Movie Reviews

VIDEO REVIEWS – Stay at Home Edition #2

As we slog through a second full month of Coronavirus-inspired lockdowns, it’s time to suggest some good escapist films on Netflix this month. Watch any of these to find a fun couple of hours that will take your mind far away from the boring surroundings of home and give you a much-needed jolt of energy […]

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STAYING AT HOME – Movies

As the Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic of the Pasadena Weekly from July 2009-August 2019, I saw and reviewed hundreds of movies as they were ideally meant to be presented: in movie theatres. But now that two of the nation’s largest theatre chains, AMC and Regal, have agreed to close for six to 12 weeks apiece […]

Harrison Ford

THE CALL OF THE WILD – Movies

At 77 years old, Harrison Ford is still setting a high standard for seniors with his recent comeback in two of the latest “Star Wars” films and his upcoming shoot for the 5th Indiana Jones movie this summer. This weekend, he delivers a fun, feisty and occasionally touching performance in a new film based on […]

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“1917” – Movies

War is a terrible experience that can nonetheless bring out the best in those who fight. Inspiring courage and tenacity under the worst of circumstances, the heroism that results offers inspiration to those who hear their tales of rising to the occasion or giving the ultimate sacrifice. The new movie “1917” provides a remarkable example […]

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STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER – Movies

Over the course of eight prior movies in 42 years, just about everyone in the world has found the “Star Wars” films to be a key part of their entertainment lives. Combining stunning space action, stirring Oscar-winning scores by John Williams and wonderfully iconic characters, these are events that deliver lots of fun no matter […]

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“RICHARD JEWELL” – Movies

There’s plenty of arguing going on in America these days across the political divide, with the non-stop, 24-hour news cycle ratcheting up the tension and making it easy for people on both sides to argue over which stories are real and which are altered for an agenda. The new movie “Richard Jewell,” directed by the […]

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“KNIVES OUT” – Movies

Truly great mysteries are in short supply these days at the movies. So are truly funny comedies. The new movie “Knives Out” solves both problems at once by serving up a star-packed cast in a whodunit that also is loaded with funny lines throughout. Moving at a relentless pace filled with twists, turns and flashbacks […]

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A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Movies

Everyone who grew up in America, or was a parent here, between 1968 and 2001 was likely touched by the classic children’s TV series “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” starring a soft-spoken Presbyterian minister named Fred Rogers. Rogers was concerned about the impact that television could have on young minds and wanted to create a show that […]

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“Ford v Ferrari” – Movies

It’s becoming increasingly rare that movies these days serve up movie stars playing genuine heroes, outside of comic book movies. But the new movie “Ford v Ferrari” serves up a double dose of leading-man swagger, starring Matt Damon as legendary race-car designer Carroll Shelby and Christian Bale as hotshot driver/mechanic Ken Miles. They are brought […]

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“Midway” – Movie Review

When you think about World War II, most people instantly remember Adolf Hitler and his evil armies of Nazis who stormed across Europe. It’s easy to forget we were fighting three enemies at once, with Japan and Italy also ruthlessly destroying lives in other parts of the globe – and as decades pass and the […]