“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” Review

Director: Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnston Writer: Ashleigh Powell Starring: Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Debez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman ☆☆☆☆ Can we please stop with the whole this is not your father’s (insert public domain title here) thing? I do not think that this approach has … More “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” Review

Venom Review

Director: Ruben Fleischer Writers: Kelly Marcel, Jeff Pinker, and Scott Rosenberg Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott ★☆☆☆   How does “Venom” connect to Spider-Man? Does “Venom” even connect to Spider-Man? The former question is the one that you enter the theater with, the question that by the end of … More Venom Review

First Man Review

Director: Damien Chazelle Writer: Josh Singer Starring: Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy ★★★★ Damien Chazelle is quickly becoming one of my top two or three directors working today, and quite possibly my favorite young director. “Whiplash” and “La La Land” are two of my favorite movies of this decade, the latter being quite possibly my … More First Man Review

A Star is Born Review

Director: Bradley Cooper Writers: Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, and Will Fetters Starring: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Dave Chappelle, and Sam Elliott ★★★★ Towards the end of “A Star is Born” Sam Elliott describes Jackson’s (the character played by Bradley Cooper) philosophy about music; “12 notes and the octave repeats.” He was saying how music is … More A Star is Born Review

Crazy Rich Asians

  Director: Jon M. Chu Writers: Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim Starring: Constance Wu, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Henry Golding, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, and Michelle Yeoh ★★☆☆ From Jon M. Chu who gave us the cinematic classic “Jem and the Holograms” – a movie that performed so poorly at the box office it was pulled … More Crazy Rich Asians