and Saren Sveistrup, based on the novel by Jo Nesbo Director: Tomas Alfredson Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: October 20, 2017 There might never be a great week for it, but this feels like especially bad timing for a movie like THE SNOWMAN to be released. With #MeToo hashtags prominent on the Internet and discussion of gender imbalance everywhere, this doesn’t seem like the best moment for […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE ACCOUNTANT

THE ACCOUNTANT movie poster | ©2016 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, John Lithgow, Jean Smart Writer: Bill Dubuque Director: Gavin O’Connor Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 14, 2016 The intentions behind THE ACCOUNTANT are broadly good. The filmmakers want to show the audience that people on the autism spectrum can be just as capable, if not more so, than neuro-typical (non-autistic) folks. There are certainly plenty of examples of autistic people who are extraordinarily gifted in fields like math and music. Rather than giving us another “very special” drama, director Gavin O’Connor, writer Bill Dubuque […]Read On »

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