St. Paul Pioneer Press
It's clear Gordon and his writing team adore Carpenter's vision and they made wise choices in honoring it.
Posted Oct 18, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018)
What ultimately makes "A Star Is Born" such a pleasure is that it works on every level - the direction, the acting, the music, the casting.
Posted Oct 3, 2018
Night School (2018)
A little more Haddish would have been welcome, thank you very much.
Posted Sep 27, 2018
If you can get past the fussiness, you'll like it.
Posted Sep 20, 2018
The Little Stranger (2018)
"The Little Stranger" makes good on its creepy promise. All you need to enjoy it is a little patience.
Posted Aug 30, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
See this movie you must. Maybe you won't fall in love, but you'll for sure want to go steady for a while - at least for the two hours you're in the theater.
Posted Aug 16, 2018
The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)
What "The Spy Who Dumped Me" makes abundantly clear is that the movies do not know what to do with McKinnon's energy and comedic skills.
Posted Aug 2, 2018
You might want to get your blood pressure checked before you see it.
Posted Jul 26, 2018
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
"Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" proves conclusively that Pierce Brosnan can't sing. Or dance. Which makes him perfect for the original musical and its sequel.
Posted Jul 19, 2018
The King (2018)
A fascinating look at a fascinating icon.
Posted Jul 12, 2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
It's like the movie-going equivalent of a beach read.
Posted Jul 3, 2018
While it's got its faults, "Fallen Kingdom" provides plenty of thrills.
Posted Jun 21, 2018
The situations in which they find themselves are often crazy hilarious - if you like cartoonish, slapstick violence a la the Three Stooges. Generally, I'm not a fan, but there's a good-natured quality that elevates it all to the level of hijinks.
Posted Jun 14, 2018
Ocean's 8 (2018)
In a summer of heist movies, this is the fun one to see.
Posted Jun 6, 2018
Book Club (2018)
It's Keaton and Bergen who carry the film (and to a lesser extent, Mary Steenburgen), and the two of them are funny, charming and believable.
Posted May 17, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
It's merely a solidly made, fun adventure in the company of familiar characters.
Posted May 15, 2018
Life of the Party (2018)
I'm pretty sure you have better things to do.
Posted May 10, 2018
It tackles subject matter that seldom finds its way to the big screen and does it thoughtfully. It's not what I expected to see, but it's just maybe something I needed to see.
Posted May 3, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
After 2.5 hours of watching superheroes battle dark forces, I'm exhausted. And elated.
Posted Apr 26, 2018
I Feel Pretty (2018)
I Feel Pretty's heart is in the right place, but it kind of forgot the funny along the way.
Posted Apr 19, 2018
A Quiet Place (2018)
An edge-of-your-seat family drama that just happens to have monsters.
Posted Apr 5, 2018
Soderbergh uses, to great effect, techniques any fan of ghost-hunting TV shows will recognize - and all on an iPhone 7 Plus! He also stays close to the actors, ratcheting up the tension even more.
Posted Mar 22, 2018
Love, Simon (2018)
Doesn't everybody deserve a great love story?
Posted Mar 15, 2018
Oh Lucy! (2018)
Equal parts funny and tragic. It sticks with you long after you've seen it.
Posted Mar 8, 2018
Fargo is the best movie ever made in Minnesota. Also the meanest.
Posted Mar 4, 2018
It's tapes of an interview Forbes reporter Fleming Meeks conducted with her around 1990 that give the documentary a much needed jolt. We get to hear about her life in her own words.
Posted Mar 1, 2018
Red Sparrow (2018)
A roller coaster of twists and turns, crosses and double-crosses, some of which strain belief but are entertaining in an "Oh, now I get it!" kind of way.
Posted Mar 1, 2018
Game Night (2018)
"Game Night" gets it right.
Posted Feb 22, 2018
Black Panther (2018)
"Black Panther" is so worth the hype.
Posted Feb 15, 2018
Peter Rabbit (2018)
You're sure to have a hoppin' good time.
Posted Feb 7, 2018
"Hostiles" is billed as a Western, but don't expect a shoot 'em up, even though there's plenty of gunfire. There's a lot to think about here, and none of it is easy.
Posted Jan 25, 2018
The Post (2018)
Ultimately, "The Post" is about abuse of power at the highest levels and accountability, which couldn't be more timely.
Posted Jan 11, 2018
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Disney found a true "Star Wars" champion in Johnson and I'm eager to see what he does when he's able to craft the next trilogy from scratch.
Posted Dec 12, 2017
The Disaster Artist (2017)
It's based on a true story, but you will shake your head in disbelief - in a good way.
Posted Nov 30, 2017
What kids, and yes, adults, too, will respond to is the eye-popping color, fast pace, music and the humor. But don't forget, parents, that this is a movie about death. Coco doesn't shy away from it, and there are sad moments, too.
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Justice League (2017)
"Justice League" has its moments (when asked what his superpower is, Batman replies, "I'm rich.") but bottom line? It's no Thor.
Posted Nov 16, 2017
Murder On The Orient Express (2017)
Too. Much. Talking.
Posted Nov 9, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
It's a thrill a minute, which is a lot of thrills for a running time of 130 minutes.
Posted Nov 2, 2017
Loving Vincent (2017)
The amount of effort that went to this movie is mind-blowing.
Posted Oct 19, 2017
Battle of the Sexes (2017)
It's worthwhile, but there's a lot more to this story.
Posted Sep 28, 2017
It shows that people aren't always prepared to play the roles the public wants them to play.
Posted Sep 20, 2017
However strange you've heard "Mother!" is, I guarantee it is much stranger.
Posted Sep 14, 2017
Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017)
The movie works better than any comedy with this many nosebleeds has a right to.
Posted Aug 31, 2017
Logan Lucky (2017)
I think that's a big part of what makes Logan Lucky a very fun movie: You're lost, you're lost, you're lost -- and then it all makes so much sense that you feel like you should have known what was happening all along.
Posted Aug 16, 2017
If a fact-based drama like "Detroit" succeeds or fails based on how well it illuminates some of the events that brought us to where we are now, then I'd call it a resounding success.
Posted Aug 3, 2017
Atomic Blonde (2017)
I suspect the plot of "Atomic Blonde" doesn't quite track, but with all the back-and-forth and double-agenting, it's possible not to notice.
Posted Jul 27, 2017
See it on the biggest screen you can find.
Posted Jul 20, 2017
It's a beautiful, and often suspenseful, drama.
Posted Jul 13, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Within seconds of meeting these characters, I got past the feeling that another Spider-Man seemed premature. Heck, when a superhero is as much fun as the one in "Homecoming," he's always welcome.
Posted Jul 6, 2017
The Big Sick (2017)