The Proposal: Betty White Steals The Show

The Proposal plays to the familiar rom-com beats but next to Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, the late Betty White steals the show. The irony of The Proposal is that Sandra Bullock is an American native while Ryan Reynolds is a Canadian native. In the film, Reynolds plays the American while Bullock is a Canadian with an expired visa. Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) is the executive editor-in-chief of a major publishing house. However, nobody likes…

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Red Notice: A Stylish Throwback Globe-Trotting Affair

Red Notice, the stylish globe-trotting affair starring Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot, is a throwback that lives up to the hype. The less you know going into Red Notice, the better. Discussing any bit of the plot would take us into spoiler territory and nobody wants that. What I can definitely tell you is that this film is the best of the three collaborations between filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber and actor Dwayne Johnson.…

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Free Guy Arrives on Home Video

The long-delayed Free Guy offers audiences a rocking good time as the Shawn Levy-directed film starring Ryan Reynolds arrives home. I’m a fan of Shawn Levy and will see anything that he directs. Ryan Reynolds turns in another solid Ryan Reynolds performance that only Ryan Reynolds can do. Listen, there are other actors but Ryan Reynolds is Guy. He’s got the charming humor required to pull off the performance. There aren’t many other actors who…

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Sarah Silverman Talks Casting Non-Jews As Jews

In her recent podcast, Sarah Silverman commented about the recent casting of Kathryn Hahn as the late Jewish comedian Joan Rivers. Speaking on her podcast, the comedian remarked: “There’s this long tradition of non-Jews playing Jews, and not just playing people who happen to be Jewish, but people whose Jewishness is their whole being. One could argue, for instance, that a gentile playing Joan Rivers correctly would be doing what is actually called ‘Jewface.’” Silverman…

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Free Guy Is A Rocking Good Time

The long-delayed Free Guy offers audiences a rocking good time as the Shawn Levy-directed film starring Ryan Reynolds hits the big screen. I’m a fan of Shawn Levy and will see anything that he directs. Ryan Reynolds turns in another solid Ryan Reynolds performance that only Ryan Reynolds can do. Listen, there are other actors but Ryan Reynolds is Guy. He’s got the charming humor required to pull off the performance. There aren’t many other…

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Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Offers More Of The Same

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard features solid chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson but the sequel offers more of the same. As action movies go, bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) are the last two people you would think of when it comes to a team-up. And yet, here we are watching them go at it…again. It’s funny though. Bryce wanted nothing more than to just go to Italy…

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Woman in Gold: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Maria Altmann’s remarkable true story of recovering stolen artwork from the Austrian government manages to get justice in Woman in Gold. I found myself watching the film again during Tisha B’Av during a double header with Stanley Kramer’s Judgment in Nuremberg.  Despite the fact that the Weinstein name is attached, please do not let that stop you from watching this film.  Maria Altmann’s (Helen Mirren) story is but one of many Holocaust stories out there. …

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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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Pokémon Detective Pikachu for Die-Hard Fans

Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a film that will most likely appeal to fans of Ryan Reynolds or Pokémon but there’s not much else otherwise. When Ryme City police detective Harry Goodman goes missing, his son, Tim (Justice Smith), decides to look into his disappearance.  He’s soon finds Harry’s Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds), lending a helping hand in the investigation.  Pikachu’s vibe is Deadpool-esque but it’s toned down for a younger audience.  There’s quite a few things…

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Deadpool 2: A Wildly Entertaining Ride

Led by Ryan Reynolds as the Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool 2 is a wildly entertaining ride that ups the stakes after 2016’s hit predecessor. David Leitch takes over the director’s chair for Tim Miller but it is as if nothing has changed.  The screenplay is full of pop culture opportunities to joke about.  Honestly, it may be even more meta than the earlier film.  The jokes are all over the place. Jokes references include Deadpool‘s…

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