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Movie Review: ‘Nomadland’

I could spend a moment using Chloé Zhao’s third feature, “Nomadland,” to reflect on my childhood and the yearning I have as an adult to hit the open road. However, I am starting a new year, something the main character reflects on in the film, and I won’t use this review to spend time reflecting [...]

By |2021-02-18T21:11:09-07:00February 18th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: Soul

I could start this review out with a cliché that somehow connects this soulless reviewer with a discussion on Disney-Pixar’s “Soul,” premiering on Disney Plus Christmas Day. However, I am not soulless. I might be a sourpuss, but I am not soulless. “Soul” is the story of Joe Gardner, voiced by Jamie Foxx. Joe is [...]

By |2020-12-22T23:43:50-07:00December 22nd, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: Greenland

Alright, I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for the disaster genre of films that peppered the 1970’s. In fact, “The Towering Inferno” turned 46 years old on December 14. Why is this important to Ric Roman Waugh’s “Greenland,” which hits VOD today? In a word, the Gerard Butler-starring vehicle fits the framework of such storied [...]

By |2020-12-18T22:36:37-07:00December 18th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Songbird”

It’s a curious thing, Adam Mason’s “Songbird.” The film, a mid-budget thriller, would have been the type of film in the 1980s to have metaphorically represented the “what if?” if the U.S. and Russia had nuked each other, something I lived through. Films such as “Red Dawn” represented the “what if?” scenario quite effectively, but [...]

By |2020-12-15T12:13:54-07:00December 14th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

The 20th Phoenix Film Festival Kicks Off

As we publish this, the 20th annual Phoenix Film Festival has donned its topcoat for the gents and the very best of evening gowns for the ladies as it starts its 11-day run. Nothing about this year’s festival is normal, though. Delayed by nine months, owing to the novel Coronavirus that has affected so many [...]

By |2020-11-12T21:23:40-07:00November 12th, 2020|News & Articles|0 Comments

Review: The War with Grandpa Elevates Familiar Comedy with Class and Style

As the credits rolled on “The War with Grandpa,” I couldn’t help but smile. I enjoyed the antics between Robert De Niro, who plays Ed, and his grandson, Peter (Oakes Fegley). The antics rival "Home Alone" in their physicality, and the film is probably something that Disney would have made in the 1990s. That wasn’t [...]

By |2020-10-08T22:55:16-07:00October 8th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

“On the Rocks”: Coppola’s Restraint, Murray’s Humor Make For a Well-Mixed Comedy Cocktail

My lips pursed with glee as Sofia Coppola’s gorgeous “On the Rocks” spooled out. My glee wasn’t over the fact that the film laments relationships that are on the fritz, nor that we've forgotten how to communicate with one another. Nor did they raise over Laura’s (Rashida Jones) blind insistence that nothing was wrong with [...]

By |2020-09-30T21:41:00-07:00September 30th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

“All In: The Fight for Democracy”: Election Year Doc is Imperative Viewing; Get Out and Vote

"We the People of the United States . . ." Powerful words open the preamble to the Constitution of the United States. Meaningless in our current environment. It's easy to sit here and armchair-quarterback how our duly elected representatives work to represent their constituents when words like "voter suppression" permeate the airwaves of cable news [...]

By |2020-09-17T22:36:50-07:00September 17th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

“The Broken Hearts Gallery”: A Modern “It’s Complicated” Formula Romance

There is something to be said for people who stick their necks out for romance. Even if it's just a one night fling (which doesn't constitute romance), the passion that goes into mating rituals is quite involved. "It's Complicated," therefore, might be an apt way to describe the kitschy romance that evolves in Natalie Krinsky's [...]

By |2020-09-10T22:03:58-07:00September 10th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

“The Personal History of David Copperfield” Is Magically Delightful

Even in the deepest of poverty, Armando Iannucci ("The Death of Stalin") manages to find a smile. No, that's not quite right. Yes, there is a smile. It's more of a feeling of joy as the lips curl, remembering a dream of what was, content in a world so full of wrong, that we get [...]

By |2020-08-27T22:07:33-07:00August 27th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments