• This Week's Review: "Chappaquiddick"

    The weekend of April 7 represented another of those arid periods during which Hollywood releases little or nothing worth my time, effort, or expense. If “Chappaquiddick” had been playing near me, I might have considered it, but I …

  • This Week's Review: "Ready Player One"

    To say the least, I was overwhelmed by Steven Spielberg’s latest venture, “Ready Player One.” The trailers had been ambiguous, and I had never read the original novel, so I was not sure what was going to transpire …

  • This Week's Review: A Break

    After a long and bruising session with my tax accountant, I was ready for some therapeutic cinematic diversion. But Hollywood failed to deliver anything remotely interesting for the March 24 weekend. I was somewhat interested  in “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” …

  • This Week's Review: "Tomb Raider"

    It has been a while since I have seen a film that was thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end, and, to be honest, I had no such expectation for the new version of “Tomb Raider.” I have very few …

  • This Week's Review: "The Shape of Water"

    I decided to bite the bullet and find a theater showing of “The Shape of Water.” Although I had seen several trailers over the last few months, knew the gist of the plot and had strong memories of director Guillermo …

  • This Week's Review: "Red Sparrow"

    I only had time for one film on March 3, so I had to choose between “Red Sparrow” and the new version of “Death Wish.” I chose the Jennifer Lawrence bloodbath over the Bruce Willis carnage. That was a very …

  • This Week's Review: "Annihilation"

    The weekend of February 24 was rather arid; the only new film of any interest was “Annihilation.” In many ways, it was a big nothing; but, in other ways, it may be better than I first thought. In …

  • This Week's Review: "Black Panther"

    I only had time for one film on February 17, and there was never any question that my choice would be “Black Panther.” I still remember when the character, the first black superhero, first appeared in a 1965 issue …

  • This Week's Reviews: "The 15:17 to Paris" and "Peter Rabbit"

    My weekly pilgrimage for February 10 to the movie theater was barely worth the time. My first choice was Clint Eastwood’s “The 15:17 to Paris.” I may have had false expectations about the retelling of the recent terrorist atrocity …

  • This Week's Review: "Den of Thieves"

    The period between the announcement of the Oscar nominations and the awards ceremony tends to be a bit of desert; there are very few major pictures released during that February. On February 3, I made a poor choice, …