Category: 3/4

Damn good!

Everybody Knows [2018] ★★★

I read somewhere that this movie was a “disappointing step back” for writer director Asghar Farhadi. But how do you top movies like “A Separation”, “The Past” and “The Salesman”? “Everybody Knows” may not be Farhadi’s best and most compelling work, but it has an intriguing story to […]

The Old Guard [2020] ★★★

The surprise action hit of the summer stars Charlize Theron as an immortal mercenary who has been around for centuries. If this sounds like generic stuff, then perhaps it is. But in the hands of director Gina Prince- Bythewood, “The Old Guard” feels fresh and, might I add, […]

Da 5 Bloods [2020] ★★★

Up until a chaotic final act, Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” is a potent and powerful film that is also very entertaining. In telling the story of Four African American veterans who return to Vietnam decades after the war to find the remains of their friends and a […]

Dolemite Is My Name [2019] ★★★

Simply put, “Dolemite is my Name” is one of Netflix’s finest movies. It gives Eddie Murphy the role of a lifetime, playing Rudy Ray Moore, the underground comedian who rose to fame in the 1970’s and inspired a generation of artists. This is Murphy’s territory, and he lets it […]

The King [2019] ★★★

It’s not a classic in the making, but Netflix’s “The King” has an interesting history lesson to tell, and a great ensemble cast to bring it to life. I do not know how the real Henry V talked or acted, but I do know that Timothée Chalamet makes […]

The Half Of It [2020] ★★★

With “The Half of It”, Netflix may have finally dropped their finest coming-of-age movie yet. You heard me. Alice Wu directs this sweet and tender film about Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis, a revelation), a smart teen girl who writes essays for other students in exchange for cash (a […]

Bad Education [2019] ★★★

This fact-based story starring Hugh Jackman like you’ve never seen him before is the perfect film to stream during confinement. Jackman transforms himself completely to play happy-go-lucky superintendent Frank Tassone, who, in 2002 became a prime suspect in an embezzlement scandal. The film , directed with a keen […]