WINE COUNTRY (Movie Review)

*1/2 out of **** TV-MA (for strong language, crude sexual content, brief nudity, and some drug material) Released: May 10, 2019, on Netflix Runtime: 103 minutes Directed by: Amy Poehler Starring: Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey, Tina Fey, Jason Schwartzman, Cherry Jones My review of Wine Country, for The Tulsa Voice. [...]

LONG SHOT (Movie Review)

**1/2 out of **** Rated R (for strong sexual content, strong language throughout, and some drug use) Released: May 3, 2019 Runtime: 125 minutes Directed by: Jonathan Levine Starring: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ravi Patel, Bob Odenkirk, Andy Serkis, Alexander Skarsgård With movies like Knocked Up, Superbad (as scriptwriter), and [...]

AVENGERS: ENDGAME (Movie Review)

***1/2 out of **** Rated PG-13 (for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and some language) Released: April 26, 2019 Runtime: 182 minutes Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen, Gillan, Josh Brolin Full disclosure: if [...]

DIANE (Movie Review)

*** out of **** Not Rated (contains R-rated language and references to drug use) Released: March 29, 2019 limited; April 12 expands Runtime: 95 minutes Directed by: Kent Jones Starring: Mary Kay Place, Jake Lacy, Andrea Martin, Estelle Parsons, Deirde O'Connell, Phyllis Somerville, Celia Keenan-Bolger My review of Diane, for The Tulsa Voice. This narrative debut from documentarian [...]

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Podcast: Episode 20 – SHAZAM!, US, and PET SEMATARY (PODCAST)

Episode 20 - THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Conversations On Cinema http://thebadandthebeautiful.libsyn.com/the-bad-and-the-beautiful-episode-20 Shazam!, @ 1:05 Us, @ 14:47 Pet Sematary, @ 25:31 Upcoming / Outro / Contact Info, @ 33:42 On this episode of The Bad and the Beautiful, Charles and Jeff talk super heroes and buried horrors. You can download it on iTunes or [...]

TRANSIT (Movie Review)

**1/2 out of **** Rated R (for language and images of violence) Released: March 1, 2019 limited; April 5 expands Runtime: 101 minutes Directed by: Christian Petzold Starring: Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese, Maryam Zaree, Lilien Batman, Barbara Auer An intriguing beginning. A powerful ending. A lot of strained Euro-drama in-between. That’s the mixed bag of [...]

SHAZAM! (Movie Review)

***1/2 out of **** Rated PG-13 (for intense sequences of action, language, and suggestive material) Released: April 5, 2019 Runtime: 132 minutes Directed by: David F. Sandberg Starring: Zachary Levi, Jack Dylan Grazer, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Faithe Herman, Marta Milans, Cooper Andrews, Jovan Armand, Djimon Hounsou This Captain Marvel movie is way [...]

DUMBO (2019) (Movie Review)

***1/2 out of **** Rated PG (for peril/action, some thematic elements, and brief mild language) Released: March 29, 2019 Runtime: 112 minutes Directed by: Tim Burton Starring: Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins, Michael Keaton, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, Joseph Gatt, Douglas Reith, Roshan Seth, Deobia Oparei, Sharon Rooney There are right ways and wrong [...]

US (Movie Review)

***1/2 out of **** Rated R (for violence/terror and strong language) Released: March 22, 2019 Runtime: 114 minutes Directed by: Jordan Peele Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Madison Curry, Tim Heidecker, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Anna Diop (SPOILER CAUTION: While no plot details are divulged beyond what's been revealed in [...]