Category Archives: Monday Morning Movie Reviewer

Quick Reviews: “Fahrenheit 11/9,” “House with a Clock in Its Walls,” “You Were Never There,” “Endless,” “RBG,” “Angel,” “Revenge,” “Rider,” “Resistance Banker,” “Venom”

Fahrenheit 11/9…Michael Moore’s confused agitprop wasn’t half the film “Fahrenheit 911” was–either critically or commercially, and it’s because Moore isn’t really making a film about Trump. Long sections of this film seem like Moore actually set out to make a documentary about the Flint Michigan water crisis (an environmental scandal that could also be considered a slow-moving… Read More »

Quick Reviews: “Sisters Brothers,” “Simple Plan,” “Predator,” “Nun,” “Peppermint,” “White Boy Rick” “Jurassic World 2” “Uncle Drew” “Damascus Cover” “Gemini”

The Sisters Brothers…A twisty Western that keeps going in directions you wouldn’t expect. For some, that may be a bit disappointing at first, but this is a film that grows the more I think about it. I found myself slightly underwhelmed while watching it, but enjoying it more fondly days and even weeks later. For… Read More »

“Eighth Grade,” “Juliet Naked,” “Searching,” “Mission Impossible 6,” “Sorry to Bother You,” “Blindspotting,” “Kin,” “Mile 22,” “3 Identical Strangers,” “Christopher Robin”

Some more new movies to talk about, most of which are actually good… Eighth Grade…One of the absolute best films of 2018. Hilarious, moving, and so realistic (in a way few “slice of life” indies truly are) some scenes are hard to watch since it could easily be a documentary. Elsie Fisher deserves a Best… Read More »

TON of Reviews: “Operation Finale,” “The Meg,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Happytime Murders,” “Mamma Mia 2,” “Teen Titans,” “Alpha,” “Equalizer 2,” “Darkest Minds,” “McQueen”

So many reviews, so little interest…Why not combine about 10 August movies into one super-review? The Meg…A film designed to make “The Shallows” or “47 Meters Down” look like masterpieces. I actually enjoy a good shark movie during the Summertime (both of the aforementioned got positive reviews from this critic), but “The Meg” isn’t even… Read More »

TON of Movie Reviews–“Cargo,” “Generation Wealth,” “Dog Days,” “Black Klansman,” “Ant Man 2,” “Puzzle,” “Spy Who Dumped Me” “Tau,” “Papillion,” “The Wife”

A bunch of random movie reviews that have nothing in common except I watched them all recently. Hey, I’ve got to post two months worth of movie reviews in a day, so things might get a little condensed… Cargo…An atypically low-key, emotional zombie film in which Martin Freeman (recently bitten) has to find someone to… Read More »

Movie Reviews: “7 Days in Entebbe,” “Set it Up,” “Truth or Dare,” “Peter Rabbit,” “Midnight Sun,” “Love, Simon,” “Pacific Rim 2,” “I Can Only Imagine,” “Extinction,” “Sherlock Gnomes”

Sometimes a movie (or 8) falls through the cracks, here now to pick it up… 7 Days in Entebbe…Home viewing is probably ideal for this smart hostage drama about Israel’s real-life attempt to rescue a plane that had been seized (by Palestinians and two German leftist-radicals who are a little too oblivious to their own… Read More »

Movie Review: “Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado” is Worthy of Your 4th of July Dollars

Another winner from screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (writer of not only the first “Sicario” but the best film of 2016 “Hell or High Water,” and writer-director of last year’s great “Wind River”) who at this point seems to do no wrong. While critics have been surprisingly harsh on this worthy sequel, fans will likely enjoy it–and… Read More »

Movie Review: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” aka the Mr. Rogers Documentary

“The Mr. Rogers Documentary” might’ve been a better–albeit more artless–title for this stirring, roundly-acclaimed film since that’s pretty much how I have to describe it to people. [Just try telling people you’ve seen “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” and after a few seconds of taking in their confusion, you’ll see the awareness flood onto their… Read More »

Movie Reviews: “Hearts Beat Loud,” “Tag,” “American Animals”

Three films that pretty much have nothing in common except they’re all about different men assembling a team for an unusual project–whether it’s making a CD with your daughter, playing the same game of tag for thirty years, or stealing rare books from a college campus… Hearts Beat Loud…Nick Offerman plays an ex-musician and struggling… Read More »

HBO Documentaries: “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “The Final Year”

Two great documentaries that most political junkies will probably love. Although the subject matter is fairly different (for political docs), there are some overlaps in that both are about honorable civil servants trying–and mostly failing–to do the right thing in the face of a rising wave of political ignorance and hostility. The Final Year…This documentary… Read More »