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70th Emmy Awards (2018)
Fans of SNL got more of what they were looking for -- and then some.
Posted Sep 19, 2018
It's probably OK to say that airborne sharks again are key to the "story."
Posted Aug 17, 2018
What We Started (2018)
Bouncing between eras and their various beats, while also playing a few heartstrings down the stretch. It's a trip well worth taking, whether you're a devotee of EDM or a neophyte like myself.
Posted Jul 2, 2018
Too Big to Fail (2011)
Too Big to Fail effectively follows the money while humanizing most of the moneychangers.
Posted Jun 25, 2018
Como's weekly variety hour had a glow and an impact that still resonates with many Baby Boomer kids who since have outlived him, but not his memory.
Posted Jun 7, 2018
The respect and admiration for the cancer-afflicted POW turned Arizona senator is non-partisan and clearly more than pro forma during this 1 hour, 45 minute film.
Posted May 29, 2018
The Tale (2018)
In this view, its overall story of innocent susceptibility, bogus fulfillment, latter day denial and hard-earned closure triumphs over what Bill does to Jenny in the name of "love."
Posted May 24, 2018
Fahrenheit 451 (2018)
The film isn't much of a read, though.
Posted May 22, 2018
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018)
HBO's three-and-a-half hour Elvis Presley: The Searcher ... is an evocative documentary without malice.
Posted Apr 16, 2018
The portrayal of Paterno is right up there with Pacino's very best work.
Posted Apr 5, 2018
In its scope and a mostly impeccable selection of images, quotes and anecdotes (Ho Chi Minh once worked as a New York city pastry chef), The Vietnam War boldly and bravely stands its ground and almost assuredly will stand the test of time.
Posted Sep 14, 2017
Dirty Dancing (2017)
The new Dirty Dancing, cast with an eye toward diversity, ends up being neither disastrous or necessary.
Posted May 24, 2017
Ninety minutes on the origins of the so-called HeLa cell line sound about as dramatically inviting as a teeth-cleaning. But Winfrey's performance, as Henrietta's tormented youngest daughter, Deborah, is jump-off-the-screen terrific.
Posted Apr 21, 2017
And Still I Rise mostly soars, though, on the wings of Maya Angelou's own words and recollections. She lived a multifaceted life for the ages, overcoming a wealth of indignities while also rising above her own considerable faults and frailties.
Posted Feb 22, 2017
Tower is a vivid snapshot of derangement, heroism, endurance and sometimes admitted cowardice on what remains the most traumatic day in University of Texas history.
Posted Feb 14, 2017
Although it arguably strings things out a bit too much, this newest Witness is a watchable feast of strong portrayals and mostly sturdy plot threads.
Posted Feb 1, 2017
Lifetime's re-do of Beaches provides a suitably weepy, sometimes sappy, overall entertaining escape.
Posted Jan 19, 2017
Bright Lights is a much better way to remember them. It wasn't supposed to double as a requiem, but who knew at the time?
Posted Jan 9, 2017
The Little Prince (2016)
Beautifully and expressively animated, The Little Prince basically is the story of an old man who still acts like a kid and a kid who's being programmed to be an "essential" cog in the grand industrial, soul-deadening scheme of things.
Posted Aug 5, 2016
O.J.: Made in America (2016)
ESPN's ongoing 5-part, 10-hour O. J.: Made In America documentary series at first brush had the air of redundancy. Instead it's anything but.
Posted Jun 17, 2016
All the Way (2016)
This is a riveting film with a bravura performance by Cranston, who's been the signature television actor of the past decade. All the Way again shows there's nothing he can't do -- with the exception of giving a bad performance.
Posted May 20, 2016
Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)
Janis: Little Girl Blue vividly and often poignantly revisits her short life -- and hard and fast times.
Posted May 4, 2016
Confirmation connects most of the dots of those times while falling short of the dramatic impact left by FX's O.J. Simpson miniseries.
Posted Apr 15, 2016
Jackie Robinson connects all of these dots and gives a far fuller picture of the man than the pedestrian 2013 feature film 42 or 1950's The Jackie Robinson Story, in which Jackie played himself opposite Ruby Dee as Rachel.
Posted Apr 11, 2016
It fleshes out Bessie Smith to a degree but certainly not in full measure. Latifah and Rainey can sure sing out, though. It's a pleasure to watch and hear them wail in a film that otherwise doesn't quite cut it.
Posted Dec 3, 2015
A few nice turns by Brawith as Saget aren't enough to make The Unauthorized Full House Movie more than a connect-the-dots, dish-a-little-dirt, spoon-a-little-sugar, cut-print diversion.
Posted Sep 8, 2015
There's no revisionist lionizing here, but plenty of perspective.
Posted Aug 20, 2015
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015)
Given the real-life shark attacks making big news this summer, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! may seem even more redundant than usual.
Posted Jul 22, 2015
As holiday newcomers go, this is much better than socks and underwear from Grandma. Just don't expect a shiny new train set.
Posted Dec 16, 2014
How Murray Saved Christmas (2014)
It's way short on charm, labors to be amusing and runs out of gas well before its hour is up.
Posted Dec 5, 2014
Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)
The overall effect isn't quite intoxicating, and it might be better if you're intoxicated in one form or another.
Posted Jul 29, 2014
The Normal Heart (2014)
The Normal Heart grows in poignancy as characters we've come to know are affected or afflicted by AIDS.
Posted May 22, 2014
The Address (2014)
[It] becomes an instructive and affecting film, although not a true Burns classic. Still, it's nice to him as a fly on the wall in a contemporary setting, with cameras capturing the here and now rather than recycling telling images from long times ago.
Posted Apr 16, 2014
Salinger triumphs, though, as an absorbing portrait of a singular man of mystery.
Posted Jan 28, 2014
Flowers in the Attic (2014)
It all seems fairly preposterous until one takes into account that stranger things have happened in real life.
Posted Jan 16, 2014
Killing Kennedy (2013)
Killing Kennedy easily could have been twice its length, the better to add both nuance and context. Instead it's a watchable film with many missing parts, a broadly drawn Classics Illustrated version of what happened and why.
Posted Nov 12, 2013
What he was really like remains in large part a mystery. In that respect, Hear My Train A Comin' doesn't try to play a gumshoe. Its strengths are Hendrix in action, his guitar on fire whether he set a match to it or not.
Posted Nov 5, 2013
JFK: The Smoking Gun (2013)
It can't be said -- unfortunately -- that Smoking Gun is bereft of any "entertainment" value.
Posted Oct 30, 2013
Seduced And Abandoned (2013)
This one seems to effortlessly breathe on its own as a buddy/buddy "road picture" with scenic pathways, a few dead ends and refreshing breezes throughout.
Posted Oct 25, 2013
Burton And Taylor (2013)
It's a film that asks a lot from West and Bonham Carter, who deliver time and again in roles that could have eaten them alive. Instead we feast.
Posted Oct 18, 2013
Ghost Shark (2013)
Syfy already has a Sharknado sequel set for next summer, but Ghost Shark probably won't have that kind of staying power. It succeeds in being more or less stupidly watchable, but unlikely to prompt anywhere near the same Twitter eruption.
Posted Aug 28, 2013
Viewers who have had their fills of prototypical Christmas movie cheer might want to get into the proper Syfy spirit by priming themselves with their favorite spirits.
Posted Aug 14, 2013
Picture Paris (2011)
Louis-Dreyfus is winning in the central role.
Posted Aug 14, 2013
Chupacabra vs. the Alamo (2013)
Even grading on a curve, Chupacabra vs The Alamo fails to rise to the level of enjoyable stupidity. Better luck next time.
Posted Aug 14, 2013
Clear History (2013)
Clear History is amusing enough to pull a viewer through it, although those who haven't yet acquired a taste for Curb might find it the equivalent of a pricey two-drink minimum without enough payback.
Posted Aug 8, 2013
Behind the Candelabra (2013)
A film that could have been so very bad turns out to be pretty mah-velous.
Posted May 24, 2013
Phil Spector (2013)
In the end, Phil Spector succeeds on the strength of its two marquee thespians.
Posted May 22, 2013
Philip Roth: Unmasked (2013)
It's good that Philip Roth finally let others in during the waning years of an extraordinary writing life.
Posted Apr 1, 2013
One doesn't expect miracles from a film of this sort. But it's as if Cutler and company didn't even try to engage Cheney and draw him out.
Posted Mar 12, 2013
24: Redemption (2008)
A serviceable although not exceptional place-setter.
Posted Feb 6, 2013