Movie Review: “Evil Eye”

"Evil Eye" is one of the more unique Blumhouse offerings on Amazon Prime this month as it combines elements from Eastern superstition, family culture clashes, and a touch of horror.   It's also the first film I'm aware of that has been based on an Audible Original audio play. The Audible Original, written by Madhuri Shekar [...]

By |2020-10-13T15:45:37-07:00October 13th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Nocturne” (2020)

The most visually pleasing Blumhouse films so far this month is also the least satisfying.  "Nocturne" is an exercise in style over substance that doesn't quite live up to its synopsis. The bulk of the story takes place at a Musical Arts School where a pair of twins are competing for recognition and an invitation [...]

By |2020-10-13T15:44:45-07:00October 13th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|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

Movie Review: “The Lie”

Blumhouse's second of four movies arriving on Amazon Prime this month is "The Lie", a remake of the 2015 German Film "Wir Monster."  The screenplay, adapted by director Veena Sud, is a psychological thriller that explores how far people are willing to go to keep their family together.  It's a familiar premise but with a [...]

By |2020-10-07T14:55:14-07:00October 7th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Black Box”

"Black Box" is the first of four movies that Blumhouse is releasing on Amazon Prime during the month of October.  Blumhouse has a reputation for financing and distributing lower budget horror films that often expose fresh new talent to wider audiences.  Unfortunately, although interesting, "Black Box" falls a little flat. The premise is familiar yet [...]

By |2020-10-06T16:10:41-07:00October 6th, 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|1 Comment

Movie Review: “Save Yourselves!”

Few things are more frightening to our current generation than the fear of missing out.  Many of us are constantly glued to our phones, paying them more attention than the human sitting beside us.  Painfully aware of the negative impact social media is having on their relationship, Su (Sunita Mani) and Jack (John Reynolds) decide [...]

By |2020-09-29T15:35:21-07:00September 29th, 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