Streaming Movie Recap: June 2020

June was a pretty busy month for movies released on streaming platforms, particularly as several films originally intended for theatrical release made their debut on demand or on streaming services like Disney Plus instead due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  I’ve already reviewed some of those films (and I’ve linked my reviews below), but you can […]

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Review: “Da 5 Bloods”

On a surface level, Spike Lee’s newest joint, “Da 5 Bloods,” is about Black Vietnam War veterans reuniting and reopening their traumatic past. It’s a perspective of the war that never gets represented on screen.  But in that special way that only he has, Lee connects the struggles of the past, present, and future in […]

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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: “The Lovebirds”

A romantic comedy starring the funny and talented Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae and directed by Michael Showalter (who helmed the poignant and unique 2017 rom-com “The Big Sick,” also starring Nanjiani) sounds like a definite winner.  But Nanjiani and Rae’s talents outshine the script for their new movie “The Lovebirds,” which fails to do […]

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Streaming Recap: April 2020

How long have we been in isolation now?  I don’t really remember myself, and I know I, like surely most of my readers, really miss being able to go to the movie theater.  Fortunately, there have been plenty of new movies released on streaming services this month to keep us entertained, including some films that […]

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Throwback Review: “Hail, Caesar!”

There are two very different sides to the Coen Brothers’ body of work. One is the serious drama, the likes of “No Country for Old Men” or “Inside Llewyn Davis;” the other is the light-hearted farce, such as “Burn After Reading” or “Raising Arizona.” Their latest directorial effort, “Hail, Caesar!,” belongs in the latter category. “Hail, […]

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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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Streaming Recap: February 2020

TIMMY FAILURE: MISTAKES WERE MADE (Disney Plus) A family film based on a popular children’s book series may seem like an odd fit for the director of the Oscar-winning journalism drama “Spotlight.”  But with Tom McCarthy at the helm, “Timmy Failure” is a kids’ movie that doesn’t dumb itself down for its audience.  Timmy (Winslow […]

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Streaming Recap: January 2020

January is usually a slow time of year, for movies and for me.  I spent the last month playing catch up on a lot of television that I missed toward the end of 2019 (and if you need me I’ll be screaming about HBO’s “Watchmen” for the foreseeable future), taking advantage of the fact that […]

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Streaming Recap: December 2019

Adam Driver, festive royal families, and dogs: here’s a series of mini reviews of movies released on streaming services in December. THE REPORT (AMAZON) Okay, technically “The Report” was a November release, but it came in at the end of the month so I’m going to let it slide.  Scott Z. Burns’ film, which I […]

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