Movie Review: Wonder Woman

If you’re like me, Wonder Woman immediately brings to mind the campy 1970s TV show starring Lynda Carter. The movie is very different in tone from the TV show. Surprisingly, much of the movie is an espionage/adventure/romance movie with heroes … Continue reading

Movie Review: The Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z is the engrossing true story of British adventurer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) who lived in the early 20th Century. When the film opens, Percy, who has experience with mapmaking, is offered the opportunity to travel … Continue reading

Beauty and the Beast

It’s hard to believe that the classic Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast is 25 years old. Released in 1991, it became a beloved classic and the first animated movie to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. I … Continue reading

Movie Review: Fences

Fences is the screen adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play about Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington), a trash collector in 1950’s Pittsburgh. The beginning of the movie is weighed down by a lot of dialogue between Troy and his … Continue reading

Movie Review: Silence

Silence is the new film from acclaimed director Martin Scorsese. The film has been much anticipated in Catholic circles, since it tells the story of Jesuit missionaries in 17th Century Japan. Silence is adapted from the novel by Shusaku Endo … Continue reading

Movie Review: Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures tells the true story of African American women who worked in the early years of NASA. They played a significant part in the launching of the first rockets and the orbit of John Glenn in 1962. Yet, until … Continue reading

Movie Review: Jackie

Jackie is an intense portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy in the week after the assassination of her husband, John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dallas in 1963. Directed by Chilean director Pablo Lorrain, it features an excellent performance by Natalie Portman as the … Continue reading

Movie Review: La La Land

La La Land has the ability to seem absolutely fresh and new, while at the same time reminding me of many other movies from the past (including everything from Casablanca to Rebel Without a Cause to Singing in the Rain … Continue reading

Movie Review: Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea plumbs the depths of human grief and sadness. It’s a tough film to watch, yet it’s honest. The movie’s characters are flawed, but real. Life is full of unexpected twists and turns that they must deal … Continue reading

Movie Review: Loving

Loving tells the true story of Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred (Ruth Negga) Loving.  When the movie opens in 1959, Mildred tells Richard she is pregnant. Knowing that it was illegal for two people of different races to marry in … Continue reading

Movie Review: Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange is the latest of the Marvel Comics superheroes to appear on screen. It tells the story of Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a brilliant, but narcissistic, neurosurgeon. Strange is seriously injured in an auto accident. He wants to … Continue reading

Movie Review: Arrival

Arrival is the story of a human encounter with extraterrestrial creatures, much like Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Without warning, twelve large objects appear hovering just above ground throughout the world, including Montana in the United States. Of … Continue reading

Movie Review: Deepwater Horizon

On the disastrous day of April 20, 2010, on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana, an explosion claimed the lives of eleven men, and prompted an oil spill which caused the … Continue reading

Movie Review: Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe tells the inspirational, true story of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from the slums of Uganda who becomes an international chess master. Based on a story in ESPN:The Magazine, the movie follows the story of Phiona over … Continue reading