2019 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: LIVE ACTION (Movie Review)

Released: January 31, 2020 Runtime: 101 minutes (5 short films) Program: Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts for 2019 (Parental Discretion advised; strong language and occasional instances of sexuality -- some including violence -- would put this slate in Rated R territory) There’s a stretch of categories during every Oscar telecast that virtually no one has ever even heard of, [...]

2019 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: ANIMATED (Movie Review)

Released: January 31, 2020 Runtime: 83 minutes (5 short films) Program: Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts for 2019 There’s a stretch of categories during every Oscar telecast that virtually no one has ever even heard of, let alone seen: the shorts. Divided into three competitive groups – Animated, Live Action, and Documentary – the Academy Award nominated shorts can make-or-break [...]

2019 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: DOCUMENTARY (Movie Review)

Released: January 31, 2020 in select theaters Runtime: 160 Minutes (5 short films) Program: Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts for 2019 (Parental Discretion advised; the final documentary short film "St. Louis Superman" has strong adult language) There’s a stretch of categories during every Oscar telecast that virtually no one has ever even heard of, let alone seen: the shorts. [...]

PARASITE (Movie Review)

**** out of **** Rated R (for strong language, some violence and sexual content) Released: November 8, 2019 Runtime: 132 minutes Directed by: Bong Joon-ho Starring: Song Kang-ho, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-sik, Park So-dam, Lee Sun-kyun, Jang Hye-jin, Lee Jeong-eun, Jung Ji-so Think of this as a Jordan Peele movie for South Korea. In the same spirit [...]

JUST MERCY (Movie Review)

*** out of **** Rated PG-13 (for thematic content including some racial epithets, and some language) Released: December 25, 2019 limited; wide January 10, 2020 Runtime: 136 minutes Directed by: Destin Daniel Cretton Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Karan Kendrick, Rafe Spall Even in the face [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]