**1/2 out of **** Rated PG for peril, action, and thematic elements Released: November 25, 2015 Runtime: 100 minutes (including the Pixar Short “Sanjay’s Super Team”) Starring (the voices of): Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Raymond Ochoa, Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, Steve Zahn (read my interview with the director and cast here) Barely living up to its title, The [...]
Month: November 2015
Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR Was Almost Extinct (FEATURE STORY)
In early November, I was able to sit down and talk with the filmmakers of Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, including director Peter Sohn and voice cast members Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, and Jeffrey Wright. You can read about our conversation (click here) at Crosswalk.com The Good Dinosaur opens in theaters Wednesday November 25th. (You can read my official [...]
DANCES WITH WOLVES at 30
Thirty years ago in November 1990, "Costner's Folly" went from being a reported vanity project disaster to an Oscar-sweeping epic.
SPOTLIGHT (Movie Review)
**** out of **** My review of Spotlight (click here), at Crosswalk.com, about the 2001 Boston Globe investigation into the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. Winner of two Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay (2015). Spotlight is ranked #4 on my Top Ten List for 2015. An excerpt from my review: "Spotlight is a sober, sensitive look [...]
BROOKLYN (Movie Review)
**** out of **** Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language Released: November 6, 2015 limited; expands Wednesday November 25 Runtime: 111 minutes Directed by: John Crowley Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Domhnall Gleeson Brooklyn is ranked #3 on my Top Ten List for 2015 One of those so-called “chick [...]
The Oscar Buzz has begun…for Sylvester Stallone (AWARDS 2015)
I was wondering if this was going to happen. The fact that it's even possible - with the 7th turn as such an iconic character, no less - is amazing, but with the filmmaking pedigree of director Ryan Coogler, it probably shouldn't be a surprise that Sylvester Stallone has become an early Oscar front-runner for the first time [...]
HOME ALONE at 30
Three decades ago, this unexpected classic debuted on November 16, 1990. And what I wrote 5 years ago still holds true -- just like the movie.
Major Oscar Contenders Everywhere, and Nobody’s Watching Them (AWARDS 2015)
In a sudden move, Steve Jobs just got yanked from 2,000 screens across the country. It was the exclamation point on the most underwhelming first phase of an Oscar season in quite some time. Talk about not living up to the hype. While most of the season's early Oscar-contenders have been well-reviewed and, therefore, met expectations regarding caliber [...]
New 60-second spot for THE FORCE AWAKENS
In the simple, no-nonsense words of Han Solo: "You might need this."
MY ALL AMERICAN (Movie Review)
My review of My All American (click here), at Crosswalk.com, about the real-life inspirational story of the 1960s underdog legend from the University of Texas football program. **1/2 out of **** Rated PG for thematic elements, language, and brief partial nudity Released: November 13, 2015 Runtime: 118 minutes Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Finn Wittrock, Sarah Bolger, Danny Boaz, Juston Street