Uncle Barky

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Rating Title/Year Author
A- Mary and Martha (2013) Ed Bark The film grows in power, with both Swank and Blethyn engaging a viewer's sympathies through the force of their performances apart and eventually together after a chance meeting. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
B The Girl (2012) Ed Bark It diminishes him and elevates her. Whether that's what he deserves is debatable. But real truths invariably come out, and this is a film that convincingly rings with them. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
A Temple Grandin (2010) Ed Bark As noted, none of this seems like the stuff of riveting drama. It is, though. Still only 30, Danes shows she's now ready and able to take command of any acting challenge put in her path. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
B+ Cinema Verite (2011) Ed Bark Cinema Verite's strength is in dramatizing the off-camera seductions and betrayals that led to the Louds being vilified in many quarters. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
B+ Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) Ed Bark Kidman is a certain Emmy nominee and probable winner for this role while Owen might well be invited along for the ride. But she's the one who steels and steals this picture. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2020
C A Christmas Carol (2018) Ed Bark Frankly, this Ebenezer Scrooge merits his Christmas goose being cooked behind bars for two very serious crimes against humanity. Instead he ends up being at large while at last finding the gumption to say "Merry Christmas." EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
A Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Ed Bark Deadwood: The Movie reunites the principal characters and serves each of them exceedingly well. Who could ask for anything more? EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
A- What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019) Ed Bark What's My Name doesn't delve into its subject's personal life, focusing only on his career in the ring and his activism outside of it. That's more than enough to easily fill its extended running time. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
B- The Highwaymen (2019) Ed Bark As a film, The Highwaymen has some potholes. But as an eye-catching, promotable and heavily watched attraction, it seems sure to go the extra mile. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
B+ Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists (2018) Ed Bark It's really not too grand a statement about two guys who lived, breathed and emboldened the printed word. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
B+ My Dinner With Hervé (2018) Ed Bark Dinklage excels in a very difficult role to pull off while Dornan keeps pace as his reluctant Boswell. Their love story, is both an entertaining romp and a cautionary tale. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
F The Last Sharknado: It's About Time (2018) Ed Bark It's probably OK to say that airborne sharks again are key to the "story." EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2018
A- What We Started (2017) Ed Bark Bouncing between eras and their various beats, while also playing a few heartstrings down the stretch. It's a trip well worth taking, whether you're a devotee of EDM or a neophyte like myself. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2018
B+ Too Big to Fail (2011) Ed Bark Too Big to Fail effectively follows the money while humanizing most of the moneychangers. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2018
B Perry Como Classics: Till the End of Time (2018) Ed Bark Como's weekly variety hour had a glow and an impact that still resonates with many Baby Boomer kids who since have outlived him, but not his memory. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018
A- John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls (2018) Ed Bark The respect and admiration for the cancer-afflicted POW turned Arizona senator is non-partisan and clearly more than pro forma during this 1 hour, 45 minute film. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2018
B+ The Tale (2018) Ed Bark In this view, its overall story of innocent susceptibility, bogus fulfillment, latter day denial and hard-earned closure triumphs over what Bill does to Jenny in the name of "love." EDIT
Posted May 24, 2018
C- Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Ed Bark The film isn't much of a read, though. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
B+ Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018) Ed Bark HBO's three-and-a-half hour Elvis Presley: The Searcher ... is an evocative documentary without malice. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2018
A- Paterno (2018) Ed Bark The portrayal of Paterno is right up there with Pacino's very best work. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2018
A () Ed Bark In its scope and a mostly impeccable selection of images, quotes and anecdotes (Ho Chi Minh once worked as a New York city pastry chef), The Vietnam War boldly and bravely stands its ground and almost assuredly will stand the test of time. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2017
C Dirty Dancing (2017) Ed Bark The new Dirty Dancing, cast with an eye toward diversity, ends up being neither disastrous or necessary. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2017
B The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) Ed Bark Ninety minutes on the origins of the so-called HeLa cell line sound about as dramatically inviting as a teeth-cleaning. But Winfrey's performance, as Henrietta's tormented youngest daughter, Deborah, is jump-off-the-screen terrific. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2017
A- Maya Angelou and Still I Rise (2016) Ed Bark And Still I Rise mostly soars, though, on the wings of Maya Angelou's own words and recollections. She lived a multifaceted life for the ages, overcoming a wealth of indignities while also rising above her own considerable faults and frailties. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2017
A- Tower (2016) Ed Bark Tower is a vivid snapshot of derangement, heroism, endurance and sometimes admitted cowardice on what remains the most traumatic day in University of Texas history. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2017
A- The Witness for the Prosecution (2016) Ed Bark Although it arguably strings things out a bit too much, this newest Witness is a watchable feast of strong portrayals and mostly sturdy plot threads. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2017
B- Beaches (2017) Ed Bark Lifetime's re-do of Beaches provides a suitably weepy, sometimes sappy, overall entertaining escape. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2017
A Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2016) Ed Bark Bright Lights is a much better way to remember them. It wasn't supposed to double as a requiem, but who knew at the time? EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2017
A The Little Prince (2015) Ed Bark Beautifully and expressively animated, The Little Prince basically is the story of an old man who still acts like a kid and a kid who's being programmed to be an "essential" cog in the grand industrial, soul-deadening scheme of things. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2016
O.J.: Made in America (2016) Ed Bark ESPN's ongoing 5-part, 10-hour O. J.: Made In America documentary series at first brush had the air of redundancy. Instead it's anything but. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2016
A All the Way (2016) Ed Bark This is a riveting film with a bravura performance by Cranston, who's been the signature television actor of the past decade. All the Way again shows there's nothing he can't do -- with the exception of giving a bad performance. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2016
A- Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) Ed Bark Janis: Little Girl Blue vividly and often poignantly revisits her short life -- and hard and fast times. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2016
B Confirmation (2016) Ed Bark Confirmation connects most of the dots of those times while falling short of the dramatic impact left by FX's O.J. Simpson miniseries. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2016
B+ () Ed Bark Jackie Robinson connects all of these dots and gives a far fuller picture of the man than the pedestrian 2013 feature film 42 or 1950's The Jackie Robinson Story, in which Jackie played himself opposite Ruby Dee as Rachel. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2016
B- Bessie (2015) Ed Bark It fleshes out Bessie Smith to a degree but certainly not in full measure. Latifah and Rainey can sure sing out, though. It's a pleasure to watch and hear them wail in a film that otherwise doesn't quite cut it. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2015
C The Unauthorized Full House Story (2015) Ed Bark A few nice turns by Brawith as Saget aren't enough to make The Unauthorized Full House Movie more than a connect-the-dots, dish-a-little-dirt, spoon-a-little-sugar, cut-print diversion. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2015
B+ Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2012) Ed Bark There's no revisionist lionizing here, but plenty of perspective. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2015
C Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015) Ed Bark Given the real-life shark attacks making big news this summer, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! may seem even more redundant than usual. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2015
B- Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas (2014) Ed Bark As holiday newcomers go, this is much better than socks and underwear from Grandma. Just don't expect a shiny new train set. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2014
C- How Murray Saved Christmas (2014) Ed Bark It's way short on charm, labors to be amusing and runs out of gas well before its hour is up. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2014
C+ Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) Ed Bark The overall effect isn't quite intoxicating, and it might be better if you're intoxicated in one form or another. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2014
A- The Normal Heart (2014) Ed Bark The Normal Heart grows in poignancy as characters we've come to know are affected or afflicted by AIDS. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2014
B+ The Address (2014) Ed Bark [It] becomes an instructive and affecting film, although not a true Burns classic. Still, it's nice to him as a fly on the wall in a contemporary setting, with cameras capturing the here and now rather than recycling telling images from long times ago. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2014
A Salinger (2013) Ed Bark Salinger triumphs, though, as an absorbing portrait of a singular man of mystery. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2014
B- Flowers in the Attic (2014) Ed Bark It all seems fairly preposterous until one takes into account that stranger things have happened in real life. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2014
B- Killing Kennedy (2013) Ed Bark Killing Kennedy easily could have been twice its length, the better to add both nuance and context. Instead it's a watchable film with many missing parts, a broadly drawn Classics Illustrated version of what happened and why. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2013
B American Masters: Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin' (2013) Ed Bark What he was really like remains in large part a mystery. In that respect, Hear My Train A Comin' doesn't try to play a gumshoe. Its strengths are Hendrix in action, his guitar on fire whether he set a match to it or not. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2013
C- JFK: The Smoking Gun (2013) Ed Bark It can't be said -- unfortunately -- that Smoking Gun is bereft of any "entertainment" value. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2013
A- Seduced and Abandoned (2013) Ed Bark This one seems to effortlessly breathe on its own as a buddy/buddy "road picture" with scenic pathways, a few dead ends and refreshing breezes throughout. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2013
A- Burton and Taylor (2013) Ed Bark It's a film that asks a lot from West and Bonham Carter, who deliver time and again in roles that could have eaten them alive. Instead we feast. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2013