Movie Review: DOCTOR SLEEP

DOCTOR SLEEP movie poster | ©2019 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyleigh Curran, Cliff Curtis, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Carl Lumbly, Zackary Momoh, Robert Longstreet, Jacob Tremblay, Jocelin Donahue, Alex Essoe, Henry Thomas, Roger Dale Floyd Writer: Mike Flanagan, based on the novel by Stephen King Director: Mike Flanagan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 8, 2019 Talking about the new film DOCTOR SLEEP has aspects that are like one of those “if a train leaves the station in Boulder Colorado at five miles an hour” math puzzles. DOCTOR SLEEP is the title of Stephen King’s 2013 sequel book to his 1977 novel […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LAST CHRISTMAS

LAST CHRISTMAS movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Emma Thompson, Boris Isakovic, Lydia Leonard, Peter Mygind, Laura Evelyn, Ingrid Oliver, Jade Anouka Writers: Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings, story by Emma Thompson & Greg Wise Director: Paul Feig Distributor: Universal Release Date: November 8, 2019 How much one will enjoy LAST CHRISTMAS will have a lot to do with how much one likes London, Emilia Clarke, George Michael, and TV-type Christmas fare, not necessarily in that order. Paul Feig directs from a script by Emma Thompson (who also costars) and Bryony Kimmings, from a story by Thompson & Greg […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HARRIET

HARRIET movie poster | ©2019 Focus Features

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Janelle Monae Writers: Gregory Allen Howard and Kasi Lemmons, story by Gregory Allen Howard Director: Kasi Lemmons Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: November 1, 2019 Harriet Tubman is a real-world hero. Born into slavery as Araminta “Minty” Ross (later taking her mother’s first name of Harriet and keeping her married name Tubman), she first escaped from the Maryland plantation in her twenties where she was being held 1849, then made it on foot, alone, one hundred miles to Philadelphia. Shortly thereafter, Harriet made multiple return journeys as a “conductor” on […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR’S CUT

THE CURRENT WAR - DIRECTOR'S CUT Movie Poster | ©2019 101 Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen, Tuppence Middleton Writer: Michael Mitnick Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Distributor: 101 Studios Release Date: October 25, 2019 Two things should be made clear about the title of THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR’S CUT. The first is that it does not refer to a present-day conflict, military or other. Instead, it alludes to the war over actual electrical current, fought in the last decades of the nineteenth century between the inventors Thomas Edison (played here by Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), with some input from Nikola […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BLACK AND BLUE

BLACK AND BLUE movie poster | ©2019 Sony Pictures/Screen Gems

Rating: R Stars: Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Frank Grillo, Mike Colter, Reid Scott, Nafessa Williams, Beau Knapp, James Moses Black Writer: Peter A. Dowling Director: Deon Taylor Distributor: Sony/Screen Gems Release Date: October 25, 2019 In broad strokes, we’ve seen BLACK AND BLUE before. Good cop stumbles upon criminal activity by bad cops and winds up running from both fellow police officers and civilian gang members. However, the good cop in BLACK AND BLUE is a black woman, Alicia West (Naomie Harris). Alicia was in the U.S. Army for eight years. She’s returned to her old neighborhood, New Orleans’s mostly […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL

MALEFICENT MISTRESS OF EVIL movie poster | ©2019 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Harris Dickinson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sam Riley, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, Robert Lindsay, David Gyasi, Jenn Murray, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Warwick Davis Writers: Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster and Linda Woolverton, story by Linda Woolverton Director: Joachim Ronning Distributor: Walt Disney Release Date: October 18, 2019 MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL is a sequel to 2014’s MALEFICENT, the revisionist version of SLEEPING BEAUTY. Angelina Jolie stars in both films as the title character, a dark faerie who, in the first movie, took righteous wrath a little too far. In MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LIGHTHOUSE

THE LIGHTHOUSE movie poster | ©2019 A24

Rating: R Stars: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson Writers: Robert Eggers & Max Eggers Director: Robert Eggers Distributor: A24 Release Date: October 18, 2019 Before discussing THE LIGHTHOUSE proper, it may help one’s understanding to read some comments overheard from viewers leaving a Los Angeles press screening of the film. These include, “I couldn’t stop grinning all the way through,” “Better than my first marriage – just kidding,” and a sincere “That was awful.” In other words, there seems to be a wide range of reactions. Director Robert Eggers, who co-wrote THE LIGHTHOUSE with Max Eggers, previously wrote and directed 2016’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MARY

MARY movie poster | ©2019 RLJE Films

Rating: R Stars: Gary Oldman, Emily Mortimer, Jennifer Esposito, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Owen Teague, Stefanie Scott, Chloe Perrin Writer: Anthony Jaswinski Director: Michael Goi Distributor: RLJE Films Release Date (theatrical and On Demand): October 11, 2019 MARY in many respects resembles a lot of other modest horror films, with two big differences. One, it’s shot on actual film, which gives it a much crisper, richer look than many of its peers. This makes sense, as its director, Michael Goi, is an award-winning cinematographer, who also serves in that capacity here. Two, MARY stars Gary Oldman and Emily Mortimer, actors whose big-name […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GEMINI MAN

GEMINI MAN movie poster | ©2019 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong, Linda Emond Writers: David Benioff and Billy Ray and Darren Lemke, story by Darren Lemke and David Benioff Director: Ang Lee Distributor: Paramount Release Date: October 11, 2019 GEMINI MAN is shot at 120 frames per second, rather than the conventional 24 frames per second. When Peter Jackson tried something like this, at 48 frames a second for 2012’s THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, it gave the movie an unfortunate videotape look. However, the technology has clearly improved hugely since then. The combination of the 120 frames per second […]Read On »

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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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