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: “Ready Player One”

I will say right up front that I have two very distinct sets of feelings about “Ready Player One.” The first of these notes how much fun it is to sit there and point out each and every visual in the film that borrows a character or an idea from my youth.  Steven Spielberg’s work here,… Read More