“The Intern” Film Review

If there is one thing you should know about me, it’s that Nancy Meyers is my favorite filmmaker and screenwriter.  From “What Women Want” to “It’s Complicated,” I have loved every film that she has done.  And “The Intern” is no exception. What makes this film work the most is the friendly chemistry between Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.  I say “friendly” because there … Continue reading “The Intern” Film Review

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” Film Review

When I think of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” I think about baby made by Wes Anderson, John Hughes and Diablo Cody. And I mean that in the best way possible. Thanks to a terrific screenplay from Jesse Andrews (author of the novel), amazing direction from Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and very strong cast, this could possible be one of my favorite films 2015.  There … Continue reading “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” Film Review

“Woman in Gold” Film Review

Helen Mirren can really do no wrong, from her Oscar winning performance in “The Queen” to her fun and witty performance in “Calendar Girls.”  And with “Woman in Gold,” she can still do no wrong.  If only the screenplay was up to par with Mirren’s performance. It’s not that I disliked “Woman in Gold,” I just thought it could have been much better. First off, … Continue reading “Woman in Gold” Film Review

“Men, Women and Children” Film Review

Dear Jason Reitman…we would like the same Oscar nominated director and writer of terrific films like “Juno” and “Up in the Air” back in the game.  What has happened to you? First, your 2013 film “Labor Day” wasn’t awful, but it didn’t score any major notes.  Then, in 2014 you gave audiences “Men, Women and Children,” which is your worst film to date.  From the casting choices to … Continue reading “Men, Women and Children” Film Review

“Love & Mercy” Film Review

The Beach Boys.  They are all about those “Good Vibrations,” right?  Well, in “Love & Mercy” there are not so many “Good Vibrations” when it comes to the life of Brian Wilson. Well acted (minus Paul Giamatti), this slightly unsteady film mostly works thanks to the performances from Paul Dano, John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks.  If only the screenplay didn’t have some laughable dialogue and … Continue reading “Love & Mercy” Film Review

“Grandma” Film Review

If there is one comedian in this World who is more deserving of an Oscar nomination, it’s Lily Tomlin.  The woman is a classic genius, looking stunning at 76.  And with “Grandma,” she doesn’t miss a beat with her performance.  She’s genuine, smart, heartfelt and hilarious.  Dear Academy…she hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar since 1975 (“Nashville”)…it’s time! Now while Lily Tomlin is the star … Continue reading “Grandma” Film Review

“The Age of Adaline” Film Review

Every once in awhile a film will come up and surprise me.  And today, that film is “The Age of Adaline.”  When I saw the previews in theaters, I thought it could turn out to be a mediocre film like “The Time Traveler’s Wife.”  However, “The Age of Adaline” is one of the best romances that I have seen in quite sometime, trumping “The Notebook,” … Continue reading “The Age of Adaline” Film Review

“Black or White” Film Review

Being an avid fan of Mike Binder’s “The Upside of Anger,” I was expecting a lot from his latest film “Black or White.”  For starters, he paired up with Kevin Costner again, the man (along with Joan Allen) who made “The Upside of Anger” so good. However, this time around, Binder has left me feeling so-so, even with the talented Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer … Continue reading “Black or White” Film Review

“I’ll See You in My Dreams” Film Review

I desperately wanted to love “I’ll See You in My Dreams” after all of the wonderful reviews.  And while I still liked it, I felt like it missed something outside of Blythe Danner’s exquisite, award-worthy performance.  It lacked a certain development in the relationship between Carol and Bill, which, entailed, made me feel like the story was rushed.  And can we talk about the awfully … Continue reading “I’ll See You in My Dreams” Film Review

“Mad Max: Fury Road” Film Review

I have two words to describe George Miller’s latest installment into the “Mad Max” series: adrenaline rush.  Not only is the film one of the most epic films of 2015, it’s an achievement for cinematic action films. Starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in the lead roles with returning director of the original 1970s/1980s films, this action packed narrative is supported by a terrific screenplay … Continue reading “Mad Max: Fury Road” Film Review