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Sorry to Bother You

My thoughts on the new film Sorry to Bother You will feel like they are an addendum to my review of The Spy Who Dumped Me. Just as I was disappointed in that film but was pleased at the fact that more films written, directed and starring women are being made, I feel the […]

BlacKkKlansman

We will never know for sure what sparked a noticeable increase in movies about the American black experience in recent years, but it might have had something to do with the fact that, in 2008, this country elected its first black president. Since then, some of the most powerful movies about race relations and […]

The Spy Who Dumped Me

Kate McKinnon as “Morgan” and Mila Kunis as “Aubrey” in THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME.

Name a big budget Hollywood comedy that is written or co-written by a woman, directed by a woman, and stars 2 women. The Spy Who Dumped Me is the first one I can think of that matches this description. […]

About Those Oscar Changes....

I should have seen this coming. I knew that last year’s Oscar telecast had the worst ratings in a long time—44 years, to be exact—so I knew the Academy would be falling all over itself to try to right the ship, but I had no idea they’d do THIS.

Today, on Twitter, the Academy of […]

Hearts Beat Loud

So here’s the thing about summer. Yes, it’s a time for the big blockbusters, the movies with merchandise tie-ins and numbers after their titles, but there’s a little-acknowledged joy about summer that has nothing to do with superheroes and sequels: it’s the perfect season for adult movies.

Normally, we equate summer movies with kids […]

Ocean's 8

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, or so the saying goes. The new movie Ocean’s 8 is not a remake, per se, of Ocean’s 11, or even Ocean’s 12 or 13, but it is easily made in the style and substance of those precursors. Unfortunately, that’s part of the problem with it. […]

Why I Didn't Love Disobedience

I saw Disobedience in the theatres last week. It may have gotten lost for everyone else amid the Avengers: Infinity War hurricane, but I made an effort to seek it out because it stars two of my and my wife’s favorite actresses, Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz. Yes, it did have a gay […]

Tully

The artistic collaboration between writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman has been fruitful so far. 2007’s Juno yielded a Best Director Oscar nomination for Reitman and an Oscar win for Best Original Screenplay for Cody, and even though 2011’s Young Adult didn’t garner any Oscar love, it still impressed the critics. Now […]

Avengers Counter-Programming

It’s only four days in and I already have Avengers fatigue. “The biggest movie of all time” opened on Friday and I really couldn’t care less. Avengers: Infinity War has already broken opening weekend box office records, and could be well on its way to breaking every record. And yet, I still […]

Isle of Dogs

As we were in our seats prior to seeing Isle of Dogs, my companion leaned over as the lights dimmed and said, “here comes the whimsy.” Whimsical certainly is a good word to describe director Wes Anderson’s stylistic and storytelling flavor. His movies are an acquired taste and I myself have had an […]

MY CURRENT SMART PICKS

Top 5 List:

My Five Favorite dog movies:

1. 101 Dalmatians, 1961
2. Best in Show, 2000
3. The Shaggy D.A. , 1976
4. Lady & the Tramp, 1955
5. Adventures of Milo & Otis, 1986

Rental Pick:

The Commitments (1991)

Favorite Trailer of the Moment:

Awesome Movie Montages and Lists: