Author: Georgi Presecky

  • November Offers New Spin On Dickens

    November Offers New Spin On Dickens

    It’s been a good week for Charles Dickens. Author Barbara Kingsolver marked four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list with her modern take on “David Copperfield.” Oprah’s Book Club pick “Demon Copperhead” transfers the themes of Dickens’ semi-autobiographical tome to 21st century Appalachia, where its main characters are plagued by opioid addiction, domestic […]

  • Disney Symbol Stands For More In ‘Mickey: The Story of a Mouse’

    Disney Symbol Stands For More In ‘Mickey: The Story of a Mouse’

    “It was all started by a mouse,” Walt Disney says in the opening of a new documentary about his company’s most famous symbol. “Mickey: The Story of a Mouse” begins streaming on Disney+ Nov. 18 in celebration of the character’s birthday. As editor of the award-winning documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” about the life […]

  • Pugh Is Saving Grace In Netflix Thriller ‘The Wonder’

    Pugh Is Saving Grace In Netflix Thriller ‘The Wonder’

    Florence Pugh portrays a hard-nosed nurse thrust into a world of religious zealots in “The Wonder,” a psychological thriller that begins streaming Nov. 16 on Netflix. Set in 1862 and based on the novel by award-winning author Emma Donoghue, the disturbing new feature follows the story of an 11-year-old Irish girl who claims not to […]

  • Action Hero Tests Potential In ‘Limitless With Chris Hemsworth’

    Action Hero Tests Potential In ‘Limitless With Chris Hemsworth’

    An action star studies the science of longevity in “Limitless with Chris Hemsworth.” The six-part documentary series from National Geographic drops Wednesday on Disney+, following Hemsworth in his extreme quest to defy aging and learn more about combating unhealthy habits. “Unhealthy” might be the wrong word to describe the actor, best known for playing god […]

  • ‘Long Promised Road’ Celebrates Brian Wilson’s Musical Legacy

    ‘Long Promised Road’ Celebrates Brian Wilson’s Musical Legacy

    “Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road” hits theaters and On Demand platforms Nov. 19, celebrating the life and work of the iconic titular Beach Boy. More a conversation between friends than a formal interview, Wilson and Rolling Stone editor Jason Fine drive the streets of Wilson’s old neighborhood, chatting less about life and more about music […]

  • A Newspaperman Reflects On ‘Storm Lake’

    A Newspaperman Reflects On ‘Storm Lake’

    This well-done documentary serves as a valuable primer and object lesson for why local journalism of the purest kind is so important.

  • Cathartic ‘Together’ Makes The Pandemic Personal

    Cathartic ‘Together’ Makes The Pandemic Personal

    I was nervous about watching “Together.”  I didn’t think I was ready to relive the early stages of the pandemic on film, or to go through that panic and pain again. As if it isn’t still happening, as if it hasn’t been a daily reality for more than 18 months.  I was afraid this story […]

  • Kunis and Close Spend ‘Four Good Days’ Fighting for Sobriety

    Kunis and Close Spend ‘Four Good Days’ Fighting for Sobriety

    Glenn Close and Mila Kunis play characters inspired by a real-life mother and daughter in “Four Good Days.” Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Eli Saslow co-wrote the screenplay with director Rodrigo Garcia, who reunites for the fourth time with lead actress Close in this tense, tightly-structured drama about a longtime heroin addict and a determined but exhausted […]

  • Familiar Faces Anchor Offbeat ‘Eat Wheaties!’

    Familiar Faces Anchor Offbeat ‘Eat Wheaties!’

    Tony Hale anchors the cast of Eat Wheaties!, an offbeat new comedy from Scott Abramovitch. Based on Michael Kun’s 2003 novel The Locklear Letters, Hale plays an overeager marketing manager who attempts to prove he knew the actress Elizabeth Banks in college. While this premise drives the plot, it’s the singular bits and oddball cast […]

  • In Era of Isolation, ‘Together Together’ Says We’re Not Alone

    In Era of Isolation, ‘Together Together’ Says We’re Not Alone

    Ed Helms and Patti Harrison play a single expectant father and his pregnant surrogate in “Together Together,” a Bleecker Street film that hits theaters April 23. Writer-director Nicole Beckwith’s refreshingly real feature tackles the stigma of singlehood – and the unlikely places we find family. App developer Matt (Helms) meets Anna (Harrison) while interviewing potential […]