‘Together’ Is Muddled Lockdown Story

‘Together’ Is Muddled Lockdown Story

By Alex McPherson Directors Stephen Daldry’s and Justin Martin’s new film set during the current COVID-19 pandemic, “Together,” is an intense, powerfully acted, and morally... Details
Good Performers Can’t Save Standard Action-Thriller ‘The Protege’

Good Performers Can’t Save Standard Action-Thriller ‘The Protege’

By Lynn VenhausDespite a few fine actors who wring out decent performances, “The Protégé” is a convoluted and ridiculous late-summer action-thriller throwaway with too many... Details
Heartwarming Drama ‘CODA’ Opens Our Ears to Deaf Adults’ Struggles

Heartwarming Drama ‘CODA’ Opens Our Ears to Deaf Adults’ Struggles

By Lynn VenhausSure, it’s predictable, but “CODA” earns its way into your heart with a touching family coming-of-age story that makes it impossible not to... Details
Fast, Furious, Fun – High-Spirited ‘Free Guy’ Is a Summer Surprise

Fast, Furious, Fun – High-Spirited ‘Free Guy’ Is a Summer Surprise

By Lynn VenhausClever, brimming with wit and good nature, “Free Guy” is one of the most pleasant surprises of the summer. An action video game, comic-book... Details
‘Nine Days’ Is Enthralling Sci-Fi Debut

‘Nine Days’ Is Enthralling Sci-Fi Debut

By Alex McPherson A thoughtful, meditative, unabashedly far-out sci-fi gem, Edson Oda’s directorial debut, “Nine Days,” asks intriguing questions about the rollercoaster of life. This... Details
Bright and Cheery ‘Vivo’ Pops with Personality, Catchy Latin Beats

Bright and Cheery ‘Vivo’ Pops with Personality, Catchy Latin Beats

By Lynn Venhaus A vibrant mix of bright colors and snappy Latin beats, the animated musical adventure “Vivo” pops with personality. Set in Havana, Miami... Details
Weird, hypnotic ‘Annette’ Peers Into a Dark Abyss About Love and Fame

Weird, hypnotic ‘Annette’ Peers Into a Dark Abyss About Love and Fame

By Lynn VenhausMy first thought was “What did I just see?” Then, “How am I going to put this into words?”In present-day Los Angeles, Henry... Details
David Lowery’s ‘The Green Knight’ is Hallucinatory Spectacle to Behold

David Lowery’s ‘The Green Knight’ is Hallucinatory Spectacle to Behold

By Alex McPhersonBased on the 14th-century Arthurian tale “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” director David Lowery’s film, aptly titled “The Green Knight,” is an... Details
Johnson and Blunt Elevate the Silly Escapist Disney ‘Jungle Cruise’

Johnson and Blunt Elevate the Silly Escapist Disney ‘Jungle Cruise’

By Lynn Venhaus“Jungle Cruise” is junk, as plastic as those animatronic animals and plants that are part of theme park rides. This big-budget movie, based on... Details