January 1, 2018

  I have two important things to say about the new “Star Wars” movie:

  1) Daisy.

  2) Ridley.

  Actually, I have other stuff to rave about as well; but I just had to get that off my chest.

  Ridley, who burst onto the Star Wars scene in 2015’s “Force Awakens,” anchors the...

January 1, 2018

  Picture a near-future world so strapped for resources that large portions of the population are shrunk to five inches, thereby consuming less space, air, food and water.

  Picture a struggling middle-class couple who decide to undergo this process, after which they wi...

January 1, 2018

  According to Dictionary.com, “slumming it” means “suffering conditions below those to which one is accustomed.”

  This definition applies to nearly everyone in “Just Getting Started” -- including the viewer.

  Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, Jane Seymour, Joe Pantolia...

January 1, 2018

“Coco” is not named for its protagonist.

  Nor is it named for the bad guy. Nor for the central plot device, in which a Mexican lad, on the feast of Dia de los Muertos, is suddenly whisked off to the land of the dead.

  Coco, rather, is a tertiary character -- extremely...

January 1, 2018

  For fans of “Christmas Carol,” “The Man Who Invented Christmas” is a must.

  One could scarcely ask for a fonder tribute to the holiday favorite than this wonderfully engaging tale of how Charles Dickens struggled to write the novel way back in 1843.

  Dan Stevens (“Do...

January 1, 2018

  “Murder on the Orient Express” seems an odd choice for a remake.

  Emerging from the mid-seventies golden age that gave us gems like “Chinatown,” “Network” and “The Godfather,” the original film boasted a cast to die for, including Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Perkins, Sea...

January 1, 2018

  “American Made” is a textbook case of expert movie-making. With top-notch direction, acting, dialog, story, editing, music and production design, the film fires firmly on all cylinders.

  Thematically, however, it will leave you in a state of near-despair about Americ...

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