Movies and Shakers

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Rating Title/Year Author
The Farewell (2019) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Phil (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Greg Kinnear directs himself as a dentist with suicidal tendencies in a bizarre dark comedy. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Sword of Trust (2019) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Stuber (2019) Linda and Al Lerner In the future, Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista will act in better movies than this. We look forward to sharing one of those rides. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Director Jon Watts is back to take on the challenge and try as he might, he doesn't completely capture the fun vibe of the first movie. Though good eye candy, this film is uneven, disjointed and jumbled. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Himesh Patel may never be a rock star and this movie may not rock your world, but it's a pleasant trip down Abbey Road. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Sweden may be one of the happiest places on Earth, but Australian Writer/Director, Ari Aster(Hereditary), shows us the most disturbing bunch of blondes you could ever imagine. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
Ophelia (2018) Linda and Al Lerner This is a very different take on Shakespeare's Hamlet. But the production design, cinematography and the performances of Ridley and Watts make this a film worth watching. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Fascinating life story of baseball player turned WWII spy, including his encounter with Albert Einstein offering to teach Moe mathematics if he would teach Einstein baseball. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Echo in the Canyon (2018) Linda and Al Lerner Amazing access to the mid '60s music heroes who changed music forever helps the plodding pace of this extraordinary film. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Linda and Al Lerner In this gritty, but picturesque, dramatic fantasy, Jimmie reminds those who complain and whine about life in our troubled metropolis' saying "You can't hate a place unless you love it first." EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Being Frank (2018) Linda and Al Lerner You expect Jim Gaffigan to make you laugh, but this, his first lead role, is serious. It's a dramedy. One we think could have had both more comedy and more drama. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Shaft (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Samuel L. Jackson seems to have more fun than any actor should playing Shaft again. There is plenty of action and a high body count, but some rock solid urban comedy as well. And you get the benefit of not one, but 3 generations of Shafts. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Linda and Al Lerner We all grew up with Woody, Buzz, Bo Peep and their buddies. The new characters are just as fun. They all show true emotion so well, that will tug at your heart and even draw a tear. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Overall, Men in Black: International is a growing list of summer blockbuster disappointments with sequel-itis. Anyone who sees thisMIB definitely needs to be neuralyzied before even considering seeing another one hit the screen. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
A Star Is Born (2018) Linda and Al Lerner This film has it all, and the performances are beyond expectations. Cooper was already an excellent actor, but he has set a high bar for himself now as a director. And this will not be the last time you will see Lady Gaga acting in a lead role. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
Halston (2019) Linda and Al Lerner It is fascinating to see footage collected by Director Frédéric Tcheng (Dior and I) showing Halston's incredible ability to look at a piece of cloth and, with just scissors, cut it into an elegant piece of perfect couture. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Linda and Al Lerner This film is packed with priceless old films and informative interviews. Alice's films were so ahead of her time in themes and technique that it boggles the mind why we didn't know her name until now. Green's research and presentation are impressive. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Late Night (2019) Linda and Al Lerner This is a good but not great movie that makes a necessary statement about the lack of diversity and need for more women in corporations as well as in entertainment. There were some cute and funny moments but we wish there had been more jokes. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Linda and Al Lerner This film is not the installment that will spark a new crop of X-Men fans. This is one Phoenix that doesn't deserve to rise again. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Pavarotti (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Whether you like opera or not, this film is an interesting study of how Pavarotti became a super star. Howard uses videos of Pavarotti singing on stage that are so close and personal, you can literally count the opera star's teeth. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
() Linda and Al Lerner This film is a graphic example of opposites attract and who better to watch play those than Blythe Danner and John Lithgow. The pace is slow and the story is simple reflecting to the action or inaction of seniors trying to cope. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Ma (2019) Linda and Al Lerner This is not a great film, but Spencer is worth watching in an unexpected turn. Her reactions to Ma's revenge filled successes and failures keep you guessing and squirming in your seats. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Linda and Al Lerner This Godzilla falls flatter than the buildings he and other monsters crush around Fenway Park. Action fans are the only ones who can rejoice seeing this hyper-active second offering starring the super-size reptile with a cold heart of gold. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Linda and Al Lerner While Elton John's life may not have always been a fantasy, Taron Egerton has humanized and lionized him at the same time. Rocketman takes Egerton's star to new heights. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Females own the screen, from director to writers to actors, following 2 academic nerds who decide it's time to go "Wilde" in this hilarious comedy...Booksmart is just plain smart. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Parents will take the kids out of nostalgia, but be disappointed with the results. The saying, "Everything old is new again" may work sometimes...but not for this live action version. This carpet ride never takes off. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
The Souvenir (2019) Linda and Al Lerner A young woman's struggle with her art and love is exacerbated in this well forged, but depressing British drama. Joanna Hogg wrote and directed this autobiographical script which exposes a self-destructive, addictive relationship. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
All Is True (2018) Linda and Al Lerner Branaugh directs, acts and researched every minute detail of the Bard's life meticulously. He presents it beautifully in this enlightening, but slow moving film about his neglected relationship with his family. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Linda and Al Lerner There is so much murder and it happens so fast that you're left with admiration for the dance rather than what is happening to the dancers. You have to give credit for the extraordinarily creative ways to fend off Wick's constant flow of enemies. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Tolkien (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Finnish Director Dome Karukoski recreates the events of Tolkien's early life but gives too little time to his creative process. Tolkien's books were magical, but this film doesn't make his fantasy world as accessible on film as we would have liked. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
The Hustle (2019) Linda and Al Lerner The Hustle could and should have been a platform for these two talented actresses and an acclaimed Director to make some pointed social commentary with wit, charm and laughs. Instead we get a movie beneath them and a good argument to not do remakes. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Meeting Gorbachev (2018) Linda and Al Lerner Herzog develops an easy, open relationship with Gorbachev which allows him to ask intimate questions beyond the nuts and bolts of history. It's always a pleasure to watch Herzog at work as an interviewer.. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
If the Dancer Dances (2018) Linda and Al Lerner Director Maia Wechsler and her editor Mary Manhardt stayed on point with a difficult editing job to make this film hang together. It is almost too repititious...If you're not into dance particularly modern dance, this might not be for you. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
The White Crow (2018) Linda and Al Lerner Fiennes plucked a dancer who looks like Nureyev for the role, but Ukrainian ballet star Oleg Ivenko never acted before and it shows. Graceful when he dances, Ivenko is a little stiff acting in what should have been a more emotional drama. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
UglyDolls (2019) Linda and Al Lerner With so much talent, good music and messages, we wish this colorful film had been better...Even Clarkson and Monae in a duet for the big finish "Unbreakable" does not stand out. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Linda and Al Lerner "Short people make the best lovers." according to 4' 7", 90 year-old sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Director Ryan White exposes this energetic woman with personality to burn just by letting her talk which she does incessantly... EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
Hail Satan? (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Though perhaps not quite as over-the-top outrageous as her previous projects, Hail Satan? still has some jaw-dropping, laugh-out-loud moments following the followers of Satanism...Hail Satan? is a hail of a thought-provoking good time. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Linda and Al Lerner The unlikely pairing of Charlize Theron with Seth Rogen proves hilariously that politics makes strange bedfellows...the chemistry between Theron and Rogen works. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
Stockholm (2018) Linda and Al Lerner This film is very uneven. At times you're rooting for Lars and Gunnar. At other times, you've had enough and want it to end. Hawke and Rapace are fun to watch playing against each other. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Red Joan (2018) Linda and Al Lerner Dame Judi Dench is compelling as a spy in this drama, but we wish this film, billed as a thriller, had been more exciting. It's more of an anti-war film, but told through the life and romantic liaisons of a young woman... EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Linda and Al Lerner Exceptional acting helps this film about a made-up, gender-bending, genius author that never existed, but, unfortunately, this film leaves no lasting impression. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Millions of us have invested countless hours and billions of dollars in these MCU movies so the outcome holds cosmic consequence.The payoff here is considerable and a worthy conclusion to this enormous part of the franchise. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Amazing Grace (2018) Linda and Al Lerner But the hand held video up close on Aretha's face while she is in The Zone affords an intimate window to her devotion to the words she's singing. Her voice is so pure. Seeing Aretha rise in this film, you can't help but be inspired. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Linda and Al Lerner This is a much lighter portrayal of Emily Dickinson than Cynthia Nixon gave in A Quiet Passion. Molly Shannon makes her Emily more open, passionate, human and even funny. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
Teen Spirit (2018) Linda and Al Lerner We knew Elle Fanning could act, but can she sing? She excels at both and despite the predictable story line, her performance overcomes the shortcoming leading to a sensational climax. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Penguins (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Fothergill and Wyatt Wilson followed these creatures for 4 years and they take you up close and personal with this most entertaining and engaging waddler and the rest of the colony. ...Steve will melt your heart. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
Her Smell (2018) Linda and Al Lerner It's inevitable this film will be compared to the recent Vox Lux starring Natalie Portman who also plays an unhinged, past-her-prime rock diva...Moss just grabs you by the throat and won't let you turn away. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019