The riveting ‘Hotel Mumbai’ recounts a terrible tragedy with powerful grace

A little over a decade ago, a world-renowned hotel, The Taj, was under siege when a group of heavily armed gunmen entered the building with one simple goal: kill as many people as possible in the name of Allah, the religious crucible for so many terrorists overseas. Out of the wreckage of a terrible event … More The riveting ‘Hotel Mumbai’ recounts a terrible tragedy with powerful grace

The Frank O. Pinion Radio Dose, 4-11-19: Reviews of ‘Shazam!’ and ‘Pet Sematary’ (AUDIO)

This week on The Large Morning Show in the Afternoon, I reviewed a pair of new releases, “Shazam!” and “Pet Sematary.” In addition to the fresh reviews, there were reactions to the new “Yellowstone” and “Joker” trailers. What’s Shazam! all about? Think of “Big” meets “Superman” with the guy from NBC’s “Chuck” turning into a … More The Frank O. Pinion Radio Dose, 4-11-19: Reviews of ‘Shazam!’ and ‘Pet Sematary’ (AUDIO)

Julianne Moore is a redemption song for the meandering ‘Gloria Bell’

Gloria Bell is the epitome of a free spirit. A divorced woman riding high through her 50’s, doing what and when she pleases. If she’s not rocking out at her day job as an insurance rep, she’s kicking back a glass of wine and shaking it on the dance floor. If you drive past her, … More Julianne Moore is a redemption song for the meandering ‘Gloria Bell’

‘The Wedding Guest’ doesn’t hold your interest, thus deflating its power

Jay’s (Dev Patel) life is cloaked in mystery. From the moment Michael Winterbottom’s film, The Wedding Guest, opens, we see Jay preparing for a mission, but we have no idea who he is or what he stands for. I’m talking about standard spy/assassin montage work here. Passports? Check. Decently formed beard? Check. Couple guns? Check. … More ‘The Wedding Guest’ doesn’t hold your interest, thus deflating its power

Thank you, Pedro Guerrero: Why baseball is my favorite sport

Pedro Guerrero. All I remember is this first baseman, who used to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers, coming to bat for the St. Louis Cardinals. He didn’t look like an athlete, more like the bus driver that took me school. The same player who slammed his glove when Ozzie Smith made St. Louis go … More Thank you, Pedro Guerrero: Why baseball is my favorite sport

The Frank O. Opinion Movie Dose, 4-2-19: ‘The Mustang’, ‘Hotel Mumbai’ reviews

This week, I reviewed a pair of solid independent films. The kind of movies that one can only hope Hollywood continues to produce even if they don’t bring in a lot of money. What movies? “The Mustang” and “Hotel Mumbai.” One is a character study revolving around the rehabilitation of a violent convict in a … More The Frank O. Opinion Movie Dose, 4-2-19: ‘The Mustang’, ‘Hotel Mumbai’ reviews

‘The Dirt’ pulls no punches, delivers the Motley Crue goods

On the first night that Motley Crew performed at the Starwood Theater in Hollywood, they got into a fight with members of the crowd. Before a song could be played, bodies flew off the stage and fists were thrown. Afterwards, a concert took place and a legendary rock band was formed. The Dirt, directed by … More ‘The Dirt’ pulls no punches, delivers the Motley Crue goods

Tepid ‘Captive State’ fails to capitalize on an intriguing premise

What if the aliens crashed the Earth’s party and simply took over? Plenty of movies have showed us the initial landing and battle, but few have gone nine years down the road, showing us the long term effects of an invasion. Rupert Wyatt’s Captive State aims to fill that void, but the original premise is … More Tepid ‘Captive State’ fails to capitalize on an intriguing premise

‘Yardie’ packs an intriguing tale, yet fails to register in the end

A brother’s love can be one of the most powerful things in the world. Plenty of films have explored this dynamic divide and the emotional connection of sibling loyalty, with the results varying in skill and enjoyment. Ever since his older brother, Jerry Dread (Emeraldo Creary), was killed right in front of his eyes at … More ‘Yardie’ packs an intriguing tale, yet fails to register in the end