Free Guy

Release: Friday, August 13, 2021 👀 Theater Written by: Matt Lieberman; Zak Penn Directed by: Shawn Levy Starring: Ryan Reynolds; Taika Waititi; Joe Keery; Jodi Comer; Lil Rel Howery   ***/***** Following more the logic of the heart than the brain, Free Guy is a whacky but entertaining circus of big visual effects, videogame Easter eggs, and shameless (more likeContinue reading “Free Guy”

Together Together

Release: Friday, April 23, 2021  👀 Theater Written by: Nikole Beckwith Directed by: Nikole Beckwith Starring: Ed Helms; Patti Harrison     ****/***** More than an acting showcase for its two leads, Nikole Beckwith’s romantic comedy Together Together is a wonderfully subversive effort that reconfigures the way we look at intimate relationships and how they can be formed. IfContinue reading “Together Together”

Jungle Cruise

Release: Friday, July 30, 2021 👀 Theater Written by: Michael Green; Glenn Ficarra; John Requa Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra Starring: Dwayne Johnson; Emily Blunt; Jesse Plemons; Jack Whitehall; Paul Giamatti; Édgar Ramírez ***/***** The long, predictable meanders of the river are more enjoyable when you’ve got a good crew to float with. Such is the case with Jungle Cruise,Continue reading “Jungle Cruise”

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

Release: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 👀 Theater Written by: Tom O’Connor; Brandon Murphy; Phillip Murphy Directed by: Patrick Hughes Starring: Ryan Reynolds; Samuel L. Jackson; Salma Hayek; Antonio Banderas; Morgan Freeman **/***** Short review: Well, I’ve seen worse. But that’s not exactly the endorsement I was wanting to write. Not that I was necessarily expecting to come out ofContinue reading “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”

Buddy Games

Release: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 (internet)  👀 Hulu  Written by: Josh Duhamel; Bob Schwartz; Jude Weng Directed by: Josh Duhamel Starring: Josh Duhamel; Dax Shepard; Olivia Munn; Nick Swardson; James Roday Rodriguez; Dan Bakkedahl; Kevin Dillon */***** Party movies are supposed to be fun, right? Well, Buddy Games proves that stereotype wrong.  It is a rough start forContinue reading “Buddy Games”

Palm Springs

Release: Friday, July 10, 2020 (Hulu) →Hulu Written by: Andy Siara Directed by: Max Barbakow Palm Springs, a buzzy new Hulu original starring Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti and J.K. Simmons, for me has an unusual distinction. This romantic comedy about two strangers stuck in a time loop at a wedding boasts one of the best post-credits scenes I’veContinue reading “Palm Springs”

Buffaloed

Release: Friday, February 14, 2020 (limited) →Hulu  Written by: Brian Sacca Directed by: Tanya Wexler Buffaloed is a great example of why I love Zoey Deutch. I haven’t always loved the movies she’s been in — Why Him? (which I’ve seen) and Dirty Grandpa (which I make my life goal to avoid) I like to think are goodContinue reading “Buffaloed”

The Scarlett Johansson Project — #5

Another new movie experience and another lesson learned. The one we have to talk about this month has become something of a cult classic since its release nearly two decades ago. I can see how it has earned that reputation. It’s a very well-made movie, a realistic take on teen alienation that comes with a pricklyContinue reading “The Scarlett Johansson Project — #5”

The Lovebirds

Release: Friday, May 22, 2020 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Aaron Abrams; Brendan Gall; Martin Gero Directed by: Michael Showalter  The entertaining but uneven The Lovebirds gives one the impression director Michael Showalter wanted to do something more laidback and lightweight following The Big Sick. While The Lovebirds has a few of the elements that made his 2017 romantic comedy such aContinue reading “The Lovebirds”

The Scarlett Johansson Project — #4

We’re more than halfway through 2020 (and thank goodness for that), and yet not quite halfway through The SJP (thanks to a delay up front in Jan/Feb). In case anyone has noticed there hasn’t been a whole lot of organization to this feature, which I have actually enjoyed. There was a version of this where IContinue reading “The Scarlett Johansson Project — #4”