Streaming Recap: May 2020

Normally at this time of year we’d be a month into the summer blockbuster season.  Unfortunately, due to the ongoing state of things, that is not the case.  But we still have lots of movies to stream at home in the meantime.  You can read my reviews of films that debuted on streaming services in […]

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Review: “Trolls World Tour”

2.5 out of 5 stars. If you’re currently bored in isolation, one of Dreamworks Animation’s “Trolls” movies should jolt you out of your slumber—for better or for worse.  Forgoing a standard theatrical release and heading straight to home video due to the coronavirus pandemic, “Trolls World Tour”—the sequel to the 2016 hit “Trolls” that was […]

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Streaming Recap: March 2020

These days, we’re all spending much more time at home than usual.  I know my normal routine of reviewing new movie releases has been severely impacted by movie theaters closing nationwide, and most films slated for spring release being postponed until later in the year.  But that means there’s no better time to check out […]

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Review: “1917”

5 out of 5 stars. “1917” is a war epic brought down to a more personal level, without sacrificing the scale or horror of said war.  That is thanks to director Sam Mendes and his crew, who adhere to a vision for this story—based on an anecdote told to him by his grandfather, Alfred Mendes—that […]

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Review: “The Two Popes”

3.5 out of 5 stars. “The Two Popes” is the story of two men at an intellectual and spiritual crossroads.  Adapted by Anthony McCarten from his play “The Pope” and directed by Fernando Meirelles, the film maintains the intimacy of a stage production with some added cinematic flourishes, and is anchored by fantastic performances by […]

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Review: “Yesterday”

2.5 out of 5 stars. It’s difficult to imagine a world without the Beatles.  Their music has been an integral part of pop culture around the world for decades, their impact and influence on others seemingly never-ending.  But a world without the Beatles is exactly what the movie “Yesterday” tries to imagine, only the premise […]

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Review: “Late Night”

3.5 out of 5 stars. In “Late Night,” Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling both play women who defy those who underestimate.  The film may be a workplace comedy—and a very funny one at that—but it has an important and timely message that reaches far deeper. The movie is directed by Nisha Ganatra from a script […]

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