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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Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary is Nostalgic

Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary is the perfect way to offer closure to the series should there never be a reboot.  I said as much on Twitter during the world premiere at Tribeca in April. In just over an hour, Brent Hodge manages to reunite the cast and crew of Freaks and Geeks by way of contemporary interviews while revisiting the set of the 1999-2000 series.  As the series did so on September 25, 1999,…

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Skyscraper: A Nerve-Inducing Thriller

Whether or not you believe that Dwayne Johnson can save the day, Skyscraper will have the audience on the edge of their seat. A brief prologue introduces us to Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) when he was a FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader.  We’re taken to the snowy cold of Ash Lake, Minn. where a a hostage situation is underway.  One moment in time paves way for what happens in the future.  We get a glimpse…

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