Category: Reviews

Movie and Theatre Reviews

Documentary Review: ‘Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story’

Director Steve Sullivan, uses old footage and Sievey's own archives to paint an inspiring story of someone, who, no matter what the consequences, forged his own path in the world.

Movie Review: ‘All Square’ Starring Michael Kelly

Kelly is terrific and shows a real flair for the kind of low-key comedy in the film.

Documentary Review: ‘Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio?’

The film is oddly motivating, yet after all the soul-searching and all the interviews, we're left with an ending that's a bit abrupt. But, the lead-up, like his life, is what's really the point.

Play Review: Lucy Kirkwood’s ‘The Children’

Kirkwood paints a vivid picture. You can visualize the cabin and her dialogue is brisk and reveal so much about her characters.

Movie Review: Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’

Characters and story blend together seamlessly and Ryan Coogler's terrific Black Panther.

Movie Review: ’12 Strong’ Starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and Michael Pena

Pena and Shannon are the ones who always jolt up every scene. Unfortunately, there's not enough of them to make and entertaining evening.

Theatre Review: ‘Hamilton’ at San Diego Civic Theatre

If you're wondering whether or not Hamilton lives up to its hype, worry no more. It does. It absolutely does.

Movie Review: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep

Spielberg might be the only director working today who could have taken this story, that is sometimes full of hard to comprehend facts and make it exciting and taught, leaving you on the edge of your seat.

Movie Review: Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ Starring Matt Damon

Chau is the one to watch. She's a flat out scene-stealer here.

Movie Review: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Ryan Johnson deserves all the credit in the world for delivering this terrific Jedi to the storied franchise. Let's have him direct all of the other ones going forward, shall we?

Movie Review: ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’

Based on the book by Peter Turner that tells his story of life with Grahame. Turner (Jamie Bell) was a young actor in Liverpool when he met and began a relationship with the once famous film star, played by Annette Bening.

Play Review: Stephen Karam’s ‘Speech and Debate’

The only thing wrong with Steven Karam's new play, Speech & Debate, is that you might wish it would continue for another scene or two.

Movie Review: ‘The Night Watchmen’

If you can't have fun watching The Night Watchmen, there may be no hope for you.

Movie Review: ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ Starring Denzel Washington

As Israel, Washington takes on his most difficult role to date and leaves no doubt that he's one of the best actors working today.

Movie Review: ‘Justice League’

It's a shame that they went with such a bland story but for what it is, it's a marked improvement.

Movie Review: Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

Branagh is terrific as Poirot. The character can see things mere mortals can't and you can just see the machinations of his brain working as he eyes each passenger.

Movie Review: George Clooney’s ‘Surburbicon’ Starring Matt Damon

Surburbicon is the best Elmore Leonard movie that's not written by Elmore Leonard. It's probably even better.

Movie Review: ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’

It’s always interesting to find out the backstory and creation of a character that you grew up with, especially one that is as beloved as Winnie the Pooh. Who’s parent’s didn’t read them the adventures of Pooh, Piglet, Eeeyore, Tigger and Christopher Robin? And who hasn’t seen the who hasn’t seen the Disney movies at least a hundred times? Domhnall Gleeson plays A.A. Milne, a successful playwright, who at the beginning of the film goes off to war. He does it for completely altruistic reasons, thinking this will be the last world war, that this one ill save and transform ... Read more

Movie Review: ‘Una’ Starring Ben Mendelsohn and Rooney Mara

Director Andrews has made an impressive film debut with this taught, crisp work.