All These Small Moments: A Coming-Of-Age Story

Led by an impressive cast, All These Small Moments is a coming-of-age story that marks the directorial debut of Melissa Miller Costanzo. Howie Sheffield (Brendan Meyer) doesn’t have the best family life at the moment.  His parents, Tom (Brian d’Arcy James) and Carla (Molly Ringwald), are either headed towards a separation or divorce if they can’t get it together.  The fighting is so bad that Tom has been relegated to sleeping on the couch.  As…

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Adult Life Skills: Jodie Whittaker is Very Impressive

Rachel Tunnard’s feature debut, Adult Life Skills, showcases an impressive performance from Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker. We’re introduced to the stubborn Anna (Jodie Whitaker), shy of her 30th birthday, and living in her mother’s garden shed.  Shed puns!  I suppose the shed is better than living in the basement.  Anyway, she makes videos starring her thumbs. Whatever makes you happy, I guess.  She doesn’t make these videos for anyone else but herself.  We quickly…

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Who Will Write Our History: The Oyneg Shabes Story

Who Will Write Our History tells the courageous but mostly unknown story of a covert group known as Oyneg Shabes and how they vowed to defeat the Nazis with pen and paper. When we first meet Rachel Auerbach (Jowita Budnik, voiced by Joan Allen), she’s headed to on a train to Warsaw in 1946.  This is three years after the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising that took place in April 1943.  While the war had been over…

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An Acceptable Loss: A Political Thriller

Headlined by shining performances from Tika Sumpter and Ben Tavassoli, An Acceptable Loss is full of political thrills in the Chicago-set thriller. A brief prologue introduces us to former US national security advisor, Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Lamm (Tika Sumpter), and her boss, then-Vice President Rachel Burke (Jamie Lee Curtis).  While watching the film, we learn that Lamm authored the controversial and “commission-proof” Burke Doctrine.  It’s because of this that Lamm decides to step away from her position. …

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A Dog’s Way Home: Please Bring A Kleenex

While the dog doesn’t die in A Dog’s Way Home, you’ll want to bring along some Kleenex for all of the emotional moments in this film. If you’re a dog owner, you already know about the unconditional bond of love with your four-legged friend.  They come running to the door as soon as you come home because you mean so much to them.  We care about them so much that it hurts when we have…

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Perfectos Desconocidos: Secrets Get Revealed

At first glance, Perfectos Desconocidos (Perfect Strangers) is a gathering of friends for a dinner party but things soon get very intense. The film starts out with friends gathered around in the home of Eva (Cecilia Suárez) and Antonio (Bruno Bichir).  Nothing is out of the ordinary for this group of friends aside from a lunar eclipse.  As friends continue to arrive, things don’t really get started until Pepe (Franky Martin) arrives.  While everyone was looking…

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The Upside Squanders So Much Potential

Despite the best efforts of Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, The Upside squanders so much potential during a film that is otherwise a laugh riot. Phillip Lacasse (Bryan Cranston)–based on Phillippe Pozzo Di Borgo–is a quadriplegic billionaire as a result of a paragliding accident.  Dell Scott (Kevin Hart) is an ex-convict in need of a job.  In need of a signature to take to his parole officer, Dell’s attitude impresses Phillip to the point that he…

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Sgt. Will Gardner: American Veterans Need Our Help

Sgt. Will Gardner tells the story of an Iraq War veteran and shows the effects that traumatic brain injuries have on America’s returning veterans. Writer-director Max Martini is known for portraying a number of military roles on screen.  Maybe it’s because of taking on those roles but it’s admirable for the actor to bring the troubles facing American veterans to the screen.  After all, thousands of American veterans can be found along many streets and…

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When Harry Met Sally…: The Perfect Rom-Com

When Harry Met Sally… still holds up as one of the greatest romantic comedies as the Rob Reiner/Nora Ephron film celebrates the 30th anniversary in 2019. The film starts at the University of Chicago in 1977 when Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) leave for New York.  At the time, Harry is dating Sally’s best friend, Amanda.  This trip to New York consists of their views when it came to relationships.  Being…

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Stan and Ollie: Laurel and Hardy Come To Life

Legendary comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy come to life in Stan and Ollie as the film wisely centers on a narrow period of time. When people discuss biopics, they’re either praiseworthy or critical.  Most of this is because films will sometimes cover such a long period.  Playing the long game is never the best way to go about it.  Jeff Pope’s screenplay wisely doesn’t go in that direction.  There’s a quick cold open…

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