Movie Review: A Rita Moreno Documentary

Movie Review: A Rita Moreno Documentary

Rita Moreno has always been an impressive performer, which is how she’s become an EGOT — a winner of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards. But a new documentary about her life, “Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It,” explains that...
Movie Review: “12 Mighty Orphans”

Movie Review: “12 Mighty Orphans”

If you took every cliché from every underdog sports movie — even if they were based on true stories — and rolled them into one, you’d have “12 Mighty Orphans.” “12 Mighty Orphans” is the story of the Mighty Mites, the football...
Movie Review: “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”

Movie Review: “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”

Four years ago, the chemistry of Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson was enough to lift “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” above the usual action movie pablum (read my full review here). But the few scenes with Salma Hayek as Jackson’s wife elevated it...
Movie Review: “In The Heights”

Movie Review: “In The Heights”

A few years before he set a new standard for a smash hit on Broadway with “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda had another successful show. “In The Heights” ran for three years and won the Tony for Best Musical. Now it has come to the big (and small)...
Charles Grodin

Charles Grodin

I regret never having the opportunity to interview Charles Grodin, who succumbed to bone marrow cancer yesterday at 86. I can’t think of an actor who played deadpan on screen better. Just go back and watch his delivery and demeanor in Albert Brooks’...
Movie Review: “Those Who Wish Me Dead”

Movie Review: “Those Who Wish Me Dead”

It has been a while since Angelina Jolie starred in a good action movie — probably since “Salt” in 2010 — but she’s back in form in “Those Who Wish Me Dead.” The movie begins with two assassins blowing up the house of a...