Linda and Al Lerner

Linda and Al Lerner
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Linda and Al Lerner are members of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC) and the Women Film Critics Circle (WFCC). They have been reviewing film and covering film festivals for more than a decade. Al is a member of SAG/AFTRA. He was Sports Anchor/Feature reporter (ABC?s WLS-TV News-Chicago and radio personality/talk show host at WGN Radio, then syndicated on the USA Radio Network interviewing high profile entertainment, sports newsmakers to authors and politicians. Linda was Assignment Editor/Writer/Producer at CBS? WBBM-TV News (Chicago) and KNBC-TV news in LA. She wrote and produced movie and music features covering junkets for the Radio Network (60 stations nationwide) and Supervising Producer of a children?s musical special for PBS that won 3 Emmys.
Publications: Movies and Shakers

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Whether you're a car buff or not, this story about friendship and determination is totally engaging, putting you in the driver's seat, pedal to the metal, at nearly 200 mph for a riveting 2 and a half hours. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
58% Charlie's Angels (2019) In the year of the woman, this is a piece of fluff that relies on action and snide repartée with lots of glamour to sell Charlie's Angels. But strong women don't always turn out a strong movie. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
96% The Kingmaker (2019) Writer/Director Lauren Greenfield spent time in the Philippines and with Imelda and her family showing the now dowager is still living in a dream world surrounded with wealth she stole from her people, while professing her love for them. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
95% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) This film comes at the subject from a different point of view. It follows the victims as men, and includes the machinations they had to go through to get the hierarchy of the church and police to listen to the charges of abuse. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
42% Midway (2019) The storytelling isn't that great, but Emmerich reenacts the battles that put you right in the middle of explosive action with the flyers who changed history. Buckle up! - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) This film does not back down being recognized as a follow-up to Stanley Kubrick's masterful work from 1980. But rather than try to out-do Kubrick, Flanaghan harkens back using the same Outlook setting - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
95% The Irishman (2019) The contrast in the acting styles of Pacino, De Niro and Pesci are predictable, yet gripping in this mob drama. Director Martin Scorsese is in his element directing this finely tuned 3 and a half hour lavish production. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Original Terminator fans will find a way to like this, despite the obvious shortcomings. What is unusual is the unexpected role reversal. Hamilton is the snarky one and Schwarzenegger is more likable. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
73% Harriet (2019) Lemmons picked a leading lady loaded with talent to play this important American in a film which has been a long time coming. But, this film is really more of a textbook lesson than an emotional heart tugger. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
98% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) This film could have easily become a techie nerd-fest, but Midge Costin, a long time sound editor, makes sure the main message is love for the craft. This documentary about film sound is as intriguing and entertaining as it is informative. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson are brutally antagonistic toward each other in riveting performances as lighthouse keepers in this disturbing but enthralling film enhanced by the austere setting shot in black and white. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
74% The Hateful Eight (2015) The Hateful Eight is not just a movie. This is an experience. And that's exactly what Director/Writer Quentin Tarantino was aiming for. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
59% Concussion (2015) Like a football game, the first quarter of this film is a little slow, but when the hard knocks start coming, Will Smith and Concussion pack an emotional punch. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
61% Joy (2015) This may not be a great movie, but it is an inspiring story. Joy may not mop up at the box office, but when it comes to acting, it's a clean sweep. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
79% The Revenant (2015) Leo DiCaprio has taken this role not only seriously, but to the absolute extreme. It's all in his steel cold blue eyes. And he may finally get his reward for his part in a film that's big, beautiful, bold and cold. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) This is one subversively funny, sarcastic and unnerving satirical comedy trip into Nazi War-Time Germany. Writer/Director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), a self-described Polynesian Jew, walks an artistic tightrope in this venture. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
60% Sisters (2015) This film feels like a Judd Apatow movie and there are some laughs, but not as many as we expected from these two talented comedians. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
94% Carol (2015) With her striking beauty, sophisticated demeanor, [Cate] Blanchett's amazing characterization lights up the screen. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
86% Sully (2016) You're in good hands with [Tom] Hanks and [Clint] Eastwood at the controls. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) It's clever and funny in parts, and there's plenty of food for thought, but it's also pretty scary by the end of it. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
61% War Dogs (2016) Thanks to Jonah Hill and Miles Teller, this film, based on a true story, is funny, disgusting, tense, troubling but it's also very watchable. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
83% Sausage Party (2016) This is a film to see with friends who are game for an explicite but smart and clever movie. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
88% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Director [Stephen] Frears has created a beautifully done film with good costuming, street scenes of old New York and first class performances. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
86% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016) The film is a little slow going in the beginning... But the story of his childhood, service in the military, how he got into show business, creations and collaborations and his marriages include fascinating details. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Beautiful! Brutal! and Brilliant! This Korean comedy thriller is more like two films in one. Director Bong Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer) has carefully thought out this clever take on the haves and have-nots that we'll call US Plus! - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
27% Suicide Squad (2016) This inaugural episode of a new DC Comics franchise is more tease than satisfying action blockbuster. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
55% Jason Bourne (2016) [Matt] Damon does due diligence in once again creating an intriguing tortured soul with plenty of physical punishment and lots of action. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
86% Star Trek Beyond (2016) This is an action-packed film with massive destruction, and interesting relationships, plus some good comedy and positive messages. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
82% Captain Fantastic (2016) Director Ross has created a tragic story that's handled with tenderness and humor. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
74% Ghostbusters (2016) We found them all more than capable of taking on the action as well as the comedy. It just could have been put together and paced better, but it's still fun, especially if you see it with a big audience. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
72% The Infiltrator (2016) [Brad] Furman have done a great job putting together a film of this true and complicated story about a man who put himself in extremely dangerous situations. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
94% Life, Animated (2016) Seeing the dedication and patience of Owen [Suskind's] family to help him be as independent as he can be is definitely worthwhile and often very entertaining. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
73% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) This is not as well animated and put together as a Disney/Pixar film, nor as smart as the Despicable Me movies, but the animation colorful and the variety of animals and their habits will keep your interest. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) This is a beautiful film with a lot to look at. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
75% The BFG (2016) The BFG should have been more OMG, and maybe a little more LOL but it's still more than A-OK. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
79% The American Side (2016) This film deserves to come out of the dark. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
94% Finding Dory (2016) Even though we didn't find it necessary to break out the hankies for this one there are lots of laughs, particularly in the first half of the film. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
86% Time To Choose (2016) This is a well researched piece on climate change that graphically shows changes that need to be addressed and soon! - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
78% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) This movie sets the standard for contemporary parody. Even if you've never heard of Justin Bieber or watched an episode of the self serving "reporting" on TMZ you'll still find lots to laugh at. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
47% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) It's a blockbuster that's also a head scratcher. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) There are plenty of eye catching visuals, but this film is all over the place. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
63% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) It's not as funny as the first film, but if you like the characters, you'll probably like this one. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
93% The Nice Guys (2016) The growing partnership between [Russell] Crowe and [Ryan] Gosling is fun to see develop especially when it begins with repeated punches and a broken arm. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
97% Love & Friendship (2016) It takes a little time to acclimate yourself to the stylized language and the fast pace at which the dialogue comes at you. Once you get into the rhythm and get involved in the subterfuge, this is a smart, funny film. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
90% A Bigger Splash (2016) It is a well crafted film that could have been a little shorter, but there are nuggets of brilliance in the acting. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
59% Money Monster (2016) Seeing [George] Clooney, [Julia] Roberts and [Jack] O'Connell interact in this tension filled drama is entertaining and thought provoking. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
91% Captain America: Civil War (2016) It's hard to get all the characters involved without making it confusing, but Directors [Anthony] Russo and [Joe] Russo did their homework and a pretty good job. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
78% The First Monday in May (2016) This fascinating film has it all. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
95% Sing Street (2016) Writer/Director John Carney has another winner here. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
6% Mother's Day (2016) We expect more fun from Garry Marshall, one of our favorite directors. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019