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
87% Hustlers (2019) This is a femme-centric production that manages to be sexy yet never exploitative. Jennifer Lopez still plays the girl from the Bronx, but is surprising as a savvy, greedy, conniving yet nurturing presence. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
26% The Goldfinch (2019) This film is a long, flawed piece of art, but it still manages to hold attention. Despite the poignant performances, from young and older actors, piecing it together becomes somewhat of a tiresome exercise by the end. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
93% Wonder Woman (2017) Not only is Wonder Woman an action film for all ages and genders, but it has a great positive message: no matter how ugly the world gets because of war and dictators, we must be good, protect one another and do right by one other. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Just like the park, it's a fun ride, if not the best of the series. But unlike the park, maybe this ride is a bit too long. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
46% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) If you can settle in and accept the leisurely pace, this film allows Diane Lane to show why she possesses a very elegant but likable persona. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
66% Alien: Covenant (2017) This film pales compared to the original. Still, it is another adventure for Alien fans to go for. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
67% The Fate of the Furious (2017) This film has enough action shot hand held to keep you ducking in your seat, and enough cars being destroyed and fire to keep the sizzle going. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
84% The Lovers (2017) It's worth seeing [Debra] Winger and [Tracey] Letts perform in this well crafted script. The way they move around each other in a kind of dance is fun to watch. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
36% Snatched (2017) [Amy] Schumer and [Goldie] Hawn make for a modern, classic uninhibited comedy team. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
31% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) With Guy Ritchie co-writing and directing King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword, it feels more like he's trying to pull a rabbit out of a hat. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
84% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) This sequel doesn't have as much snappy repartée as the original that made audiences howl and want more. But the [Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2] provide more than enough, in another wild ride. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
86% The Lost City of Z (2017) Percy Fawcett's persistence to follow his obsession continually tests his endurance and resolve. It's worth investing the 2 hour and 20 minutes to find out if he really found his lost city. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
18% Queen of the Desert (2017) Gertrude Bell's story is fascinating and deserves to get a big screen treatment. Unfortunately this is not the movie that does justice to her influence. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
90% Their Finest (2017) Director Lone Scherfig has done a good job touching all the bases down to minute detail. She has created a film with a different perspective on women and war in another era. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
81% Colossal (2017) This has a well structured plotline that mixes dysfunctional people, friendships, monster flicks, and comedy. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
69% Free Fire (2017) Free Fire has a great cast of bad shots in a movie that hits the mark. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
48% Going in Style (2017) [Zach] Braff has not created an Academy Award winner in itself, but the film definitely has it's moments. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
67% Driven (2019) Jason Sudeikis is in the driver's seat throughout this film, not necessarily in a vehicle.He drives the comedy as well as the drama in every scene spouting high speed dialogue. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) This is one killer plot that takes Get Out and US even further. It's filled with characters who have their own version of crazy which turns out to be deadly funny. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
80% Official Secrets (2019) Although the production of this film is fairly clinical and understated, it's a story that is so relevant. The performances are somewhat bland. But there is no question that this is a well-earned tribute to a woman brave enough to be a whistleblower. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
62% It Chapter Two (2019) The special effects are so frequent and over the top that they begin to lose their effectiveness. The lighting or lack thereof on Pennywise's entrances and exits help set a scary tone, but not enough. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
52% The Boss Baby (2017) It's a fun one for the family, with jokes for adults, too. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
62% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Jessica Chastain delivers a moving performance. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
80% T2 Trainspotting (2017) This a raw, gritty sequel that picks the original story and takes it to a new level. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
43% Song to Song (2017) Even though there seemed to be a more discernible storyline here than in previous works like Tree of Life, this film just plods along at a languid pace. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
68% Life (2017) This film takes snakes on a plane to a whole new level. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Director [Bill] Condon has put together a beautiful film with all the elements and more for a new generation. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
81% Personal Shopper (2017) Kristen Stewart shows that she can act in an intense and artsy project so critically acclaimed at film festivals. But we wonder if this was made for audiences or to satisfy the vanity of the filmmakers? - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) It's well directed by Vogt-Roberts, well scripted and shot. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
93% Logan (2017) This is Hugh Jackman's movie all the way and he carries it home with the strength and dignity that fans of the X-Men hope to see. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
26% Table 19 (2017) The cast makes a valiant effort to make this film work, but it's more like a soap opera than a comedy. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
98% Get Out (2017) For those out there who thought we might have entered a post racial society with the election of a Black President, this movie acknowledges that falsehood with both humor and sarcasm. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
36% The Great Wall (2017) The Great Wall is massive and so is everything, but the actors. They are normal size in this film. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
84% A United Kingdom (2017) Despite the feeling that this couple feels a bit too heroic and strong enough to stand up to the Evil Empire, their love story rings true. They make an engaging couple whose faces both shine when on screen together. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Director Chad Stahelski has taken his winning formula of the original John Wick and amped up the car chases, gun battles, and the overall body count. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) It's been 30 years since Baldwin died, but his words still ring true in this powerful film for a new generation. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
90% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) This film follows a young woman's journey to gain confidence and self-respect by taking responsibility for herself. But more important, this film makes Jillian Bell a star we think will be in it for the long run. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
35% A Dog's Purpose (2017) It's a safe family film that's a heart tugger for dog lovers. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
93% Toni Erdmann (2016) As funny as this film is, it is also touching. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
81% The Founder (2017) Business grad students might find seeing this film advantageous and interesting, but for us, it's nostalgic, but not all that tasty. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
83% Silence (2017) This long, painful testimony of faith is Scorsese doing his great filmmaking. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
99% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) [Isabelle] Huppert gives us a great character study, but we thought the end was a let down. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
89% 20th Century Women (2017) This is not a great movie, but it is another one of [Annette] Bening's great performances. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
82% Ben is Back (2018) Lucas [Hedges] delivers another excellent, performance, but Julia Roberts as Holly struggling with her son gives one that is emotionally charged and compelling. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) This film is perhaps the most unusual heartwarming movie we've seen and it's magical in its own way. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
67% Vice (2018) [Adam] McKay's satire creates a Vice that squeezes out laughs through clenched teeth. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Despite some close ups that linger on their subjects too long and a timeline that some will find confusing, this is a film that deserves serious consideration. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) This film tries to be super cool, but it just isn't camp enough to be good. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
34% Welcome to Marwen (2018) There's a good message wrapped around this imaginative, creative, well-structured fairy tale that deals with hate crimes against gays, and women. Hogy and his dames may be plastic, but this movie does show some heart. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Thoroughly enjoyable, this film is sure to become another holiday classic. - Movies and Shakers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019