Equalizer 2: More Equalizing

It’s surprising that Equalizer 2 is the first sequel in which Denzel Washington revisits any of his previous roles.  The fact that this hasn’t happened already is astonishing in its own right. It bares noting that I went into the sequel’s screening without having watched the original 2014 film.  Let me tell you from the get go, I don’t recommend seeing sequels without their predecessor.  It won’t be the first time nor will it be…

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Drop Dead Gorgeous is Campy, Hysterical

While there are some things in the film that haven’t aged well, Drop Dead Gorgeous is still able to offer up a ton of laughs in the dark comedy. A short video introduces us to the Sarah Rose American Teen Princess Pageant hosted by Batman himself, Adam West.  The video may not exactly set up the tone for what we’re going to expect but we’re in for a treat.  Once those accents start up, we know we’re…

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Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again Is A Fun Time

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! takes us back to the Greek island of Kalokairi for a fun musical journey through time between past and present. If there is one thing that Ol Parker learned from the first film, it’s a little bit of Pierce Brosnan singing goes a long way.  Brosnan was heavily criticized for his singing in the first film and rightfully so.  This time around, something is different.  Brosnan’s singing is more or…

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The King: Elvis Presley’s Life as An American Dream

Writer-director Eugene Jarecki uses journey of Elvis Presley in The King as a way of showing us the rise and fall of the American Dream. It’s an interesting premise.  The King isn’t an outright documentary of Elvis Presley.  There are clips of Elvis as the singer was making his rise.  We get a number of celebrities discussing Elvis while riding in his car.  The film traces us through some of Presley’s locations.  At the center…

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Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot is carried largely on the heels of actor Joaquin Phoenix. The new film from writer-director Gus Van Sant tells the story of Portland cartoonist John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix).  The way the film tells Callahan’s story is alright but it could certainly have been improved.  One moment, we’ll see him addressing a huge crowd.  The next minute, he’s walking or bedridden in a hospital.  I wouldn’t have minded…

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Blindspotting Shines Light On Representation

Blindspotting is one of those films in which one knows that they are watching something magical take place and that’s the beauty of the Sundance Film Festival. The colorful film is the product of two friends who both share the same hometown and, as tends to be the case with many indie films, the road has been quite a few years in the making. Carlos López Estrada directs the film from a screenplay written by Rafael…

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Ghostbusters: Answer the Call

Starring four of the funniest women on earth, Ghostbusters: Answer the Call honors the spirit of the 1984 classic film. While it would have been nice to have seen the likes of Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, and Winston Zeddemore pass the baton to a new generation, Harold Ramis’ death in 2014 would forever change the face of the franchise.  Never mind just how hard it is getting Bill Murray to sign on board for anything.  With that out…

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The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine: A Watershed Achievement

A recently restored 4K restoration of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine with full 5.1 Dolby sound has made its way into theaters and it’s absolutely perfect. Yellow Submarine introduces us to a paradise known as Pepperland.  Pepperland is located some 80,000 leagues under the sea.  There may not be an Octopus’ Garden but music is king in Pepperland. When the Blue Meanies start to attack, Lord Mayor tells Old Fred to take the Yellow Submarine and find…

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Eighth Grade captures Spirit, Awkwardness

Eighth Grade is a film that perfectly captures the spirit and awkwardness of being a student in the final year of middle school. Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher) may be close to starting high school but before doing so, she must survive the end of eighth grade.  It’s not easy for the smartphone-obsessed teenager.  Even though she has a YouTube channel where she offers advice to others, she’s not the perfect person when it comes to applying…

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Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind

It was a sad day when we lost legendary comedian Robin Williams but a new HBO documentary, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, tells his story in his own words. Williams got his start during the 1970s comedy scene in Los Angeles.  This led to various television appearances in the 1970s.  None of those appearances were more notable than the time that he made his first appearance as Mork on Happy Days.  The two-episode appearance…

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