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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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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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: “Marriage Story”

4.5 out of 5 stars. Contrary to its title, writer and director Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” drops the viewer into the story of a marriage that it at its end.  But even though we don’t see the couple at the heart of the story falling in love, we get a complete sense of what their […]

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Review: “The Report”

3.5 out of 5 stars. “The Report” is the rare movie based on a true stories that doesn’t focus on bending facts to fit a more entertaining narrative; in fact, it frequently does just the opposite.  Written and directed by Scott Z. Burns, the film tells the story of an investigation led by Senate staffer […]

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Streaming Recap: November 2019

With the holiday season in full swing, tons of movies were released on streaming services in November, from Christmas comedies to awards season contenders. You can read my capsule reviews of new movies released on Netflix and Disney Plus in November below. HOLIDAY IN THE WILD (NETFLIX) “Holiday in the Wild,” directed by Ernie Barbarash, […]

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Review: “The Irishman”

4.5 out of 5 stars. Everybody talking about “The Irishman” can’t seem to do so without bringing up its runtime, which at just shy of three and a half hours, is exceptionally long.  But director Martin Scorsese doesn’t waste a second of it, delivering an epic crime movie that initially just seems clever and entertaining, […]

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