The 2012 male stripper drama “Magic Mike” made women go crazy for Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey (who actually won an Independent Spirit Award for his performance). Now it’s the ladies’ turn to take center stage with “Hustlers”. Can this movie make men go gaga watching Constance Wu, Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez (who’s receiving Best Supporting Actress buzz) bump and grind as “dancers” just trying to make a living?
'The Goldfinch' Review
Director John Crowley’s follow-up to the lovely, heartbreaking 2015 romance “Brooklyn” is an ambitious one. “The Goldfinch” is based on author Donna Tartt’s nearly 800-page, 2013 novel that won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
'It: Chapter Two' Review
IT’s only been two years (though it feels longer) since the first half of the latest take on Stephen King’s “It” was released. “It Chapter Two” shifts the story ahead 27 years. King and returning director Andy Muschietti certainly aren’t clowning around when it comes to the time jump.
'Angel Has Fallen' Review
Over the past decade, Gerard Butler has been box office poison for just about everything he’s appeared in. The exceptions are the “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Has Fallen” films. Good news! That means 2019 is a banner year for Butler. The third “Dragon” movie came out in February and now the third film in the “Has Fallen” franchise is here.
'Where'd You Go, Bernadette' Review
“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is co-written and directed by Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”). It stars two-time Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett as the title character. And as she did in “Blue Jasmine”, Blanchett sinks herself into a role that’s dark, complex, unsettling and relatable.
'Blinded by the Light' Review
In a movie summer that’s already showcased the music of Elton John and the Beatles, The Boss now gets his shot as headliner. “Blinded by the Light” is inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen and the real-life story of a Pakistani teenager whose life was changed by Springsteen’s songs.
'The Angry Birds Movie 2' Review
If you’re looking for a family-friendly, end of summer treat, “The Angry Birds Movie 2” is your best bet. Sony Pictures Animation sequel to their 2016 hit (based on the mobile game phenomenon) is even more free-spirited and fun than the original.
'Dora and the Lost City of Gold' Review
I did not have high hopes for “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”. The ads/trailers make it out to be a goofy, low-brow, slapstick comedy adventure that tarnishes the popular Nickelodeon show. And turning a beloved cartoon into live-action is always major risk.