|'First Reformed': An Inconvenient Proof|
It is unfortunate. But it only makes complete sense that Paul Schrader's dark and starkly truthful "First Reformed" will be one of 2018's most important movies. Whether or not you like its profoundly intense take on current events and how that intersects with the crisis of conscience Ethan Hawke's Reverend Ernst Toller is
|'Ocean's 8': What's Bad for the Gander is Bad for the Goose|
Watching director Gary Ross' "Ocean's 8," starring Sandra Bullock in a feminine spinoff of the "Ocean's 11" (1960) franchise, I couldn't help but get cynically philosophical. Did I somewhere along the way of reviewing movies fall into a Rip Van Winkle-like sleep, only to awake and find that stealing obscene
|'Adrift': Cast Away in an Inconvenient Genre|
If your idea of a good time is anguishing aghast on tenterhooks as a couple of shipwrecked young lovers try to survive against all odds in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, director Baltasar Kormákur's "Adrift," loosely based on a true story, is for you. I, for one, don't really get the thrill, and have yet to receive a
|'Solo: A Star Wars Story': The Stuff of Heroes|
I liked "Solo: A Star Wars Story" about as much as I could possibly like this genre of film, and recommend it as a starter movie for those who have avoided such techno-extravaganzas like the plague, but who now wish to experience one while still compos mentis.
At worst, it is relatively harmless, your
|'Book Club': Can Be Judged From Its Cover|
The grist and gist of the pleasantly engaging but no-great-shakes "Book Club," directed by Bill Holderman and starring four of our national treasures, reminded me of an informing moment a few years back. My wife, Joanne, and I were driving across the Neversink River in the Catskills just as Mick Jagger and that band of his came over
|'Life of the Party': Celebrates the Joys of Mediocrity|
If you redo in black and white director Ben Falcone's "Life of the Party," wherein suddenly divorced Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) returns to college after dropping out 20 years ago, you've epitomized any number of escapist comedies that populated theaters during the Great Depression.
Light, frothy confections
|'Tully': The Helping Hand that Rocks the Cradle|
There is a surprise twist in director Jason Reitman's "Tully," about a mom whose domestic struggles increase exponentially when she adds a third child to her already challenging brood.
Ordinarily, this wouldn't be big news. Lots of movies toss us an O. Henry in the ninth inning, some preceded by clues, others
|'Avengers: Infinity War': Goldberger's Complaint|
President Re: "Avengers: Infinity War"
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Dear Sir or Madame,
I have a bone to pick. Well, actually, many bones. While I certainly appreciate the obvious effort your studio has put into the here referenced "Avengers: Infinity Wars," I
|'I Feel Pretty': And So Will You|
It has long been said by altruistic philosophers, and famously iterated in 1966 by no less authority than David Ruffin and The Temptations, that "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep."
But alas, anyone who has spent any time on this planet chock full of monuments to physical splendor, and who has perhaps had the lesson
|'Ready Player One': It's All a Game|
It occurs while viewing Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One" that this is something Dr. Timothy Leary might have dreamt if he fell asleep just after reading Orwell's "1984."
As a pundit I knew in 1969 was oft inclined to opine when bemused by the semi-unexplainable, "It's trippy."
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