Movies and Shakers

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Rating Title/Year Author
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
The Kingmaker (2019) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
Grâce à Dieu (2018) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
Midway (2019) Linda and Al Lerner 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! EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Linda and Al Lerner 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 EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Harriet (2019) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
The Hateful Eight (2015) Linda and Al Lerner The Hateful Eight is not just a movie. This is an experience. And that's exactly what Director/Writer Quentin Tarantino was aiming for. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Concussion (2015) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Joy (2015) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
The Revenant (2015) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Sisters (2015) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Carol (2015) Linda and Al Lerner With her striking beauty, sophisticated demeanor, [Cate] Blanchett's amazing characterization lights up the screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Sully (2016) Linda and Al Lerner You're in good hands with [Tom] Hanks and [Clint] Eastwood at the controls. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
War Dogs (2016) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Sausage Party (2016) Linda and Al Lerner This is a film to see with friends who are game for an explicite but smart and clever movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Linda and Al Lerner Director [Stephen] Frears has created a beautifully done film with good costuming, street scenes of old New York and first class performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Parasite (2019) Linda and Al Lerner 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! EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Suicide Squad (2016) Linda and Al Lerner This inaugural episode of a new DC Comics franchise is more tease than satisfying action blockbuster. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Jason Bourne (2016) Linda and Al Lerner [Matt] Damon does due diligence in once again creating an intriguing tortured soul with plenty of physical punishment and lots of action. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Star Trek Beyond (2016) Linda and Al Lerner This is an action-packed film with massive destruction, and interesting relationships, plus some good comedy and positive messages. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Captain Fantastic (2016) Linda and Al Lerner Director Ross has created a tragic story that's handled with tenderness and humor. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Ghostbusters (2016) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
The Infiltrator (2016) Linda and Al Lerner [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. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Life, Animated (2016) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Linda and Al Lerner This is a beautiful film with a lot to look at. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
The BFG (2016) Linda and Al Lerner The BFG should have been more OMG, and maybe a little more LOL but it's still more than A-OK. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
The American Side (2014) Linda and Al Lerner This film deserves to come out of the dark. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Finding Dory (2016) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Time to Choose (2015) Linda and Al Lerner This is a well researched piece on climate change that graphically shows changes that need to be addressed and soon! EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Linda and Al Lerner It's a blockbuster that's also a head scratcher. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Linda and Al Lerner There are plenty of eye catching visuals, but this film is all over the place. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) Linda and Al Lerner It's not as funny as the first film, but if you like the characters, you'll probably like this one. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
The Nice Guys (2016) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Love & Friendship (2016) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
A Bigger Splash (2015) Linda and Al Lerner It is a well crafted film that could have been a little shorter, but there are nuggets of brilliance in the acting. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Money Monster (2016) Linda and Al Lerner Seeing [George] Clooney, [Julia] Roberts and [Jack] O'Connell interact in this tension filled drama is entertaining and thought provoking. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Captain America: Civil War (2016) Linda and Al Lerner 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
The First Monday in May (2016) Linda and Al Lerner This fascinating film has it all. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Sing Street (2016) Linda and Al Lerner Writer/Director John Carney has another winner here. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Mother's Day (2016) Linda and Al Lerner We expect more fun from Garry Marshall, one of our favorite directors. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019