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Sunday, January 13, 2019


Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a struggling attorney and new mother who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination.

Director: Mimi Leder

Cast: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Jack Reynor, Cailee Spaeny, Sam Waterston, and Kathy Bates

Release Date: December 25, 2018

Genres: Biography, Drama 

Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive content

Runtime: 2h 0min


On The Basis of Sex is an engaging if cliched bio pic that is elevated by it's direction and performances. Mimi Leder directs the film with a steady caring hand that treats it's characters with a gentle hand.  Leder moves the film at a steady pace but the film would have been better served focusing on a tighter timeline since it covers a fairly large portion of Ginsburg's life.  At the film's center is Felicity Jones who provides the story it's heart.  Jones turn as Ginsburg captures that intensity and drive that propelled her throughout her early years.  Sure her Brooklyn accent comes and in and out through the film but she does a fine job of carrying the film.  A swoon worthy Armie Hammer is excellent as Ginsburg's loving and ever supportive husband.  The supporting cast is made up of familiar faces along with a rare evil turn from Sam Waterston. There are a few missteps mostly due to the script which over does the schmaltz factor that makes certain sequences feel a bit too "Hollywood" which robs moments of authenticity.  Still it's a solid film enough biopic of an amazing woman who deserves this type of recognition.


Saturday, January 5, 2019


In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

Director: Barry Jenkins

Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Brian Tyree Henry, Regina King

Release Date: December 25, 2018

Genres: Crime, Drama, Romance

Rated R for language and some sexual content 

Runtime: 1h 59 min


If Beale Street Could Talk is a fascinatingly dense film that tackles a bevy of themes while maintaining an incredible style and intimacy.  Barry Jenkins, adapting the book of the same name, delivers a ponderous film that asks for the audience’s patience while the cast unfurls the story.  KiKi Layne leads the film with an impressive performance that starts off full of innocence but slowly transforms over the course of the film.  She’s a capable and likeable lead, her and Stephen James shares believable chemistry together as the lovers whose story is beautifully tragic and real.  Its cinematography creates a sort of cinematic poetry that’s feels authentic even when it’s stylized.  Some might take issue with its methodical pace but ultimately it adds so much to the overall experience and it’s ruminations on race, love, gender politics and a handful of other topics.  



In the early 18th century, England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne, and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing, and Abigail sees a chance to return to her aristocratic roots.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Cast: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith, Mark Gatiss

Release Date: November 23, 2018

Genres: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language.

Runtime: 1h 59 min


At some point during Yorgos Lanthimos cynically funny film, you might get the sensation that you are watching a mash up of Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon and Milo Foreman’s Amadeus.  That’s hardly a bad thing but as the film moves on its genuinely funny script and biting wit take hold, carried ably by the top notch cast.  The three leads share the sort of chemistry that’s rare to find.  It’s instantly recognizable and they make you care about these fairly terrible human beings.  Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz are all in top form with each being given multiple moments to shine.  It’d be criminal not to mention Nicholas Hoult who finds a way to standout in supporting role.  The Favourite is truly a fun ride through and through filled with top notch performance and stellar camera work that’s sure to be iconic as the film ages. 


Friday, January 4, 2019

My Favorite Films from 2018

2018 is done and with it, time to reflect on some of my favorite films of the past years.

First on the docket, films that surprised me for one reason or another;

Pleasant Surprises:

A zombie, British, dramady musical…’s like they made this film just for me….

Anna and The Apocalypse

I’m a diehard Transformers fan since I was a kid but even I knew it was time for Michael Bay to pass the torch, thank God he did.  Travis Knight made my 8 year old self weep with joy….


Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams make for a incredibly fun comedic duo in one of the funniest films of the year…

Game Night

I’d like to say I was expecting this to be great all along, I was very nervous but thankfully it didn’t disappoint…


I’d originally believed this wasn’t anything more than a cash grab.  Honestly, that would have been the easy way out but instead we got a film even more heartfelt and fun than the original…

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

My top 10 Favorite movies of 2018

Now my 10 favorite films from 2018 in no particular order because I’m lazy….

Annihilation is a film that reminded me of classic sci-fi films of yester year, complex and thoughtful….


I’m a Wes Anderson fan through and through but Isle of Dogs just took everything up a notch, a real feast for the eyes…..

Isle of Dogs

I’ve never been a big Marvel fan mainly due the general blandness, Black Panther brought style and substantial representation to the forefront…..

Black Panther

Tom Cruise might kick cute kittens for fun but he sure can make a hellva action movie, he and McQuarrie make for a dream team…

Mission Impossible : Fallout

The Incredibles 2 is the sequel I’ve been waiting for and it didn’t disappoint even after the long layoff……

The Incredibles 2

Paul Feig has been making solid films for a long while now but this comedy thriller really showed off an impressive palette…..

A Simple Favor

Tully is one of those films that came and went with little fanfare but if you haven’t seen this wonderful film, you really should…..


Hereditary, much like Annihilation, reminded me so much of classic horror films from the 60’s and 70’s, leaving you with a truly unsettling sensation….


Roma is a technical marvel but it’s also a film that speaks the hearts and souls of Mexican culture…..


A Star is Born really could have been a disaster but it’s the exact opposite, delivering a moving, touching and heartbreaking experience…..

A Star is Born

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