'12 Strong' Review
At one point in “12 Strong”, Michael Shannon’s character says, “It’s a hell of a thing we do. How do you leave your family and go to war?” It’s an honest, but simplistic line - and that kind of sums up this well-intentioned but all too familiar film.
'Mary and The Witch's Flower' Review
“Mary and The Witch’s Flower” is the latest anime feature from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (“The Secret World of Arrietty”, “When Marnie Was There”). It’s based on the 1971 Children’s novel The Little Broomstick, by late author Mary Stewart. This film adaptation is a fantastical adventure filled with spirit.
'Paddington 2' Review
2014’s “Paddington” was a genuine surprise. The film adaptation of the iconic books about the lovable bear from the jungles of Peru had depth, heart and a fresh filmmaking style from writer/director Paul King. “Paddington 2” is a similar yet very different sequel – that hits nearly all the same marks.
'The Commuter' Review
At 65, Liam Neeson is still kicking ass. — “The Commuter” is Neeson’s latest action/thriller and his fourth collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra. Their previous films involved Neeson dealing with an identity crisis (“Unknown”), an airplane takeover (“Non-Stop”), and a mob boss friend turned enemy (“Run All Night”).
'L.A. to Vegas' Review
The commercials for FOX’s new midseason comedy “L.A. to Vegas” prominently feature Dylan McDermott’s charismatic Captain Dave. He was also in a Funny or Die video giving some tips on how to enjoy Las Vegas. And McDermott even dressed and acted as his character for a recent press junket, in which he promoted the show by “flying” a plane filled with reporters from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
"All the Money in the World"
"All the Money in the World" is based on the true story of the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, the teen grandson of the richest man in the world, J. Paul Getty. The kidnappers (Italian radicals) initially ask for $17 million, but Getty, who lives in his elaborate London mansion, refuses to pay the ransom. He may be a multi-billionaire, but he doesn't spend his cash lightly.
'Pitch Perfect 3' Review
I doubt Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks and the rest of the cast and crew, when they made the original “Pitch Perfect”, were thinking that a comedy about a college A cappella singing group would turn into a viable franchise. The first “Pitch” was a base hit, the second – a double. This third time at bat, however, is pretty much a strike-out.