Linda and Al Lerner

Linda and Al Lerner
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Linda and Al Lerner are members of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC) and the Women Film Critics Circle (WFCC). They have been reviewing film and covering film festivals for more than a decade. Al is a member of SAG/AFTRA. He was Sports Anchor/Feature reporter (ABC?s WLS-TV News-Chicago and radio personality/talk show host at WGN Radio, then syndicated on the USA Radio Network interviewing high profile entertainment, sports newsmakers to authors and politicians. Linda was Assignment Editor/Writer/Producer at CBS? WBBM-TV News (Chicago) and KNBC-TV news in LA. She wrote and produced movie and music features covering junkets for the Radio Network (60 stations nationwide) and Supervising Producer of a children?s musical special for PBS that won 3 Emmys.
Publications: Movies and Shakers

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
52% Papillon (2018) Not sure why it was necessary to remake this film. It's a fascinating story of survival, but you may be glad when it's over, rather than happy that you've seen it. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
79% Good Boys (2019) This is a film that delivers too much of what you don't need from 3 very young boys' coming-of-age story, but enough heart to keep you interested in these cute kids. Good Boys is OK. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
46% The Meg (2018) Director Jon Turteltaub reels you in with Bloody action and adventure for the first two thirds of this movie, but, after that, it gets pretty silly and sappy, including a romance, but not with the toothy Mega fish. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) With all the colorful characters and so much eye candy, this film is more than palatable. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Spike Lee directs one of the most powerful films to date on racial discrimination. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis are good performers who deserve better than this. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
43% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) With Cate Blanchette playing the over-anxious, pill-popping, people hating predictably unpredictable, Director Richard Linklater makes this quirky comedy a very cool adventure. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
72% Christopher Robin (2018) Hitting all the heartwarming Disney buttons, Christopher Robin rediscovers his inner child, and you may too. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
83% Puzzle (2018) This film is very well put together, and it shows how making one small change can lead to unexpected adventure. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) It all seems so impossible, but Cruise is impressive and so is this film. It's exhausting as much as it is smart and entertaining. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
99% McQueen (2018) This film presents an incredible amount of archival footage collected by the filmmakers The mix of the music is a little too loud and disturbing at times. But the visuals of McQueen's runway shows are fascinating and fabulous, even through the credits. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
94% Blindspotting (2018) Intense performances shine the spotlight on race, poverty, police shootings, guns, education and more current issues in a well paced, well placed, dark comedy capped with a stunning climactic rap poetry slam. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Whether you're an ABBA fan or not, this is a swirl of fluffy cotton candy that's sometimes a little too sweet, but hard to resist. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
99% Eighth Grade (2018) It's hard to be middle school age where you are betwixt and between. [Bo Burnham] Burnham successfully displays the challenge it presents for kids and for parents. And he does it with a lot of humor and empathy. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) With Writer/Director Gus Van Sant and the acting talent of Joaquin Phoenix, this reality based biopic on the life of an artistic alcoholic quadriplegic is sadly sweet while darkly funny - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
69% Damsel (2018) Robert Pattinson as smooth and passionate with Mia Wasikowska as a powerhouse, but raving banshee, give unexpected performances. It's fun watching them horse around in this Western. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
84% Deadpool 2 (2018) Ryan Reynolds' rapid fire delivery is both hilarious and, at times, infuriating. But this is still a laugh-out-loud comic book romp. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
54% Book Club (2018) The best reason to see this film is to see these legends act and interact. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
93% Luce (2019) This is a powerful drama, well done, with stunning performances, that raises questions about immigration, race, identity and privilege, while you're trying to figure out who Luce really is. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
93% First Reformed (2018) This is an emotionally charged work of art that ought to spark debate on religion, big business, suicide and the environment to name just a few. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Frustrated or not, [Juliette] Binoche shines bright in this film. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
38% Life of the Party (2018) Hate to be the party pooper, but this one fell flat. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
86% Tully (2018) There are plenty of laughs, but you'll see, here, that motherhood is serious business. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
84% Disobedience (2018) This is a sensual, sexual and shocking film unveiling unorthodox relationships in an Orthodox Jewish setting. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) This is one fun ride and if you're a fan of the Marvel franchise, you'll love it! - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
36% I Feel Pretty (2018) Schumer shows that every woman has insecurities about how they look, but wants to empower women to shake their fear of flaws. You may not think this is the best movie, but it may make you laugh and feel better about your bad self. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
29% Traffik (2018) We give credit for Taylor creating a film dealing with this important issue. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Joaquin Phoenix's performance in this film is gritty gold and bold. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
82% Beirut (2018) Jon Hamm gives his best performance yet. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
95% A Quiet Place (2018) [John] Krasinski has created a film that is a triumph of love, family and the human spirit finding ways to connect, communicate and survive in the face of blind evil. J - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
83% Blockers (2018) This is a sexy, gross take on the relationships of parents and kids as they grow up and out. It could have been very sappy and trite, but it is neither because it is smartly written and directed. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
72% Ready Player One (2018) This is eye candy at the extreme with so much detail you may want to see it again to catch all the references. But there are also many messages and issues that come up and make you think. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) It's relevant, a little confusing, but still entertaining. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) It's simply an atrocious movie with barely coherent plot lines. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
92% Love, Simon (2018) It's a sincere coming-of-age tale with an accomplished cast that brings teens to life realistically and emotionally. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
52% Tomb Raider (2018) This film has more CG effects than the original video game, but you won't get the same gratification. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
24% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) Brazilian Director José Padilha creates, with meticulous detail, the tension and fear of the terrorists as well as the passengers, but his intention to humanize both doesn't completely connect. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
96% Black Panther (2018) The film is smart, fast paced and action-packed, with incredible production design, costuming, and special effects. More important, it showcases a superhero who is different than any before him. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
88% The Post (2018) [Steven] Spielberg knows how to grab your attention with great storytelling in a straightforward portrayal of this moment in history. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Inspiring film, but this scripted feature does not live up to the RBG documentary. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
82% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) The cast is great, the story doesn't always hang together well, but this film intended to reach a wider audience, is relentlessly positive for all, just like Dora. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
80% Patriots Day (2017) Patriots Day is meant to honor the people and the city of Boston. Besides being a love letter to his hometown, Mark Wahlberg also gives us a solid performance in an exciting movie. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
93% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Belkin makes Wallace's passion for truth evident in this monumental work. We can only guess what he would do in today's political climate.This film is not only a lesson for journalism students and working reporters. It's exciting and inspiring to watch. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) You have to appreciate the creativity involved in staging these incredibly complex stunt scenes, but they lose their impact due to the sheer incredulity of the situations. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's obvious Tarantino loved telling this fable and we liked watching it. It's also a heavyweight acting match between Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt and Pitt wins the belt. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) This is a sweet, emotional journey of love and respect for family and Awkwafina's breakout leading role showing the comedian/rapper's dramatic versatility. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
52% The Lion King (2019) This is more like a Disney Nature documentary than the heart tugging, life affirming, coming-of-age, picturesque feature it was intended to be. The animals look "photo-real", until they talk. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
22% Phil (2019) Greg Kinnear directs himself as a dentist with suicidal tendencies in a bizarre dark comedy. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
93% Sword of Trust (2019) This small, unpretentious comedy starring comedian Marc Maron, delivers some surprising laughs, despite a thin plot line. Maron, as Mel, leads a talented ensemble playing quirky characters tossing lines back and forth in a pawn shop. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, and Imogen Poots learned new tricks and kicks for this surprisingly funny, entertaining, dark, deadpan comedy that makes a statement on masculinity. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019