Movie You Might Not Know: “3 Identical Strangers”

"Three Identical Strangers" is my favorite documentary of 2018, so I've added it to my Movies You Might Not Know list. It's the story of triplets born in New York in 1961 who were separated when they were six months old and adopted by a blue collar family, a middle...

Ever Walk Out Of A Movie?

Melissa e-mails: "I know you see a lot of movies. Have you ever hated one so much that you walked out in the middle?" Not for a very long time, but I do remember two occasions where I couldn't take it -- and both times, I had hosted the premieres of those movies! The...

Movie Review: “The Hate U Give”

Starr Carter lives two lives. By day, she's a student at an upscale private high school, one of the few black kids, with a peer group that's all white, including her boyfriend. By night, she's part of a working-class black community in Garden Heights, where she lives...

Movie Review: “The Old Man and the Gun”

What is it about bank robbers that makes us root for them in movies? From "Bonnie and Clyde" to "Inside Man" to "The Town" to "Bandits" to "Out Of Sight" to "Going In Style" (the original, not the horrid remake), we find ourselves charmed by the armed thieves. "The...

Movie Review: “Bad Times At The El Royale”

It sounds like the setup to a joke: a priest, a vacuum salesman, and a singer walk into a motel. But what happens over the next two hours is no joke -- it's a helluva story, thanks to writer/director/producer Drew Goddard. Unfortunately, there's not much I can tell...

Movie Review: “First Man”

Stoicism is not entertaining. Watching a man quietly endure pain from the deaths of his young daughter and several of his colleagues does not make for a feel-good movie. Yet that's what you get from Damien Chazelle's "First Man," a biopic about Neil Armstrong, the...

Movie Review: “A Star Is Born”

I had two big questions going into the new version of "A Star Is Born." First, can Bradley Cooper sing? Second, is Lady Gaga a movie star? I'm happy to say the answer to both is yes. Cooper is Jackson Maine, an alt-country star with problems. He's losing his hearing,...

Movie Review: “All About Nina”

With all the standup comedy specials populating Netflix these days, you'd think someone in Hollywood would study them to figure out how to do a movie about comedians. I don't mean putting several of them on stage and filming them a la "The Original Kings Of Comedy." I...

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