STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Final Trailer: “It’s true. All of it.”

The final trailer for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has finally dropped, and it reveals far less than we'd hoped…but possibly answers the questions raised by the Luke-less poster that was revealed on Sunday. The early theorizing that occurred following the sans-Skywalker poster had fans guessing that perhaps Luke would die so early on in Episode VII that [...]

THE WALK (Movie Review)

***1/2 out of **** Rated PG for thematic elements involving perilous situations, brief nudity (rear male), language, brief drug references, and smoking 
Released: September 30, 2015
 on IMAX; October 9 nationwide Runtime: 123 minutes Directed by: Robert Zemeckis Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, Clement Sibony, Ben Schwartz The Walk is ranked #14 in [...]

TIME OUT OF MIND (Movie Review)

***1/2 out of **** Unrated, but R-level content 
for strong language and brief sexuality 
Released: October 1, 2015 Runtime: 120 minutes Directed by: Oren Moverman Starring: Richard Gere, Ben Vereen, Jena Malone, Kyra Sedgwick, Steve Buscemi Time Out Of Mind is an Honorable Mention on my Top Ten List for 2015 Unless you’ve worked or volunteered regularly at a [...]

“GOOD DINO” PRE-RELEASE TRACKING OUTPACES “INSIDE OUT”

Pixar Outdoes Itself: ‘Good Dinosaur’ Outpacing Megahit ‘Inside Out' (Variety) Industry pundits have been largely skeptical about the box office prospects for Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, which opens Thanksgiving weekend. Along with a troubled production history, many have questioned the timing of its release coming so soon after such a gigantic hit like Inside Out. The thinking is [...]

ROOM (Movie Review)

**** out of **** My review of Room (click here), at Crosswalk.com, about one woman's determination to care for her son while both are held captive - and her attempt to set him free. Room is ranked #2 on my Top Ten List for 2015. An excerpt from my review: "Room is an emotional gauntlet....one of the reasons this unsettling subject [...]

My Conversation with Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim

The new documentary He Named Me Malala tells the story of the young Pakistani teenager whose protests so threatened the Taliban regime that they tried to assassinate her - and after shooting her in the head, they nearly succeeded. This is my conversation with director Davis Guggenheim (for Relevant Magazine) about how he was transformed by meeting Malala [...]