Review: Promising Young Woman (2020)

Director/Screenwriter: Emerald Fennell Starring: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox Genres: Drama, Comedy MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong violence including sexual assault, language throughout, some sexual material and drug use Release Dates: 12/25/20 (Theatres); 1/15/21 (Streaming) Runtime: 1h 53min Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92% Where to Read More

Review: The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a mouthful of a film title, but you’d expect something like that from Aaron Sorkin, the creator of The West Wing who is known for his verbosity. In his sophomore directorial effort (after Molly’s Game), Sorkin has opted to depict a moment in American history which with many of us may have been unfamiliar (I certainly was): the trial relating to protests at the Democratic National Convention in the 1960s. 

Review: 1917 (2019)

Writer-director Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) has crafted a war film that, on the surface — and from the trailers — doesn’t seem like anything all that original or different from others of the genre; the story centers on two British soldiers who traverse through no-man’s land to deliver an important message that can save thousands of lives.

Review: Mank (2020) Director: David FincherScreenwriter: Jack FincherStarring: Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tom Pelphrey, Arliss HowardGenres: Comedy, DramaMPAA Rating: Rated R for some languageRelease Dates: 11/13/20 (Theatres); 12/4/20 (Streaming)Runtime: 2h 11minRotten Tomatoes Score: 83%Where to Watch: NetflixOscar Nomination(s): Likely–Picture, Director, Actor (Oldman), Supporting Actress (Seyfried), Cinematography, Original Screenplay, Original Score; Read More

Review: Let Them All Talk (2020)

Director: Steven Soderbergh Screenwriter: Deborah Eisenberg Starring: Meryl Streep, Dianne Wiest, Candice Bergen, Gemma Chan, Lucas Hedges Genres: Comedy, Drama MPAA Rating: Rated R for language Release Dates: 12/10/20 (Streaming) Runtime: 1h 53min Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89% Where to Watch: HBO Max Oscar Nomination(s): Possible–Supporting Actress (Bergen); Long-Shot–Original Screenplay I Read More

Review: Wolfwalkers (2020)

Directors: Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart Screenwriters: Will Collins, Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart Starring: [voices of] Honor Keafsey, Sean Bean, Simon McBurney, Tommy Tierney, Maria Doyle Kennedy Genres: Animation, Children/Family, Sci-fi/Fantasy MPAA Rating: Rated PG for sequences of violence and peril, scary images, some thematic elements, and brief language Release Dates: Read More

Review: When Harry Met Sally… (1989) Director: Rob ReinerScreenwriter: Nora EphronStarring: Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby, Michelle NicastroGenres: Comedy, RomanceMPAA Rating: Rated RRelease Dates: 7/12/89 (Theatres); 1/9/01 (DVD); 11/28/16 (Streaming)Runtime: 1h 35minRotten Tomatoes Score: 91%Where to Watch: HBOOscars: Nominated–Original Screenplay I had seen When Harry Met Sally at least a few times before rewatching Read More

Review: A League of Their Own (1992) Director: Penny MarshallScreenwriters: Kelly Candaele, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Kim WilsonStarring: Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Lori Petty, Madonna, Rosie O’DonnellGenres: Comedy, Drama, SportsMPAA Rating: Rated PG for languageRelease Dates: 7/1/92 (Theatres); 6/4/02 (DVD); 4/16/12 (Streaming)Runtime: 2h 8minRotten Tomatoes Score: 78%Where to Watch: Rent/Buy Honestly, A League of Their Own one of Read More

Review: Paddington 2 (2017) Director: Paul KingScreenwriters: Simon Farnaby, Paul KingStarring: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Julie WaltersGenres: Comedy, Children/FamilyMPAA Rating: Rated PG for some action and mild rude humorRelease Dates: 1/12/18 (Theatres), 3/6/18 (Streaming), 4/24/18 (DVD)Runtime: 1h 43minRotten Tomatoes Score: 100%Where to Watch: Rent/Buy Fact: Paddington 2 is currently the highest-rated Read More

Review: Soul (2020) Directors: Pete Docter, Kemp PowersScreenwriters: Pete Docter, Mike Jones, Kemp PowersStarring: [voices of] Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton, Rachel House, Alice BragaGenres: Animation, Drama, ComedyMPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic elements and some languageRelease Date: 12/25/20 (Streaming)Runtime: 1h 40minRotten Tomatoes Score: 96%Where to Watch: Disney+Oscar Nomination(s): Likely–Animated Feature, Read More

Review: Paddington (2014) Director: Paul KingScreenwriters: Paul King, Hamish McCollStarring: Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Ben Whishaw, Julie Walters, Nicole KidmanGenres: Comedy, Children/FamilyMPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild action and rude humorRelease Dates: 1/16/15 (Theatres); 4/28/15 (DVD); 11/30/16 (Streaming)Runtime: 1h 35min Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%Where to Watch: Rent/Buy I didn’t watch the Paddington films until recently, Read More