Dick: Political Satire Holds Up 20 Years Later

Dick, the political satire starring Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams, manages to hold up twenty years after its theatrical release in 1999. The political comedy re-imagines the Watergate scandal through the lens of a pair of high school students.  Not surprisingly, the film opens on the night of the break-in.  On this night, Betsy Jobs (Kirsten Dunst) and Arlene Lorenzo (Michelle Williams) are writing a letter.  The duo hope to win a date with singer…

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Sundance 2019: After The Wedding

After The Wedding features a breakout performance from actress Abby Quinn while exploring how a family reacts following a bombshell announcement. We first meet Isabel (Michelle Williams) where she runs the Home of Living Care orphanage in Calcutta.  She’s hesitant to leave these children but the only way to get funding means having to travel to New York.  It’s been well over twenty years since Isabel last stepped foot in New York City.  While she…

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Stand-alone Venom doesn’t work

Venom has long been considered to be a villain in Spider-Man canon and this is why Venom doesn’t quite work as a stand-alone film. There are various aspects of the film that stay true to the comics.  There are other aspects where the film does its own thing.  True to fashion, Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) was run out of the Daily Globe in New York.  There’s no reference in the film to Peter Parker or Spider-Man…

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I Feel Pretty doesn’t have laughs

In theory, I Feel Pretty should be a movie full of jokes and laughs.  It has anything in a comedy that one wants–a likeable lead with a solid crew of friends–but the script falls remarkably short with not knowing the direction in which to go. Renee Bennett (Amy Schumer) is holding herself back from being that woman who can take charge and control her own destiny.  She works in a basement office far from the Lily…

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All the Money in the World helped by Recasting

Against all odds, All the Money in the World was locked on time prior to the December 22nd release date.  The film was pushed back to December 25th because of a crowded field at the box office leading up to the holiday weekend. Make no mistake, director Ridley Scott was quick to recast actor Kevin Spacey with Oscar winner Christopher Plummer, reshoot scenes with Plummer over the course of nine days, and still get the…

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FIRST LOOK: The Greatest Showman

The first trailer was released yesterday for The Greatest Showman, an upcoming musical due out this December. Directed by Michael Gracey from a screenplay written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon, The Greatest Showman stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya. This is Gracey’s feature debut.  The Australian filmmaker has previously served as a producer and creative designer for Will Young Live in London and worked on the visual effects for…

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