The Lineup: The Films We’re Eyeing this June

By Tom Moore and Valerie Kalfrin The summer movie season is finally here and while there aren’t a lot of big blockbusters on our list, there are plenty of films worth checking out. From some breakout directorial debuts with plenty of awards potential to streaming service films starring some notable talents, there’s plenty of big films worth looking at in June. Not to mention, a … Continue reading The Lineup: The Films We’re Eyeing this June

The Lineup: The Films We’re Eyeing this May

By Tom Moore and Valerie Kalfrin May features a wide range of releases that touch on different female-directed films from around the globe. From documentaries touching on true-crime and the history of an acclaimed artist to some star-studded originals that’ll surely hook wide audiences, May definitely has it all. There’s even a team-up between Jennifer Lopez and “Mulan” director Niki Caro that’s set to be … Continue reading The Lineup: The Films We’re Eyeing this May

Film Review: The Magician’s Elephant

Year: 2023 Runtime: 99 minutes Director: Wendy Rogers Writers: Martin Hynes (Screenplay by), Kate DiCamillo (based on the book by) Actors: Noah Jupe, Brian Tyree Henry, Mandy Patinkin, Natasia Demetriou, Benedict Wong By Tom Moore The directorial debut of Wendy Rogers, “The Magician’s Elephant,” is a quaint, animated tale about the seemingly impossible being possible that’s easy to like even if it suffers from some … Continue reading Film Review: The Magician’s Elephant

Film Review: Netflix’s Your Place or Mine

Year: 2022 Runtime: 92 minutes Director: Aline Brosh McKenna Writers: Aline Brosh McKenna Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Chao,  Jesse Williams, Tig Notaro, Wesley Kimmel, Steve Zahn By Tom Moore Although Netflix’s new romcom “Your Place or Mine” features a star-studded cast and a seasoned writer in the genre in Aline Brosh McKenna, who also makes her directorial debut here, it’s remarkably disappointing. The … Continue reading Film Review: Netflix’s Your Place or Mine

Film Review: Do Revenge

Year: 2022 Runtime: 118 minutes Director: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson Writers: Celeste Ballard, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson Actors: Camila Mendes, Maya Hawke, Austin Abrams, Ava Capri, Rish Shah, Alisha Boe, J.D. By Tom Moore It needs to be acknowledged that writer/director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson is quickly becoming a must-watch force with all the great work she’s been putting out. Not only has she co-written films like “Thor: … Continue reading Film Review: Do Revenge

Film Review: Bubble

Year: 2022 Runtime: 100 Minutes Directors: Tetsuro Araki Writers: Gen Urobuchi, Naoko Sato, Renji Oki Voice Stars: Jun Shison, Riria, Alice Hirose, Mamoru Miyano, Yuki Kaji By Tom Moore The newest film from Wit Studio (“Attack on Titan”) and director Tetsuro Araki (“Death Note”, “Attack on Titan”), “Bubble” (2022), is a flowing fantasy adventure full of visually epic action taking place in a beautifully realized … Continue reading Film Review: Bubble

Klaus Review: Animated April

Wanting to watch something to feel the spirit of Christmas is how I ended up watching “Klaus” (2019) the first time. It ended up being a film that we all loved and deemed eminently re-watchable. This film has all the makings of a new Christmas Classic to be enjoyed by the whole family. It steps away from the traditional tales of how the legend of Santa Claus came to be and creates an entirely new story that still manages to explain the toy-making, the sleigh, the reindeer, the naughty list, the red suit, and, of course, the timeless tradition of Letters to Santa. This film further subverts other Christmas Classics because the central character is not Santa Claus but the new local postman, Jesper (Jason Schwartzman). Continue reading Klaus Review: Animated April

Review: “Bruised”

Year: 2020 Runtime: 129 minutes Director: Halle Berry Writer: Michelle Rosenfarb Actors: Halle Berry, Sheila Atim, Adriane Lenox, Adan Canto, Danny Boyd Jr. By Valerie Kalfrin Halle Berry has often been a fighter. She leaped from TV shows to feature films after she persuaded director Spike Lee that she had the grit to play a crack addict in 1991’s “Jungle Fever.” As an executive producer … Continue reading Review: “Bruised”