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My Top 10 of 2017

1. The Big Sick
2. Lady Bird
3. Get Out
4. Blade Runner 2049
5. 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
6. The Florida Project
7. The Disaster Artist
8. Personal Shopper
9. T2: Trainspotting
10. Wonder Woman

Phantom Thread

If you would have told me that the last movie of Daniel Day-Lewis’s career would be a pointless curiosity of a film, I would not have believed you. If you had added the fact that the cinematic confection had been written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, I would have been confused as well. […]

Molly's Game

Anyone who knows me knows what a fan I am of Jessica Chastain. She can literally do no wrong for me, as a performer. That’s not to say I haven’t been disappointed in some of her choices, especially lately. Her last movie, Miss Sloane, gave us yet another incredible Chastain performance in […]

Darkest Hour

For those of you who weren’t crazy about Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk (and I know there are a lot of you) earlier this year, maybe Darkest Hour will be more to your liking. They both cover the same time period, deal with the same central event, and are completely different.

For both films, the […]

The Shape of Water

Guillermo del Toro has often been thought of as the least talented of the trio of respected Mexican movie directors that have almost literally taken over Hollywood in the last decade. I mean, when you look at the other two, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro G. Inarritu, it would be easy to think that del […]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

When my beloved Boston Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in 86 years in 2004 and then won it again three years later, Red Sox fans tearfully proclaimed the 2004 victory was for their grandparents, and the 2007 win was for them.

Bear with me, I do have a point […]

The Post

Tried and true, solid and professional, The Post is exactly what you expect it to be. Steven Spielberg is nothing if not reliable. The Post is an old-fashioned, traditional movie in the spirit of All the President’s Men and Bridge of Spies. It’s about sincere white people trying to expose the […]

Downsizing

I love movies with big ideas. I would much rather a movie go big with a new or challenging philosophy or concept and not be able to follow through than a movie that plays it safe with a story or plot that we’ve seen a hundred times before.

But then again, there’s nothing […]

The Florida Project

There have, obviously, been a lot of good movies about childhood. But I would have a hard time finding one that is as genuine, organic, heartfelt and realistic as Sean Baker’s The Florida Project. Set against the soft hues and bright sunshine of Disneyworld-adjacent Florida, The Florida Project follows a group of children […]

I, Tonya

I have always been very close with my Mom, we did a lot of things together when I was a kid, but I have to admit watching TV together was always a favorite of the bonding experiences. She would watch General Hospital and Dallas and Dynasty with me, and I would watch tennis and […]

MY CURRENT SMART PICKS

Top 5 List:

My Five Favorite Daniel Day-Lewis movies:

1. In the Name of the Father, 1993
2. Age of Innocence, 1993
3. The Last of the Mohicans, 1992
4. Nine, 2009
5. Lincoln, 2012

Rental Pick:

My Left Foot (1989)

Favorite Trailer of the Moment:

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