Kaplan vs. Kaplan

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Rating Title/Year Author
One Night in Miami (2020) Jeanne Kaplan Dialogue driven with superb writing and acting. Powers' screenplay is audacious --- filled with hope, love and a lot of anger. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
One Night in Miami (2020) David Kaplan If you are thinking that a movie that takes place primarily in a motel room is merely a static event, I am here to tell you that ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI... is a searing drama that will have most viewers riveted to the screen. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Pieces of a Woman (2020) Jeanne Kaplan PIECES OF A WOMAN is a beautiful example of filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
Pieces of a Woman (2020) David Kaplan The film strikes deep emotional chords with a subject matter that is rarely seen on the big screen or television. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Jeanne Kaplan This genre is more along the line of mindless enjoyment. We aren't meant to work that hard to get lost in these comics --- and in that vein, WONDER WOMAN 1984 works. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) David Kaplan A major problem in this sequel is that Wonder Woman is not given a lot of heroic things to do. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
News of the World (2020) Jeanne Kaplan Some of the best scenes of NEWS OF THE WORLD revolve around Johanna and Hanks sitting side-by-side. It's the quiet moments interspersed among all the chaos that solidify the relationship for this unlikely pair. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
News of the World (2020) David Kaplan As good as Hanks is in this story, it is Zengler who steals the film. It is as much her presence in NEWS OF THE WORLD as any other factor that makes this movie special. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Jeanne Kaplan Honestly, if Boseman doesn't receive a posthumous Oscar nomination --- and win --- for this performance, it will be a travesty. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) David Kaplan With an abundance of talent both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM does not waste a moment in portraying the struggles of even the most capable Black folks in a white man's world. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
The Midnight Sky (2020) Jeanne Kaplan I am not a huge sci-fi fan, but I found THE MIDNIGHT SKY mostly riveting. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
The Midnight Sky (2020) David Kaplan Ultimately the suspense is limited, almost non-existent, which is a serious shortcoming for the space adventure that THE MIDNIGHT SKY could have been. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Jeanne Kaplan WILD MOUNTAIN THYME could have been --- should have been --- so much better. Blunt, Walken and Hamm are great. And the storyline is mildly entertaining. But --- EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) David Kaplan It's almost worth tuning into WILD MOUNTAIN THYME just to enjoy Emily Blunt singing a national folk tune of Ireland or hear her character utter a phrase like "I'm all aflutter" in her mild Irish brogue. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
Safety (2020) Jeanne Kaplan Ray Ray and Fay's true story is courageous, heartwarming --- and really funny at times --- that special movie for this special time of year. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
Safety (2020) David Kaplan What makes SAFETY such an appealing and powerful film, besides the no-nonsense script, are the indelible performances from top to bottom. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
I'm Your Woman (2020) Jeanne Kaplan Unfortunately, the writing misses the mark and what we are left with is a script that offers very little tension and a storyline that is convoluted and all over the place. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
I'm Your Woman (2020) David Kaplan This film commits an unforgiving sin for a violent "crime drama" with a female protagonist in grave danger --- it is quite boring. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
Mank (2020) Jeanne Kaplan It is the disheveled Oldman and the illustrious Seyfried who carry Fincher's film. Add to their outstanding performances the fabulous costumes and the sensational score and you have a real contender for Best Picture. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
Mank (2020) David Kaplan The main fascination of MANK for me are the frequent references to the Hollywood elite of that era and the interplay amongst them. And as splendid as the ensemble cast is Goldman's stunning portrayal is foremost. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
All My Life (2020) Jeanne Kaplan ALL MY LIFE is far from being maudlin --- or even that dramatic. It's more upbeat than one may imagine given the truly sad circumstances this couple faced. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
All My Life (2020) David Kaplan The courtship is ultra-saccharine, and I grew impatient for the storyline to progress. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
Ammonite (2020) Jeanne Kaplan AMMONITE is a truly lovely piece of filmmaking. Lee has imparted a quiet work of art featuring an accomplished cast. Winslet has seriously never been better, and Ronan keeps growing with each new role. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
Ammonite (2020) David Kaplan Any film that features Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan deserves a look. While AMMONITE will not appeal to the masses, it is an absorbing and intimate love story. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
Uncle Frank (2020) Jeanne Kaplan Ball has a crushing story to tell, which he infuses with just enough humor, but the cutting edge of his other work is missing. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
Uncle Frank (2020) David Kaplan UNCLE FRANK is rife with humor, pathos and even some suspense wrapped up in a finely-honed screenplay. Notable performances from a solid ensemble cast manage to hit all the right notes. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
The Last Vermeer (2019) Jeanne Kaplan Driven by a magnificent performance by Guy Pearce, THE LAST VERMEER isn't going to entertain the masses, but it is a wonderful piece of filmmaking by director Dan Friedkin. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
The Last Vermeer (2019) David Kaplan THE LAST VERMEER is itself an astonishingly great work of art. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
Chasing Childhood (2020) Jeanne Kaplan The wonderful documentary CHASING CHILDHOOD, directed by Margaret Munzer Loeb and Eden Wurmfeld, is long overdue. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
Chasing Childhood (2020) David Kaplan CHASING CHILDHOOD is a sobering --- and extremely well done --- presentation of a problem that I suspect most people haven't seriously considered --- but should. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
Let Him Go (2020) Jeanne Kaplan I like nothing better than a really good suspenseful film, with at least one or two twists and turns. Unfortunately, LET HIM GO has none of that. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2020
Let Him Go (2020) David Kaplan Does LET HIM GO manage to sustain the suspense? More or less, although the "pork chop dinner" could have been better orchestrated in terms of building up the animosity between the rival families. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2020
The Donut King (2020) Jeanne Kaplan Alice Gu's desire to create a documentary illuminating the struggles of immigrants is evidenced by her intelligent screenplay. Her research is meticulous and the stories she imparts are well worth the audience's time. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
The Donut King (2020) David Kaplan We get a peek at the $2 million home Ngoy purchased, a stark opposite to the hovel in Cambodia where he was a child. He seemingly had it made, but there is a dark side to his story. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Jeanne Kaplan Although I'm not really a fan --- I find most of his comedy cringe-inducing --- I do appreciate his efforts. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) David Kaplan Baron Cohen takes no prisoners when it comes to mocking and parodying right-leaning individuals. He is fearless and in this second film he enlists the aid of Maria Bakalova who is as uninhibited as he is. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Jeanne Kaplan THE WITCHES is fun, scary and delightfully madcap. The special effects are awesome --- as one would expect from Zemeckis. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) David Kaplan The special effects are dazzling. The witches have ear-to-ear grins that make The Joker look like he's frowning. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
Rebecca (2020) Jeanne Kaplan We're still in a pandemic, people. All the naysayers out there who don't like this movie --- pish tosh. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020
Rebecca (2020) David Kaplan Although REBECCA is billed as a gothic thriller, it has scenes that are more uncomfortable rather than suspenseful. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020
Honest Thief (2020) Jeanne Kaplan HONEST THIEF isn't going to win any awards, but fans of Neesom will appreciate his efforts. I found it a rather good diversion for 99 minutes. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
Honest Thief (2020) David Kaplan Maybe the best part of HONEST THIEF is the frequent appearance of Tazzie, the dog owned by FBI Agent Meyers. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Jeanne Kaplan Sorkin has delivered a well-conceived, fast-paced account of one of the most heinous and controversial trials in American history. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) David Kaplan THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 is truly an entertaining, spirited and relevant film that touches on a whole range of emotions. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
The Phenomenon (2020) Jeanne Kaplan THE PHENOMENON lays out a solid case for the existence of this other-worldly presence. It's unnerving to say the least. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
The Phenomenon (2020) David Kaplan THE PHENOMENON tends to run a bit long, often repeating itself. But the movie provides ample evidence of proof that we are definitely NOT alone. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
The Glorias (2020) Jeanne Kaplan Despite the seriousness of equal rights, abortion rights and feminism, THE GLORIAS is a charming, funny, thoughtful, well-executed movie of a life well lived. And Ms. Steinem is happy with the production --- that's all that really matters. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2020
The Glorias (2020) David Kaplan THE GLORIAS is an ambitious and wonderfully made movie that could not be more timely. It's a story about women, by women and for everyone who believes in equal rights for women. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2020
The Artist's Wife (2019) Jeanne Kaplan If you enjoy absurdity entwined with predictability, then you may like THE ARTIST'S WIFE. I did not. Even though Bruce Dern gives it his best shot, he is not enough to save this movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020
The Artist's Wife (2019) David Kaplan If we were meant to empathize with Claire, THE ARTIST'S WIFE fails to arouse any significant emotional response. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020