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”

The Scarlett Johansson Project — #2

Being quarantined at home may be the perfect time to look back on a movie that explores loneliness and connection. This was obviously not something I planned, but social distancing has a way of making us look at things differently and that includes the way we experience certain movies. That’s what’s happening with me andContinue reading “The Scarlett Johansson Project — #2”

Yesterday

Release: Friday, June 28, 2019 →HBO Written by: Richard Curtis Directed by: Danny Boyle Imagine all the people living day to day without the music of the Beatles. Imagine John Lennon aging into his 70s, living a quiet life with an un-famous instead of infamous significant other. And imagine being Jack Malik (Himesh Patel), the only one inContinue reading “Yesterday”

Sing Street

Release: Friday, April 15, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: John Carney Directed by: John Carney John Carney returns to the emerald-green shores of his native Ireland for his latest quasi-musical/romantic comedy Sing Street, his third such feature after 2007’s Once and 2014’s Begin Again. Though it possesses many of the traits that made his higher-profile, New York-set dramedy anContinue reading “Sing Street”

Man Up

Release: Friday, November 13, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Tess Morris Directed by: Ben Palmer Man Up plays out like the self-help book on dating that you never knew you needed. Or wanted. It’s a romantic comedy where the romance is neither obnoxious nor saccharine and where not everyone is all LOL-ing up in your face because they’reContinue reading “Man Up”

Begin Again

Release: Friday, June 27, 2014 (limited) [Theater] A disgraced record label executive has a chance run-in with a down-on-her-luck musician at a bar and the two forge a friendship that inspires more than great music — it reinvigorates one another’s thirst for life. The Hulk takes a chill pill as Mark Ruffalo fits himself back into aContinue reading “Begin Again”

TBT: 50 First Dates (2004)

Tragically, yet another Drew Sandler-Adam Barrymore film is debuting this coming weekend — I don’t know, something called Blended, and to help celebrate this simply FABULOUS event. . . . (he says, with the entire jar of sarcasm spilled out all over the table). . . I am throwing it back to 2004, to aContinue reading “TBT: 50 First Dates (2004)”

The Lunchbox

Release: Friday, February 28, 2014 (limited) [Theater] You know you have an indie film on your hands when you’re sitting there, reading a plot synopsis about the misplacement of a lunchbox. Indeed, this oft-underappreciated everyday object becomes the focus of attention in a truly unique and grounded-in-reality drama involving two lost souls seeking companionship in a chaotic andContinue reading “The Lunchbox”

About Time

Release: Friday, November 1, 2013 [Theater] For the price of admission to this one they ought to give you an entire box of tissues — they can come in handy here. Richard Curtis delivers the world the feel-good/tear-jerking film of the year, bar none few. About Time is, well. . .if you want to see aContinue reading “About Time”