Reclining With A Warm Butt

Both of the big movie chains in St. Louis (Marcus and AMC) have replaced most of their seats with recliners, no doubt in an effort to lure us out of the comfort of our home viewing environment and into theirs. The change means fewer rows, and thus fewer seats, but...

Movie Review: “Incredibles 2”

In 2004, Pixar was on a hot streak, having released five computer-animated classics in eight years ("Toy Story," "A Bug's Life," "Toy Story 2," "Monsters Inc.," and "Finding Nemo"). Then came the studio's first movie to star human characters, "The Incredibles." Like...

Movie Review: “Tag”

In January, 2013, Russell Adams wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal about ten friends who played tag. What made this game different is that it had been going on since they’d been classmates at a prep school in Spokane, Washington, three decades earlier. In March...

TV Review: “Mercury 13”

When the movie "Hidden Figures" came out a year and a half ago, I wrote about how much I enjoyed it, but how upset I was that we'd never been taught an important piece of NASA history -- the role of African-American women in getting us into space. Now I'm even more...

Movie Review: “Oceans 8”

Part of the bargain we make while watching movies about a heist or a con is that we're willing to root for criminals. Whether they're out for revenge ("The Sting") or merely a big score ("Kelly's Heroes"), if the lead characters are likable enough, we want to see them...

Movie Review: “Hotel Artemis”

In the "John Wick" movies, Keanu Reeves' title character is a hitman who's a member of an international organization of criminals. In order to remain members (and alive), they have all agreed to follow a set of rules, including not killing or fighting each other in...

“Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”

In October, I interviewed Sam Pollard about his Sammy Davis Jr. documentary "I've Gotta Be Me" before it screened at the St. Louis International Film Festival (you can listen to that conversation here). Unfortunately, I couldn't go that night, but wrote about how...

Movie Review: “First Reformed”

In "First Reformed," Ethan Hawke plays Ernst Toller, a former military chaplain still grieving the loss of his son in the Iraq war. Toller is now the minister of the titular church in upstate New York that's more popular with tourists -- who come to hear about its...

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