Gillian Jacobs Goes Back To College In Universal Indie ‘I Used To Go Here’

Gillian Jacobs stars in Kris Rey’s I Used To Go Here, in select theaters and On Demand this Friday. Previously dubbed Alma Mater, the film follows newly-published author Kate back to her college campus to promote her novel and meet with young aspiring writers.  Kate is still young herself, in her mid 30s, but facing…… Continue reading Gillian Jacobs Goes Back To College In Universal Indie ‘I Used To Go Here’

Timely ‘The Secret: Dare To Dream’ Finds The Meaning In Hardship

Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas star in The Secret: Dare to Dream, an uplifting new drama based on the wildly popular 2006 book. Adapted by This Is Us staff writer Bekah Brunstetter, the film shares the same values, ideals and themes of the NBC series: that our lives are somehow mysteriously linked, and our joy…… Continue reading Timely ‘The Secret: Dare To Dream’ Finds The Meaning In Hardship

‘Born to Play’ a Refreshing Reminder of Teamwork in the Face of Adversity

“Football is a physical sport. You’re gonna get punched in the face. It’s about how you respond. Punch back.” If anything sums up ESPN’s latest documentary Born to Play, it’s that. Director Viridiana Lieberman’s examination of women’s tackle football is inspiring not only for fans of the sport, but for anyone who feels like their…… Continue reading ‘Born to Play’ a Refreshing Reminder of Teamwork in the Face of Adversity

‘Laurel Canyon’ Captures A Unique Time, Place In Music History

My mother was a child of the ‘60s, which means some of my earliest friends were Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Joni Mitchell’s voice filled my college years with the promise that it wouldn’t be long before I dragged my feet to slow the circles down, and she was right.  It’s with an acknowledged bias…… Continue reading ‘Laurel Canyon’ Captures A Unique Time, Place In Music History

Anniversary of ‘Endgame’ Holds Special Meaning in Time of Coronavirus

Avengers: Endgame was released April 26, 2019. It is the highest-grossing film of all time, with Box Office Mojo reporting its lifetime gross as $2,797,800,564. Its first anniversary has a new relevance as people worldwide grapple with the global health crisis of coronavirus, and its far-reaching impact on healthcare, the economy and everyday life. Millions…… Continue reading Anniversary of ‘Endgame’ Holds Special Meaning in Time of Coronavirus

‘Last Christmas’ Gives You Its Heart – But Not Much Else

Emilia Clarke stars in Last Christmas, a sweet but contrived comedy from director Paul Feig, along with screenwriters Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings. Like a beautifully-decorated Christmas cookie in the window of a bakery, Last Christmas is lovely to look at, but doesn’t actually taste like much.  Kate (Clarke) is a self-proclaimed “mess,” bouncing around London and sleeping on…… Continue reading ‘Last Christmas’ Gives You Its Heart – But Not Much Else