The Fabelmans (2022)

‘Fabelmans’ is a weak spiel on Spielberg We’d all love to meet Steven Spielberg and spend time picking his ingenious brain. But would you want to accompany him to his shrink and be subjected to a 150-minute session wherein he discusses his various “mommy issues?” If your answer is, yes! By all means, purchase a […]

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)

Glossy ‘Glass Onion’ has plenty of ap-peel Taking its cue from Clue, the latest edition of the “Knives Out” franchise departs stodgy New England for a fabulous Greek island where the Southern-fried sleuth, Benoit Blanc, is tasked with solving the mystery of who slew … well, I won’t say who. Best you discover that for […]

My Policeman (2022)

Where’s a good ‘Policeman’ when you need one? Pop sensation Harry Styles takes pride in his sexual ambiguity. And he effectively demonstrates it in his convincing portrayal of a London bobby forced to hide his love away at a time when being gay could get you tossed in prison. So, partly out of guilt, and […]

The Good Nurse (2022)

Wonky ‘Good Nurse’ could use a little TLC If not for the resuscitative efforts of Oscar-winners Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne, Tobias Lindholm’s accounting of the capture of a homicidal New Jersey RN would be DOA. The A-listers repeatedly breathe life into “The Good Nurse,” a flatlining B movie taking its cue from the Lifetime […]

The Return of Tanya Tucker (2022)

Tucker and Carlile are in perfect harmony Not content to present just one country great, first-time director Kathlyn Horan offers up two to double our pleasure in the fascinating documentary, “The Return of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandi Carlile.” And, wow, are they something to see, one at the peak of her talent and fame, and […]

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022)

‘Weird’ is parody at its finest  Harry Potter’s got a squeeze box and Daddy’s gonna laugh all night. Yes, that’s really Daniel Radcliff beneath the trademark jheri curl and aviators in portraying the prolific pontificator of parody, Weird Al. And he performs like a surgeon, venturing into the imbecilic in challenging us to endure his […]

Causeway (2022)

‘Causeway’ thrives on its affecting performances As the title suggests, the debut feature from theater director Lila Neugebauer is all about finding refuge above the crashing waves of PTSD. Both New Orleans residents Lynsey (Jennifer Lawrence) and James (Brian Tyree Henry) have sustained vastly different traumas but discover the aftermath is just as devastating whether […]

Samuel D. Pollard (2023)

For Pollard, Russell documentary was a natural fit No one would ever accuse Bill Russell of being warm and fuzzy. Not his coach, Red Auerbach, nor the teammates he led to an astounding 11 NBA championships during 13 glorious years with the Boston Celtics. Most certainly not the fickle fans who loved him on the […]

The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)

Wild ‘Banshees’ will get your Irish up We’re all familiar with the old saw, “cut off your nose to spite your face.” But leave it to the deliciously warped mind of playwright Martin McDonagh to twist that adage into, “cut off your fingers to spite your ex-bestie.” And as only he can, McDonagh interprets it […]

Young Plato (2022)

Inspiring ‘Plato’ has the right philosophy I’m no doctor, but please allow me to prescribe “Young Plato” as a potential cure for what ails our increasingly fractured society. This charming and profound documentary blossoming from Northern Ireland, of all places, is an elixir for the mind, body and soul. Peace through philosophy, that’s the fascinating […]