Jason Momoa makes the silly ‘Aquaman’ worth watching

Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) is a man divided between two worlds: the land where his civilian father tends to a lighthouse, and the sea where his mother (Nicole Kidman) is the Queen of Atlantis. Born on Earth yet adopted to the sea by adulthood, Curry faces his greatest test when those two worlds collide, with … More Jason Momoa makes the silly ‘Aquaman’ worth watching

‘On The Basis of Sex’ is just fine, lacks the power of RBG’s story

It was Subway or nothing. Last night, in a rush for food before closing time brought on the Taco Bell Heartbreak Ridge Blues plank walk for my colon, I got a sandwich at the popular chain restaurant. A footlong chicken breast on wheat with all the trimmings, but no sauce. I was so hungry I … More ‘On The Basis of Sex’ is just fine, lacks the power of RBG’s story

Jon Voight: The secret sauce that makes Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’ a potent thrill

We weren’t supposed to like Mickey Donovan. When Jon Voight’s Donovan patriarch was introduced back in the first season, Liev Schreiber titular character, Ray Donovan, warned his family that letting “Mic” back into the house would be like letting a lion out of the cage. As the viewer, we agreed with Ray. Mickey was coming … More Jon Voight: The secret sauce that makes Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’ a potent thrill

Open your eyes! ‘Birdbox’ is a good flick

Open your eyes and you may die. That’s the premise of Susanne Bier’s Birdbox. For Malorie (Sandra Bullock), the post-apocalyptic setting of screenwriter Eric Heisserer’s adaptation of Josh Malerman’s novel is a chance for rebirth. Currently sitting as the most popular Netflix Original film yet, bringing in over 26 million views in just under three … More Open your eyes! ‘Birdbox’ is a good flick

Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born” is 2018’s best film

“Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die.” Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) is referencing the inner struggles of an aging musician battling alcoholism and drug addiction, but he could have been talking about bad Hollywood remakes. With his directorial debut, Cooper didn’t take a half-measure; the multiple-Oscar nominee took a full cut at the … More Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born” is 2018’s best film

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ manages to be better than ‘Moonlight’

If I had a superpower that could eradicate something completely from our world’s history, I know where I would use it in full: I’d take away racism.  If there is one thing that has poisoned the well endlessly to a degree that healing is almost impossible, it’s the fact that people judge others and their … More ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ manages to be better than ‘Moonlight’

‘Vice’ Review: Welcome to the Christian Bale show

Power can be the most dangerous thing in the world when placed in the right person’s hands. Then again, it can be even more deadly when given to the wrong person. Welcome to Vice, the unofficial and completely off-the-record Dick Cheney story that you need in your life this Christmas. Five years ago, few people … More ‘Vice’ Review: Welcome to the Christian Bale show

Travis Knight’s ‘Bumblebee’ erases all the bad ‘Transformers’ movies

Let the record state that after five movies, 12 hours, and 47 minutes of movies, we have finally received the first great Transformers films: Bumblebee. Welcome to a world where sophisticated and “transformers movie” can co-exist. It sure wasn’t easy. For the past 11 years, Michael Bay has ravaged moviegoers with relentless action and overlong … More Travis Knight’s ‘Bumblebee’ erases all the bad ‘Transformers’ movies

‘Ben Is Back’ is an emotional roller coaster bolstered by Julia Roberts

Movie stars don’t have it easy. Allow me to talk down your bewildering face that just had its jaw hit the ground. When their face becomes so familiar with film audiences, disappearing into characters suddenly becomes a higher climb; a true test of their talent and range. Tom Cruise constantly fights this. Will Smith nearly … More ‘Ben Is Back’ is an emotional roller coaster bolstered by Julia Roberts