Movie Review: “Shaft”

Movie Review: “Shaft”

There have been five Shaft movies, three of them named simply “Shaft.” The latest isn’t a reboot, but a continuation of the John Singleton-directed version from 2000, which starred Samuel L. Jackson as the black private dick who’s a sex machine...
Movie Review: “Late Night”

Movie Review: “Late Night”

Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is the long-running star of a network late night show, the only woman in that position, but she hasn’t done much for others of her gender along the way. She also has a reputation as a bit of a tyrant (echoes of Meryl...
Movie Review: “Echo In The Canyon”

Movie Review: “Echo In The Canyon”

From 1965 to 1967, an extraordinary collection of musicians and songwriters lived near each other in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles: Brian Wilson, Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, and more. They spent a lot of time visiting and hanging out in...
Movie Review: “Always Be My Maybe”

Movie Review: “Always Be My Maybe”

Ali Wong made a big splash a couple of years ago with her Netflix standup special, “Baby Cobra,” which she recorded while eight months pregnant. Last year, she was back with another hour-long solo show, “Hard Knock Wife,” performed while...
Movie Review: “Rocketman”

Movie Review: “Rocketman”

It’s inevitable that the Elton John movie “Rocketman” will be compared to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Both are based on the true stories of extremely talented rock stars who were male, gay, flamboyant, lonely, and massively popular. In the case...
Movie Review: “Booksmart”

Movie Review: “Booksmart”

Molly and Amy have spent their entire time in high school concentrating on two things: academics and each other. But on their last day of classes, from a stall in the bathroom, Molly — senior class president and valedictorian — overhears some other kids...