Chloe Zhao’s Inspired ‘Nomadland’ Resonates After Year of Uncertainty

Consistently nuanced actress Frances McDormand stars in Chloe Zhao’s poignant Nomadland, a film that will undoubtedly resonate with both Academy voters and a wide-ranging audience looking for hope after a year of earth-shattering uncertainty. The grey-toned journey of life on the road feels more like a documentary than a scripted “Neo-Western drama,” as it’s described.…… Continue reading Chloe Zhao’s Inspired ‘Nomadland’ Resonates After Year of Uncertainty

Tucci, Firth give career-best in painful dementia drama ‘Supernova’

“You’re not supposed to mourn someone while they’re still alive.” Summarizing the theme of Harry Macqueen’s poignant, heartbreaking drama Supernova in one line of dialogue, Stanley Tucci gives a career-best performance as dementia-ridden Tusker. With an equally dynamic Colin Firth as his longtime partner Sam, the two travel across England as a makeshift farewell to…… Continue reading Tucci, Firth give career-best in painful dementia drama ‘Supernova’

Sincere, Silly ‘Godmothered’ a Refreshingly Original Comedy for Disney+

Godmothered is a gift. Not only is it entertaining for children, who deserve all the good things coming their way this holiday season, but for anyone thinking their Happily Ever After has passed them by. That may sound like classic Disney (and it is) but Jillian Bell as a Fairy-Godmother-in-Training is exactly the kind of…… Continue reading Sincere, Silly ‘Godmothered’ a Refreshingly Original Comedy for Disney+

Hillbilly Elegy is a Family Story, Not a Political Statement

There’s a moment in Hillbilly Elegy where Glenn Close, disguised as elderly, disgruntled Mamaw, tells her grandson that she loves The Terminator, “There are good terminators, bad terminators and neutrals.” The film’s theme proves the opposite: people are typically a mix of all three. Based on J.D. Vance’s best-selling autobiography that follows his tumultuous upbringing…… Continue reading Hillbilly Elegy is a Family Story, Not a Political Statement

‘Dreamland’ released at right time, elevated by Margot Robbie and Finn Cole

Since Margot Robbie and Finn Cole were cast as leads in Dreamland, there’s been a global pandemic, two Oscar nominations and a trip back to post-war Birmingham. But at long last, this coming-of-age Dust Bowl drama from writer Nicolaas Zwart and director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte is brought to the big and small screen – at a…… Continue reading ‘Dreamland’ released at right time, elevated by Margot Robbie and Finn Cole

Stunning Fourth Season of ‘The Crown’ Introduces Era of Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher

As the holiday season approaches, Netflix gifts us Peter Morgan’s stunning fourth season of The Crown, raising the curtain on the 1980s when royal, political and marital turmoil dominated the lives of Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman), Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) and Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin). With an overarching theme of proving oneself in…… Continue reading Stunning Fourth Season of ‘The Crown’ Introduces Era of Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher

Sofia Coppola’s ‘On the Rocks’ Too Mellow Despite Promising Premise

While high expectations may be the culprit, the trifecta of writer/director Sofia Coppola, subtle and brilliant Bill Murray and equally subtle and brilliant Rashida Jones, On the Rocks, as a whole, is just too subtle for a feature-length film. Or, maybe, viewed through the 2020 lens of a pandemic where constant noise, news and vitriol…… Continue reading Sofia Coppola’s ‘On the Rocks’ Too Mellow Despite Promising Premise

‘The Broken Hearts Gallery’ a Warm Welcome Back to the Movies

Geraldine Viswanathan is who we’ve been waiting for. Starring in writer/director Natalie Krinsky’s new romantic comedy The Broken Hearts Gallery, Viswanathan (Hala, Bad Education) takes a comedic turn as Lucy, a spunky 26-year-old New Yorker and borderline hoarder. Surrounded by a diverse, comedically in-tune cast of supporting actors (Utkarsh Ambudkar, Phillipa Soo, Molly Gordon), the…… Continue reading ‘The Broken Hearts Gallery’ a Warm Welcome Back to the Movies