1917 (Movie Review)

**1/2 out of **** Rated R (for war violence, some disturbing images, and language) Released: December 25, 2019 limited; expands January 10, 2020 Runtime: 118 minutes Directed by: Sam Mendes Starring: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Colin Firth Director Sam Mendes’ so-called “one shot” war movie makes the case -- albeit unintentionally -- for editing. A [...]

Writer’s Guild Nominees Cue Up Oscar Contending Screenplays (AWARDS 2019)

Of all the industry guilds, the Writers is the biggest wild card. Snubs aren't only normal; they're ingrained into the legalese of the org's eligibility rules. That's why you won't see Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood among this year's nominees. Another possible Oscar contender not eligible here: Lulu Wang's The Farewell. Due to arcane [...]

UNCUT GEMS (Movie Review)

**** out of **** Rated R (for pervasive strong language, strong violence, some sexual content, and brief drug use) Released: December 25, 2019 Runtime: 135 minutes Directed by: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie Starring: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, LaKeith Stanfield, Kevin Garnett, Eric Bogosian, Idina Menzel, Judd Hirsch, Keith Williams Richards Never in my life have I had [...]

RISE OF SKYWALKER Doesn’t Retcon LAST JEDI, It Fulfills It (ANALYSIS)

Major spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker follow The first, hottest, and possibly most predictable take to come out of the initial reactions to Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker was that director J. J. Abrams had retconned (a.k.a. reversed) the divisive subversions of Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi. For some particularly vicious critics, it [...]

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (Movie Review)

***1/2 out of **** Rated PG-13 (for sci-fi violence and action) Released: December 20, 2019 Runtime: 141 minutes Directed by: J. J. Abrams Starring: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Ian McDirmand, Anthony Daniels, Keri Russell, Billy Dee Williams, Joonas Suotamo, Richard E. Grant, Naomi Ackie, Kelly Marie Tran, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, [...]