Actress Isabelle Huppert is considered an icon in her native France. But it wasn’t until 2016 that most American audiences were introduced to her, with her Golden Globe-winning, Oscar nominated role in the bizarre “Elle”.
'A Madea Family Funeral' Review
After two decades of playing Madea on stage and screen, Tyler Perry is saying goodbye to the iconic character with a final film. — It’s too bad that “A Madea Family Funeral” isn’t the send-off that the unapologetic title character deserves. This is the least inspired installment in the nine entry comedy franchise that’s made a whopping $500 million at the box office.
'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World' Review
THIS is how you end a trilogy. — DreamWorks Animation wraps-up their fourth franchise with “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”. It’s also the studio’s first film under new distribution partner, Universal.
'2019 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films' Review
Here are my takes on this year's five Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films: — “Animal Behaviour” is a Canadian film directed by Alison Snowden and David Fine, who won the Animated Short Oscar in 1995 for “Bob’s Birthday”. “Behaviour” features talking animals in group therapy. It’s a clever concept, though the execution is a little too straightforward. However, enough of the dialogue-based humor and messages work. 3 out of 5 stars.
'The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part' Review
Considering the amazingly effective (live-action) revelation at the end of “The LEGO Movie”, it was going to be tough to construct a sequel that proved the spirit, energy and innocence of the original. I just didn’t think it would be this hard.
'Miss Bala' Review
Last year, “Jane the Virgin” actress Gina Rodriguez spoke out regarding the lack of leading roles for Latinos in studio films. Well, she got her wish for one with “Miss Bala”. But the fact that Sony is burying it on Super Bowl weekend – and that the film just isn’t very good – doesn’t show any real progress being made in the cause.
'Velvet Buzzsaw' Review
“Velvet Buzzsaw” is written and directed by Dan Gilroy, who re-teams with his “Nightcrawler” leading duo Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo. Last time they dove head-first into the world of TV crime reporting. This time they take the art world by storm with a dark, satirical, oddball slasher dramedy.
Steven Knight is a fascinating guy. First he was a TV series writer. Then he co-created a game show. But not just any game show: the original, British version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” Then he started writing screenplays. And then he decided to direct films.