“Grease” is the Word… or is it?

For its 40th anniversary, “Grease” has gotten a pretty spiffy new Blu-ray edition.  The real question though is whether or this classic movie musical is something best relegated to the dustbin of history or if it is still as slick as ever. Oh, certainly, there are some undeniably great moments, but there are some that… Read More

Movie Review: “Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story”

Even if it doesn’t entirely succeed, there is something admirable about Ashley Bell’s documentary, “Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story.”  The piece follows Bell who is accompanying elephant rescuers in Thailand as they attempt to move an ill elephant 500 miles to a sanctuary. Bell serves as director, one of the writers, and a producer on… Read More

Movie Review: “I Feel Pretty”

Written and directed by Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein, Amy Schumer’s latest vehicle, “I Feel Pretty,” has all the appearances of a comedy intended to have a message.  The trouble with the movie is that after watching it, it’s impossible to figure out what exactly that message might be. Schumer stars here as Renee Bennett,… Read More

Movie Review: “Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare”

Imagine, if you will, a bunch of drunken college seniors, down in Mexico for spring break, ready to party one last time before the “real world” descends upon them. There is liquor.  There is debauchery.  There is infighting.  There is more than one secret floating amongst the group.  There is an evil presence released when they… Read More

Not a Movie Review: “Borg vs. McEnroe”

“You cannot be serious! That ball was on the line!  Chalk flew up!” Back in 2004, I used to hear John McEnroe yell that day after day after day and now, 14 years later, I can still hear it in my head on a regular basis.  I know the exact intonation, I know the hand gestures,… Read More

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: “Blockers”

Is it possible to make a raunchy teenage sex comedy today, one that focuses on a diversity of opinions and backgrounds and sexual orientations, one that has fun with the genre, one that notes the double standards while still centering itself around them?  Yes, indeed it is, and “Blockers” is the proof of concept. Directed… Read More