“Dolittle” is a ridiculously goofy romp into family-friendly fun and frolic. It takes an established character, Dr. John Dolittle, who has been explored in many books and other movies – and gives him a new and updated spin. The main man has been played by Rex Harrison and Eddie Murphy in the past. So now a new actor has been selected to portray the Doctor who can ‘talk to the animals, just imagine it’. Read more
I’m so happy that I sat down to watch this true underdog story. I’ll speak of the child actors by saying that this is an adorable cast that performs sensationally. On set and in the story, they’re put through the ringer and come up with a winner.
“Underwater” is a science-fiction based movie that veers into horror, and it takes a tense route to get there. No matter that the overall premise is bit unrealistic. The idea is that near-future oil drilling can be done at the bottom of the ocean, and at the deepest depths of the Marianas Trench. Read more
“Just Mercy” is a moving and emotional plea to end the death penalty and create a fairer justice system. That sounds like it could be a boring and high-handed attempt to push you to believe one way or another. But in reality, it is a powerful view of Southern poverty and bigotry and how it overwhelms the justice bureaucracy. Read more
There was a time in this country when mental illness wasn’t treated with a very broad brush. Compared to how we look at mental afflictions today, the 1950’s, the era this film is set, was practically the Stone Age.
Based on the novel by Norman Lebrecht, ‘The Song of Names’ is very much the story of a budding rivalry that turns into friendship and mutual respect. Later, it develops into a love that can’t be buried by the absence of body or spirit because the spirit never dies, and as long as we have our memory and recordings, neither does music.
Though he’s quite capable at what he does, Laurence Fishburne has never been a favorite of mine. That said, I did think his performance here stood out above many of his others. As a matter of fact, it’s all of the performances in the film that you’ll walk away remembering the most.
I know the holiday movie for you to see this weekend. Presents have been opened, bellies are full, so it’s time to get out of the house. Since we’re still with the family we’ve been stuck in the house with for the last few days; I suggest you go see ‘Uncut Gems’ with them. I’ll recommend it as a high-grade film.