Movies and Shakers

Movies and Shakers is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Linda and Al Lerner
Rating Title/Year Author
Downhill (2020) Linda and Al Lerner There are pretty shots of ski runs and we were curious to see Ferrell and Louis-Dreyfus work together for the first time... That said, we hope they get the chance to work together again, and scale some greater comedic heights. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Linda and Al Lerner Robbie has this anti-heroine's persona just right, doing disgusting deeds with a big grin. She's even cute! This is one colorful, bad ass female action adventure with an ensemble that will be fun to follow again. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
1917 (2019) Linda and Al Lerner The lasting memories of this film combine the two actors enduring scene after scene of astonishingly wrenching and suspenseful episodes along with the intimate long-shot technique. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Uncut Gems (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Watching Adam Sandler is like watching a sped up version of dodge ball, talking non-stop to justify his every move. And once you get into his rhythm, it's hard to look away. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
Little Women (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Greta Gerwig's realization of this mid 19th century novel proves to be as relevant, relatable, and heartwarming today, and it's not just a chick flick. Writer/Director Gerwig has elegantly visualized, and updated this classic. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
Cats (2019) Linda and Al Lerner It would be more entertaining to see frolicking You Tube kittens than this film of a musical that played better on the stage. You never believe the actors in their roles. It's stilted, pretend acting, diverting your attention to inconsequential things. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Linda and Al Lerner The script by Abrams and Chris Terrio has so much ground to cover that the enterprise becomes a manic exercise trying to fit in plot points while stuffing the screen with hyper-battles, light speed space travel, and audio pounding explosions. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Bombshell (2019) Linda and Al Lerner The title more than lives up to the dual meaning associated with the term. Three stunning blond women took on Fox News and Roger Ailes in a real life dramatization that is both disturbing and enthralling. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Richard Jewell (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Impressive acting performances by Paul Walter Hauser as Jewell, Kathy Bates as his mother and Sam Rockwell as their lawyer get hampered by the ham-handed script pushing Eastwood's conspiracy fixations. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2019
Queen & Slim (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Melina Matsoukas not only fully develops her characters, but the challenges facing the Black community today and attitudes that still have not changed in terms of police brutality and civil rights. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Can't say we're waiting breathlessly for another Jumanji, but this one is entertaining enough, especially with an expanded star-studded cast playing multiple characters working their charms. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
The Aeronauts (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Despite the fact that this story is embellished from what really occurred,it's a great ride with breathtaking cinematic vistas and a breathless landing. We recommend you see if they stick it. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Linda and Al Lerner This film is a work of art and the catalyst for this masterpiece of female filmmaking is lesbian love. It is a sensual, passionate period piece where each frame is visually composed worthy of being put-on display in any gallery. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Heller chose to show who Mister Rogers through the eyes of a skeptic, which is effective in its own way. Even though this is a much darker take, Heller and Hanks do a more than credible job making this a touching, feel-good movie by the end. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Knives Out is Razor sharp! Writer/Director Rian Johnson has assembled a rogues gallery of a lovable hateful family played by A-listers who feasted on this project. This is Rian Johnson's homage to Agatha Christie EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Gorgeous animation and likable sidekick characters can't save this follow-up effort from coming in a distant second to the original. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Waves (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Shults makes this a warning for families. But as a lesson in communication and forgiveness, this difficult to watch film is worth the effort EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Whether you're a car buff or not, this story about friendship and determination is totally engaging, putting you in the driver's seat, pedal to the metal, at nearly 200 mph for a riveting 2 and a half hours. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Linda and Al Lerner In the year of the woman, this is a piece of fluff that relies on action and snide repartée with lots of glamour to sell Charlie's Angels. But strong women don't always turn out a strong movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
The Kingmaker (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Writer/Director Lauren Greenfield spent time in the Philippines and with Imelda and her family showing the now dowager is still living in a dream world surrounded with wealth she stole from her people, while professing her love for them. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
Grâce à Dieu (2018) Linda and Al Lerner This film comes at the subject from a different point of view. It follows the victims as men, and includes the machinations they had to go through to get the hierarchy of the church and police to listen to the charges of abuse. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
Midway (2019) Linda and Al Lerner The storytelling isn't that great, but Emmerich reenacts the battles that put you right in the middle of explosive action with the flyers who changed history. Buckle up! EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Linda and Al Lerner This film does not back down being recognized as a follow-up to Stanley Kubrick's masterful work from 1980. But rather than try to out-do Kubrick, Flanaghan harkens back using the same Outlook setting EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Linda and Al Lerner The contrast in the acting styles of Pacino, De Niro and Pesci are predictable, yet gripping in this mob drama. Director Martin Scorsese is in his element directing this finely tuned 3 and a half hour lavish production. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Original Terminator fans will find a way to like this, despite the obvious shortcomings. What is unusual is the unexpected role reversal. Hamilton is the snarky one and Schwarzenegger is more likable. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Harriet (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Lemmons picked a leading lady loaded with talent to play this important American in a film which has been a long time coming. But, this film is really more of a textbook lesson than an emotional heart tugger. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Linda and Al Lerner This film could have easily become a techie nerd-fest, but Midge Costin, a long time sound editor, makes sure the main message is love for the craft. This documentary about film sound is as intriguing and entertaining as it is informative. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson are brutally antagonistic toward each other in riveting performances as lighthouse keepers in this disturbing but enthralling film enhanced by the austere setting shot in black and white. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
The Hateful Eight (2015) Linda and Al Lerner The Hateful Eight is not just a movie. This is an experience. And that's exactly what Director/Writer Quentin Tarantino was aiming for. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Concussion (2015) Linda and Al Lerner Like a football game, the first quarter of this film is a little slow, but when the hard knocks start coming, Will Smith and Concussion pack an emotional punch. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Joy (2015) Linda and Al Lerner This may not be a great movie, but it is an inspiring story. Joy may not mop up at the box office, but when it comes to acting, it's a clean sweep. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
The Revenant (2015) Linda and Al Lerner Leo DiCaprio has taken this role not only seriously, but to the absolute extreme. It's all in his steel cold blue eyes. And he may finally get his reward for his part in a film that's big, beautiful, bold and cold. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Linda and Al Lerner This is one subversively funny, sarcastic and unnerving satirical comedy trip into Nazi War-Time Germany. Writer/Director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), a self-described Polynesian Jew, walks an artistic tightrope in this venture. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Sisters (2015) Linda and Al Lerner This film feels like a Judd Apatow movie and there are some laughs, but not as many as we expected from these two talented comedians. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Carol (2015) Linda and Al Lerner With her striking beauty, sophisticated demeanor, [Cate] Blanchett's amazing characterization lights up the screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Sully (2016) Linda and Al Lerner You're in good hands with [Tom] Hanks and [Clint] Eastwood at the controls. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Linda and Al Lerner It's clever and funny in parts, and there's plenty of food for thought, but it's also pretty scary by the end of it. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
War Dogs (2016) Linda and Al Lerner Thanks to Jonah Hill and Miles Teller, this film, based on a true story, is funny, disgusting, tense, troubling but it's also very watchable. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Sausage Party (2016) Linda and Al Lerner This is a film to see with friends who are game for an explicite but smart and clever movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Linda and Al Lerner Director [Stephen] Frears has created a beautifully done film with good costuming, street scenes of old New York and first class performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016) Linda and Al Lerner The film is a little slow going in the beginning... But the story of his childhood, service in the military, how he got into show business, creations and collaborations and his marriages include fascinating details. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Parasite (2019) Linda and Al Lerner Beautiful! Brutal! and Brilliant! This Korean comedy thriller is more like two films in one. Director Bong Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer) has carefully thought out this clever take on the haves and have-nots that we'll call US Plus! EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Suicide Squad (2016) Linda and Al Lerner This inaugural episode of a new DC Comics franchise is more tease than satisfying action blockbuster. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Jason Bourne (2016) Linda and Al Lerner [Matt] Damon does due diligence in once again creating an intriguing tortured soul with plenty of physical punishment and lots of action. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Star Trek Beyond (2016) Linda and Al Lerner This is an action-packed film with massive destruction, and interesting relationships, plus some good comedy and positive messages. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Captain Fantastic (2016) Linda and Al Lerner Director Ross has created a tragic story that's handled with tenderness and humor. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Ghostbusters (2016) Linda and Al Lerner We found them all more than capable of taking on the action as well as the comedy. It just could have been put together and paced better, but it's still fun, especially if you see it with a big audience. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
The Infiltrator (2016) Linda and Al Lerner [Brad] Furman have done a great job putting together a film of this true and complicated story about a man who put himself in extremely dangerous situations. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Life, Animated (2016) Linda and Al Lerner Seeing the dedication and patience of Owen [Suskind's] family to help him be as independent as he can be is definitely worthwhile and often very entertaining. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Linda and Al Lerner This is not as well animated and put together as a Disney/Pixar film, nor as smart as the Despicable Me movies, but the animation colorful and the variety of animals and their habits will keep your interest. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019