Movie Review: “I Feel Pretty”

To say Renee Bennett has low self-esteem is to say that the Pacific Ocean is kinda wet. Renee, Amy Schumer's character in "I Feel Pretty," has serious body-image issues -- until she falls off a bike at a Soul Cycle class, hits her head, and wakes up believing she's...

Movie Review: “Lean On Pete”

"Lean On Pete" is the story of 15-year-old Charley, played by Charlie Plummer, fresh off his performance as the kidnapped Getty heir in "All The Money In The World." Charley comes from a poor family, with a dad who doesn't seem to care that he's barely raising his kid...

Another Movie You Might Not Know

I first noticed John Hawkes opposite Jennifer Lawrence in 2010's "Winter's Bone," in which he matched her intensity scene-for-scene. He also played Frances McDormand's ex-husband last year in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." In between, Hawkes has had...

Movie Review: “Flower”

I first spotted Zoey Deutch in "Why Him," the raunchy 2016 comedy in which she played the college-age daughter of Bryan Cranston and Megan Mulally who was dating tech billionaire James Franco. Unfortunately, Deutch wasn't given much to do in that movie. Now she's the...

Movie Review: “The Death Of Stalin”

The death of a world leader is an odd subject for a comedy, particularly when the man in question was a brutal dictator who ran his country with an iron fist. But that's what Armando Iannucci, who also created the HBO series "Veep," gives us with "The Death Of...

Movie Review: “Gringo”

David Oyelowo has proven his dramatic chops in "Selma," "A United Kingdom," and "Queen of Katwe." Now he shows some of his lighter side in the dark comedy thriller, "Gringo."Oyelowo plays Harold, a middle-manager for a pharmaceutical company run by his friend Richard...

A Monologue With Spirit

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney absolutely crushed it as hosts of last night's Spirit Awards, a ceremony always held the day before the Oscars to honor people who make independent movies. Their opening monologue had me laughing out loud, with some very clever stuff about...

Movie Review: “Red Sparrow”

Well, the Russians are back -- not just in news about corrupting our elections and social media, but as movie villains, too. "Red Sparrow" plays like an old Cold War movie, full of spies and secrets and seduction. Jennifer Lawrence stars as a prima ballerina with the...

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