Wednesday, 27 December 2017 13:50

‘The Disaster Artist’ anything but

Written by Allen Adams

James Franco shines behind, in front of the camera

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 13:49

Voice change - ‘Pitch Perfect 3’

Written by Allen Adams

Comedy sequel strikes some odd notes

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 13:47

‘The Greatest Showman’ not that great

Written by Allen Adams

Musical has its moments, but mostly falls short

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 13:54

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ far from least

Written by Allen Adams

There are few films as difficult to review as a “Star Wars” movie. There’s such a fine line that needs to be walked with regards to the narrative; no one wants to be responsible for spoiling any aspect of such an eagerly-anticipated cinematic experience. However, you also want to be able to convey your feelings about the movie in a manner that is both engaging and accurate.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 13:51

Stop and smell the flowers with ‘Ferdinand’

Written by Allen Adams

Retelling of children’s classic offers sweet family fun

Stories of loss are difficult to tell. Finding ways to convey the notion of grief without succumbing to sentimentality or devolving into the maudlin – particularly on-screen – can prove trying to even the most accomplished filmmaker.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 13:07

‘Just Getting Started’ gets old fast

Written by Allen Adams

Recent years have seen a proliferation of cinematic subgenres that consist of “old person does X.” Sometimes it works – old guy action movies have become a personal favorite. Sometimes, however, it doesn’t – see the spate of old person comedies awash in hijinks and/or shenanigans. Those are occasionally OK, but for the most part, they tend to be dull, derivative or both, failing to do anything beyond lean on their thin premises and jab you in the ribs while suggestively waggling their eyebrows. 

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:37

A carol once removed - 'The Man Who Invented Christmas'

Written by Allen Adams

One of the most beloved holiday tales of all time is “A Christmas Carol.” The Charles Dickens classic has seen innumerable iterations on screen and stage alike – the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey from miserable miser to generous gentleman is a constant at this time of year.

Friday, 01 December 2017 11:33

Learning to fly – ‘Lady Bird’

Written by Allen Adams

We’re going to go ahead and dispense with the formalities on this one. No need to bury the lede – “Lady Bird” is an absolutely exceptional film, one of the funniest, most honest, most genuine coming of age stories we’ve seen on the big screen in years.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:55

Pixar’s ‘Coco’ brimming with life

Written by Allen Adams

Exceptional animated offering is beautiful and touching

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