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Dec 11 2016

BEST MOVIES 2016: BOSTON FILM CRITICS!!!

By | December 11th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Animation, Documentary, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Fantasy, Movies|2 Comments

Boston's two film critics' circles (I belong to both) have voted their year end awards! The BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS (BSFC) have named "La La Land" starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and directed by Best Director Damien ("Whiplash") Chazelle as BEST PICTURE!  The Boston Online Film Critics Association (BOFCA) has named "Moonlight" BEST PICTURE with Best Ensemble for the magnificent trio [...]

Nov 12 2016

MOVIE: ARRIVAL/GOOSEBUMPS AND GRANDEUR

By | November 12th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Movies, Science Fiction, Thriller|1 Comment

Many movies reveal their secrets within the first five minutes, and it's not until the end that we understand what we have already seen-- and know.  When that moment comes in ARRIVAL, it's like a tsunami in slow motion. ARRIVAL spills its secrets softly in a grand, goosebump-inducing sci-fi adventure that made me feel like I was tumbling through space [...]

Oct 16 2016

MOVIE: THE ACCOUNTANT– crunching more than numbers!

By | October 16th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Movies, Thriller|1 Comment

Ben Affleck as THE ACCOUNTANT is crunching more than numbers. This is a real departure for the actor as he brings to life an ass-kicking, Asperger's syndrome, math wiz working his way through an intense labyrinth of secrecy and surprise. The film is a refreshing and well-balanced mix of farflung elements: action, thriller, romantic comedy(!) family dysfunction, and a shout [...]

Oct 06 2016

MOVIE DOUBLE FEATURE: DEEP WATER HORIZON/SNOWDEN Have An Ax To Grind

By | October 6th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Movies, Thriller|2 Comments

A pair of movies now playing at a cineplex near you wear their agendas on their sleeves: each re-tells a true story, skewers its villains, and brings its audience right up close to the imagined scenes of the action whose outcome we already know. Director/co-writer Oliver Stone's SNOWDEN comes with a careful central performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden, computer wiz and infrastructure analyst for the National [...]

Sep 10 2016

MOVIE: SULLY

By | September 10th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Movies|3 Comments

Chesley Sullenberger is the reason computers will never take over the world. He's exactly the sort of hero Clint Eastwood would set his sights on-- another man who casts a long shadow over the techno-driven world. Eastwood has directed Tom Hanks as SULLY the pilot who made the miracle landing on the Hudson after a flock of birds crashed [...]

Aug 04 2016

MOVIE: JASON BOURNE

By | August 4th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Movies, Thriller|2 Comments

It was my last best hope for the dull summer movie offerings-- and it did not disappoint! JASON BOURNE held me fast from first frame to last. I must admit, the $1.3 billion dollar grossing franchise starring Boston's own MATT DAMON, has been an action fave of mine since its inception, not least of all because [...]

Jul 13 2016

MOVIE: SUMMER 2016 MOVIE DOLDRUMS

By | July 13th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Family, Horror, Kids, Movies|0 Comments

This summer at the movies sucks. I normally despise that expression but it accurately describes the vacuum that is this summer's movie season. Underwhelming fare is now playing on mainstream screens everywhere, and I am searching like crazy for things I want to see. Here's what I don't want to see: --NEWSCASTERS playing themselves on the big screen and then complaining about [...]

Jun 09 2016

MOVIES: NOW YOU SEE ME 2

By | June 9th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Movies|4 Comments

Get ready for the first great entertainment at the movies this summer which trades comic book action heroes for the lords of legerdemain known as The Four Horsemen: NOW YOU SEE ME 2! I couldn't take my eyes off this movie which captures the magic of, well, magic!  This elaborately tricky plot unfurled itself in double time, criss-crossing the globe while filling every inch [...]

Mar 26 2016

MOVIE: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

By | March 26th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Kids, Movies, Science Fiction|2 Comments

As attractive, well-crafted, and convincingly--even compellingly acted as BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE was, I couldn't stop thinking that one good conversation between our superheroes would have cleared the whole thing up. But then it dawned on me-- there would be no movie. Boys will be boys, so this screenplay goes a long way toward ramping [...]

Feb 25 2016

MOVIES: ROOM/45 YEARS/CAROL/THE DANISH GIRL

By | February 25th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Epic & Historical, Movies, Romance, Thriller|3 Comments

THE 2016 OSCARS are upon us and I thought I'd weigh in on a few films I'd been mum on-- in case you were wondering for what and whom to root! ROOM: Nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actress, and Adapted Screenplay is a compactly explosive film about a horrifying situation: a young woman kidnapped, impregnated, and kept prisoner by a sexual predator-- and [...]