How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World

How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World is the rare third film that makes for a fitting conclusion by ending the series on a high note. It’s very rare in which I find myself wanting to cry at the end of a trilogy.  This isn’t so much because I know it’s going to be the end of an era but more so because of how the final scenes are scripted.  The series has…

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Rendezvous in Chicago: Quite the Ensemble

Michael Glover Smith’s Rendezvous in Chicago has quite the ensemble put together while showing off the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. There’s more to life than just New York and Los Angeles.  It feels like very few studio films have been able to showcase the city of Chicago like it deserves.  This is where indie filmmakers such as Michael Glover Smith are able to step up to the plate.  Smith finds a way to focus on the…

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Pinsky: A Comedy Full of Family Drama

Any LGBTQ Jew is going to relate to Pinsky if they have an estranged relationship with a grandparent as a result of coming out. Just like anyone in the LGBTQ Jewish community, this is a film in which I can fully relate to the lead character of Sofia Pinsky.  Sofia has an estranged relationship with her grandmother as a result of coming out.  When the film starts, it had been some three years since the…

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Primary Colors Really Goes For The Satire

Make no mistake that Primary Colors is a satire but the film’s events are rather uncanny when it comes to similarities with the 1992 Bill Clinton campaign. Henry Burton (Adrian Lester) signs on to manage the presidential campaign for Arkansas Governor Jack Stanton (John Travolta).  Stanton has this charismatic attitude about the way he walks and talks.  You can’t help but like the guy and want him to win!  Stanton already has a strong team…

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Lincoln: A Film Worthy of President Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln works as well as it does because the Abraham Lincoln biopic chooses to focus on the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. Steven Spielberg is one of America’s greatest directors.  As such it makes perfect sense for Spielberg to direct a biopic of one of the nation’s greatest presidents.  While Tony Kushner’s script could very well focus on Lincoln’s entire life, it would just be too much for one film.  Instead, we get a focus…

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Presidents’ Day: Movies To Revisit

Today is Presidents’ Day and there is no better way than to celebrate some of our favorite presidents to have graced the big screen in film. There’s a few films that stand out to me and while some of these haven’t been reviewed on Solzy at the Movies, the day is coming! Dave (1993) I saw this film last year during a 25th anniversary screening in 35mm at the historic Music Box Theatre in Chicago. …

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2019 Writers Guild Awards Winners: The Writers Have Spoken

The Writers Guild Awards took place this evening in NY and LA with big wins going to Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Eighth Grade. The Writers differs from that of the Academy in that they have stricter rules than the Oscars.  Put it this way:  A screenplay could sweep the boards with critical acclaim and miss out on a Writers Guild nomination.  In a perfect world, Bo Burnham would have a a chance to repeat…

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Kim Possible works in Live-Action

Not every animated series or film works in live-action but I feel that Kim Possible was able to pull it off in the newest Disney Channel Original Movie. A quick prologue–serving as a glorified cameo for Professor Dementor (Patton Oswalt)–sees Kim Possible (Sadie Stanley) in action alongside sidekick Ron Stoppable (Sean Giambrone).  The duo are aided by tech genius Wade (Issac Ryan Brown).  This takes place shortly before the duo enter the freshmen class at Middleton…

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Don Cheadle’s shirt on SNL: Protect Trans Kids

Avengers and Black Monday star Don Cheadle wore a “Protect Trans Kids” shirt on Saturday Night Live this weekend before introducing Gary Clark, Jr. Being a transgender woman who moved to Chicago for improv and has friends working on SNL, Don Cheadle’s shirt made my night.  This isn’t the first time in which someone used their platform for transgender rights.  Most recently, Cecily Strong did so when Scarlett Johansson hosted the show back on March…

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Slamdance 2019: The Vast of Night Interview

Actors Jake Horowitz and Sierra McCormick joined producer Adam Dietrich in speaking with Solzy at the Movies about The Vast of Night at Slamdance. Unfortunately, director Andrew Patterson was not feeling well on the Sunday afternoon in which this interview took place.  As such, producer Adam Dietrich took his place four days after his wife gave birth to their new child. The Vast of Night was truly the gem of the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival. …

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