“Book Club” – From Between the Covers and Up on the Silver Screen

In a clever bit of brand extension, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is the book chosen by a quartet of ladies of a certain age. No doubt Universal Pictures and Vintage Books was pleased ... Continue Reading →

Tully – Charlize Theron Shines as a Mom Visited by a Remarkable Nanny not Named Mary Poppins

Jason Reitman made his mark with several thoughtful films, including “Thank You for Smoking,” “Juno,” and “Up in the Air.” His dad Ivan helmed comedy blockbusters like “Ghostbusters,” ... Continue Reading →

Avengers: Infinity War– The Marvel Universe Continues to Expand

I admittedly came late to the world of Marvel; I was not a comic book kid and I held back as the movies came out. The superhero films of several decades ago were mostly mediocre, but ... Continue Reading →

Isle of Dogs – Wes Anderson’s Film Annoys Like a Puppy That Won’t Stop Barking

Wes Anderson has established himself over the years with some very clever films. The ambition in several of the films is matched by the execution, resulting in gems like “The Royal ... Continue Reading →

The Death of Stalin

From the mind of Armando Iannucci comes another clever political satire. I first encountered his clever approach to film making at Sundance, where his “In the Loop” gathered understandable ... Continue Reading →

A Wrinkle in Time Folds In On Itself

This book’s journey to the silver screen has been long and fraught with peril. Loved by many, the memory may be more cast in amber. When read as an adult, the book loses much of its ... Continue Reading →

Red Sparrow

The title refers to the spy school the Russians used to train their femmes fatale. Jennifer Lawrence’s statuesque demeanor is well-suited for the role of Dominika Egorova, a former ... Continue Reading →

“Game Night” For a Post-Valentine’s Day Date

We have been pulling out board games for years, and “Settlers of Catan” is the current choice. But the occasional murder mystery party livens things up, so we were looking forward ... Continue Reading →