Review: Birds of Prey (2020)

Birds of Prey (or whatever its title is now) is infinitely better [in a number of ways] than the abysmal Suicide Squad — and, thankfully, that’s largely due the film focusing on the best thing about Suicide Squad: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.

Review: Harriet (2019)

We have waited a long time for a full-length film biopic on Harriet Tubman to be released, and unfortunately, we may have to wait a little bit longer for a great one. This film, simply titled Harriet (which is fine) and directed by Kasi Lemmons, shows Harriet from the beginnings of her freedom from slavery (including a brief glimpse into her plantation life) through her amazing work on the Underground Railroad.

Review: The Lion King (2019)

I had put off seeing this new version — is it really a remake? — of The Lion King, as I didn’t want to have to compare it to the original, which was one of the first movies I saw in the theater. I have long loved the animated film, and due to mediocre (at best) reviews of Jon Favreau’s 2019 version, I was reluctant.

Review: Maleficient: Mistress of Evil (2019)

Honestly, this film — the sequel to Maleficent, which I actually enjoyed — was hardly on my radar. When I saw the trailer, I was surprised that there was a sequel, but also semi-interested in seeing legends Angelina Jolie and Michele Pfeiffer go toe to toe.

Review: Pain and Glory (2019)

Pain and Glory, Pedro Almodovar’s latest, is a sort of autobiographical work — with Antonio Banderas as his cinematic replacement/equivalent. Banderas plays Salvador, a retired, esteemed Spanish director who suffers from numerous aches and pains, both physically and emotionally.