Movie Review: “A Quiet Place” (2018)

In its best moments, writer-director-executive producer-star John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” is not just a terrifying story of monsters who kill anything they hear, but the smaller story of a family just struggling to survive.  It is a movie concerned with day-to-day life and the changes involved, as it is offering up thrills. The family… Read More

Movie Review: "The Girl on the Train"

Tate Taylor’s adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ novel “Girl on the Train” desperately wants to situate itself in a small corner of Westchester County, moving the location of the novel from outside London to this area, but it is this area in name and the occasional location shot only.  It in no way feels organic to… Read More

"Lass is More" on "Sicario" and Incremental Change

Welcome to the new year! Here we are, 2016. A new year, one full of new chances, new opportunity, and change all around us. Everyone is all about change this time of year. Everyone is all about turning over a new leaf, doing things in revolutionary fashion, making drastic leaps. I don’t go in for… Read More

"Into the Woods" Review: Sondheim musical gets middling adaptation

Once upon a time, I saw the Broadway revival of “Into the Woods” featuring Vanessa Williams as the Witch.  While the James Lapine-Stephen Sondheim musical has never been my favorite bit of theater—nor my favorite Sondheim work—I felt an affection and a closeness to the characters I saw on the stage, and that from the… Read More