I Love My Dad Will Make Your Stomach Hurt

I Love My Dad goes full cringe comedy and your stomach will be hurting from laughing throughout the 90-minute comedy. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that nothing came from the Oscar-winning Ratatouille. Because of his Ratatouille bucks, Patton Oswalt made this film one of his first as a producer. Unless the comedian was joking about this during the Q&A back in May… Writer-director-star James Morosini delivers a solid comedy while drawing on his own…

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You Can’t Take It With You

You Can’t Take It With You, an adaptation of the George S. Kauffman and Moss Hart play, is one of Frank Capra’s best films. The gist of the film is that Tony Kirby (James Stewart) works at his family’s bank. His father, Anthony P. Kirby (Edward Arnold), is returning from Washington, DC with plans for a government-sanctioned munitions monopoly. Grandpa Martin Vanderhof (Lionel Barrymore) is the only person standing in the way of building his…

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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town: A Social Satire

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is an Oscar-winning screwball comedy and satire about a humble man who inherits millions of dollars. “But, in the opinion of the court, you are not only sane but you’re the sanest man that ever walked into this courtroom.” – Judge May Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper) is a humble man living in Mandrake Falls, Vermont during the Great Depression. You would think that his life would change drastically upon inheriting…

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Bullet Train Is A Fun Thrill-Ride

Bullet Train offers both fun and thrills from start to finish in an action film that brings an international cast along for the ride. Do not get up immediately at the start of the credits. There is a mid-credit scene! This is the only scene during the end credits. One thing to appreciate about the credits is that the entire orchestra is there. It is not that common for the orchestra players to appear in…

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Speedway: A Formulaic Elvis Movie

Speedway is a formulaic Elvis Presley film that came at the point in his Hollywood career just before he turned his attention to the stage. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? The problem with this film is that Elvis was staying way too close to the formula that worked for him. He wasn’t really taking any risks with his film career. Four more feature films would follow before going back to the stage.…

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Viva Las Vegas: One of Elvis’s Finest Films

Viva Las Vegas features solid chemistry between stars Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret in the 1964 Las Vegas-set musical. The gist of the film is that Lucky Jackson (Elvis Presley) heads to Las Vegas for the city’s first ever Grand Prix Race. Unfortunately, his race car needs a new engine otherwise he can kiss the race goodbye. He’s able to raise the money but  unfortunately, he loses it when Rusty Martin (Ann-Margret) shoves him into a…

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Elvis: That’s the Way It Is

Elvis: That’s the Way It Is is a documentary about the Elvis Summer Festival at the International Hotel in Las Vegas in August 1970. After years of watching Elvis Presley starring in narrative features, this film offered his fans a breath of fresh air. It’s a documentary that includes footage from rehearsals and six shows. But really, it’s a concert film especially with the changes made for 2001’s special edition. If you’ve never experienced any…

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This Is Elvis Kicks Off TCM Summer Under The Stars

This Is Elvis kicks off the Summer Under The Stars as TCM celebrates a different star every day during the month of August. Kicking off the month with Elvis is a perfect way to also celebrate next week’s HBO Max launch of this summer’s Elvis biopic (Note: a publicist mentioned the HBO Max launch date in an email but it’s not listed anywhere in the August announcement). Some cuts of this film run just shy…

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Purple Hearts: A Marriage of Convenience

A singer-songwriter and a marine agree to get married for the benefits in Purple Hearts but things become very real after a tragedy. This film is very much in line with the Nicholas Sparks genre. It has all of the melodrama that comes with the territory. I will say that Sofia Carson’s musical contributions manage to elevate the film just a bit. If you’ve read the Tess Wakefield novel, you have somewhat of an advantage.…

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Vengeance Blends Comedy, Thriller

Comedy whodunits have been making something of a comeback in recent years but B.J. Novak spices things up in Vengeance. Ben Manalowitz (B.J. Novak) is writer for the New Yorker and aspires to record a podcast about America. Only his boss, Eloise (Issa Rae), shoots down his initial pitch for American Moment. And then his girlfriend dies–only she was not his girlfriend but her family thinks she was. The two may have hooked up a…

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