The Lion King (PG) ★★★

The Return of the King

For those who have never seen the 1994 Disney animated masterpiece The Lion King, they are most certainly living under, let’s say, Pride Rock. The film remains one of … Read more

“Being Frank” (R)★★★

 

Jim Gaffigan Plays a Dramatic Role, Although He’s Still Very Funny!

Jim Gaffigan stars as Frank who is living a lie, he has two separate families, that each don’t know about the other…until his … Read more

Wine Country (R) ★★½

Sideways + Bridesmaids = Wine Country?

Inspired by real vacations, Amy Poehler makes her directional debut with Netflix’s Wine Country. The comedy kicks off with a conference call featuring six women discussing a future reunion … Read more

Rocketman (R) ★★★½ Radio Podcast

“Rocketman” is a musical fantasy, of Elton John’s breakthrough years. Taron Egerton plays Elton with flamboyant style and exuberance. He also uses his own singing voice to take us down memory lane. The film gives … Read more

Booksmart (R) ★★★½

High School Female Honor Students Break Some Rules

Olivia Wilde’s directing debut is actually ‘smart,’ and savvy, and silly—just the right ingredients for a sure-fire comedic hit. The best friend duo, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and … Read more

Aladdin (PG) ★★½

Sadly, Mistakes Ground “Aladdin” From Ever Taking Flight

Disney’s recycling of their animated classic films, is fine with me, especially if an updated script showcases noteworthy performances—sadly, for all the spot-on ethnic casting, and memorable … Read more

The Hustle (PG-13) ★★★

Girls’ Night Rental Potential

The premise of The Hustle, which involves dueling con artists in the French Riviera may seem eerily familiar to some moviegoers. Indeed, the comedy is essentially a remake Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Read more

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (PG) ★★½

Solid Storytelling is Greatly Needed

The excitement is over as the first Pokémon feature that pairs the animated Japanese characters with live actors is finally here—although unfortunately to fully comprehend the film, one needs to … Read more

Long Shot (R) ★★★★

Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron Make a Memorable Couple

Pairing Seth Rogen’s slouchy dresser, Fred Flarsky, an unapologetic, gonzo journalist with Charlize Theron’s glamorous, Charlotte Field, a driven successful Secretary of State who has her … Read more

Avengers: Endgame (PG-13) ★★★½

“Avengers Endgame” at its best—illustrates the qualities of being a true hero—all while Marvel’s greatest cinematic hits are warmly and entertainingly revisited! “Endgame” is a culmination of 22 Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films debuting in … Read more

The Public (PG-13) ★★★½

Check Out “The Public” at a Theater Near You, Offering Over Due Enlightenment

My younger sister, Martha, a former librarian told me a few years ago that it’s common for homeless people to come into … Read more

Amazing Grace (G)★★★★

The Voice of an Angel Takes Us to Church

Be prepared to be lifted-up—quite possibly to the heavens—by merely viewing this euphoric musical performance by the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. Never before seen footage … Read more

Shazam! (PG-13) ★★★½

A Good-Natured Superhero with Loads of Heart

Shazman is the new ‘superhero kid on the block’ as Zachary Levi’s energetic, yet heartfelt performance nails his DC character for years to come! Finally, the DC Universe … Read more

Dumbo (PG) ★½

Non-kid Centered, Lacks Heart

Though the 1941 original “Dumbo” movie is very short, 64 minutes, and full of racist innuendos, that darling flying, big-eared baby elephant is hard to resist—so it makes perfect sense that … Read more

Captain Marvel (PG-13) ★★★

Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel Serves as a Role Model for Female Empowerment

“Captain Marvel” stars Brie Larson, Academy Award winner (“Room” 2015), as Carol Danvers, the first female superhero from Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films—yes; … Read more

Apollo 11 ★★★★

Brilliantly Realized, Stunningly Gorgeous “Apollo 11” Soars

“Apollo 11” is a visual delicacy to be savored long after the extensive credits roll—unlike most documentaries where talking head interviews and newspaper clippings are the main source—director/editor … Read more