Game Night (****) is great in how good it is

It’s early in the year, but so far, this is the best comedy. I haven’t laughed at  a film considered a comedy in several years. Let’s hope this is the start of a trend.

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Doctor Strange (****) cuts a few corners but is no less enjoyable

  Dr. Strange - 2016 Director Scott Derrickson Screenplay by John Spaihts, C. Robert Cargill and Derrickson Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton We may be reaching a breaking point on guest stars in Marvel films. The talent in Dr. Strange is at once invigorating and frustrating. To find that Ejiofor plays Mordo … Continue reading Doctor Strange (****) cuts a few corners but is no less enjoyable

Spotlight (****1/2) takes the road less travelled

Spotlight - 2015 Director Tom McCarthy Screenplay by McCarthy and Josh Singer Starring  Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Len Cariou, Jamey Sheridan, Paul Guilfoyle, Brian d'Arcy James, Billy Crudup In 2001, Marty Baron (Schreiber) is the new editor of the The Boston Globe. His perspective is that of an outsider and being so, he is not … Continue reading Spotlight (****1/2) takes the road less travelled

About Time: Most Charming and Clever

About Time - 2013 Written and Directed by Richard Curtis Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie, Lydia Wilson, Richard Cordery Meetings in romantic comedies are hard to do well.  So many of them giver the appearance of cleverness, but instead have been used so many times they have worn a path on the brain of the … Continue reading About Time: Most Charming and Clever

Midnight in Paris: In which Owen Wilson plays a talkative Surfer Hebrew…

Midnight in Paris - 2011 Written and Directed by Woody Allen Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Tom Hiddelston, Michael Sheen, Corey Stoll, Marian Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Adrian Brody, Léa Seydoux Ernest Hemingway: I think a woman is equal to a man in courage. Have you ever shot a charging lion? Adriana: Never. Ernest Hemingway: Would you … Continue reading Midnight in Paris: In which Owen Wilson plays a talkative Surfer Hebrew…