Category Archives: Monday Morning Movie Reviewer

Movie Reviews: “Hostiles,” “All the Money in the World,” “Molly’s Game,” “Phantom Thread”

Hostiles…This Scott Cooper-directed Western is certainly better than his overrated last film “Out of the Furnace,” but perhaps not the second-coming of “Unforgiven” many viewers (like this one) may be hoping for. After a violent opening scene in which most of Rosamund Pike’s family is slaughtered, we soon settle into a slower rhythm in which… Read More »

Quick Documentary Reviews: “Obey Giant,” “Too Funny to Fail,” “A Gray State,” “The Farthest”

Four different documentaries about creators… Obey Giant…Shepard Fairey is a street artist I hadn’t heard of much before his iconic Obama “HOPE!” poster, and this is a quick bibliography of his most famous works and a little context for them. It’ll tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Fairey, and is perhaps necessary… Read More »

Quick Reviews: Detroit, Bushwick, Stronger, American Assassin, Lady Macbeth, Ingrid Goes West, The Glass Castle

7 films of wildly varying quality that you can now pick up on DVD and in “Bushwick”‘s case stream on Netflix… Bushwick…A director’s triumph as most of this pivotal event (in which Bushwick is invaded by mysterious black-clad soldiers) unfolds in flowing, technically-astounding long takes. Anyone who enjoyed the climax of “Children of Men” or… Read More »

Movie Reviews: “Bright,” “The Darkest Hour,” “The Greatest Showman,” “Just Getting Started”

Some honest-to-God current movie reviews on Alabama Liberal. Will wonders never cease?… Bright…I’m increasingly unsure what to do with Netflix movies, since I’m starting to feel like the fact that they’re basically free (included with subscriptions) and convenient (I did not wear clothes while watching this movie) is really affecting my grading system. Am I so happy… Read More »

Quick Reviews: “A Ghost Story,” “Personal Shopper,” “Boomtown,” “Trumped,” “American Jihad”

Some very depressing films about ghosts, hard times in rural America, American-born Jihadists, and—scariest of all—Trump’s “surprise” election to the White House, which looks a bit more like a nightmare every day…[On the wish list of all Trump’s supposed down and out, blue collar voters probably wasn’t “Gee, I hope he ends net neutrality so… Read More »

Movie Review: Is “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” a Subtly Regressive Movie?

“Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to.”–That the major villain of this movie (referring to both the Jedi and the Sith) says this is actually coded language against the small minority of viewers that would probably rather see something original than one more “greatest hits” version of 1978’s original “Stars Wars,” the surprise smash… Read More »

Movie Reviews: “Justice League,” “Roman J. Israel,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Three big theater offerings that may disappoint more than thrill… Justice League…A week after watching this movie, you may ask yourself: “Who is the villain in this movie?” “What exactly are Aquaman’s powers and how does talking to fish help him defeat aliens?” “Why did Ben Affleck look so over this?” “Why did Superman look… Read More »

Quick Reviews: “The Hero” “Little Hours” “Band-Aid” “Maudie” “Columbus” “Whose Streets” “Norman”

Some final reviews of indie character studies (some are gems, others not) before delving into films currently in theaters that more people care about… The Hero…In a just world, the great Sam Elliot would be a serious Best Actor contender for what is some of his finest screen work here. In the world we live… Read More »

Documentary Reviews: “Score,” “Saving Capitalism,” “Citizen Jane,” “Eagle Huntress,” “The Great Beyond”

Some quick documentary reviews before getting to films currently in theaters… Score…If you’ve ever been interested in movies about a film’s musical composition, this may be of interest to you. However, I wish they’d spent a little more time getting into the details of film composition. It’s more a cliff-notes history of famous film scores… Read More »

Quick Reviews: “Spider-Man” “War for Planet of the Apes” “Pirates 5” “Kidnap” “Dark Tower”

Five summer “blockbusters” that—“War for the Planet of the Apes” excluded—really weren’t even trying to be stimulate the mind, but in the case of one that isn’t necessarily a bad thing… Spider-Man: Homecoming…Michael Keaton’s villain has “it” all over tween Spider-Man (Tom Holland, looking about 12) and his creepy uncle Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.… Read More »