James Wan’s “Malignant” is Magnificently Brutal (Review)

Over the course of his directorial career, James Wan has launched the successful horror franchises for “Saw,” “Insidious,” and “The Conjuring.” His latest effort is unlikely to spawn any sequels (famous last words for this genre, I know), but it does deliver a wildly imaginative and terrifically blood-soaked thrill ride. Annabelle Wallis (“Peaky Blinders”) starsContinue reading “James Wan’s “Malignant” is Magnificently Brutal (Review)”

Spike Lee Tackles 9/11 Anniversary and Much More in HBO Doc Series (Review)

Spike Lee has been directing for over 35 years. In addition to his many feature films, he has released multiple documentaries for HBO over the years including the Oscar-nominated “4 Little Girls” and last year’s stage recording of “David Byrne’s American Utopia.” After Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, he won three Emmys for “When theContinue reading “Spike Lee Tackles 9/11 Anniversary and Much More in HBO Doc Series (Review)”

“MR. SOUL!” Now Streaming on HBO Max (Review)

I hope that, by now, you have taken some time to sit down and watch Questlove’s magnificent documentary “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” on Hulu. If you enjoyed that film as much as I did, you’re also going to want to add Melissa Haizlip’s monumental “MR. SOUL!” to yourContinue reading ““MR. SOUL!” Now Streaming on HBO Max (Review)”

Tribeca 2021: “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” (Review)

Anthony Bourdain rose to fame after his bestselling book “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly” was released in 2000. By that point, he had already spent over two decades working in restaurants all over New York City. As a celebrity chef he was reluctant, but it did open the door to opportunities he previouslyContinue reading “Tribeca 2021: “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” (Review)”

Almodovar’s English-language “The Human Voice” Streaming Now on HBO Max (Review)

I’ve been a huge fan of Pedro Almodovar’s work since I saw his Academy Award-nominated 1988 film “Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown” as a teenager. Prolific and always provocative, the Spanish director has never made a feature film in English, but now he has delivered a rather experimental 30-minute film that is.Continue reading “Almodovar’s English-language “The Human Voice” Streaming Now on HBO Max (Review)”

“Godzilla vs. Kong” is a Quickly Forgotten Battle (Review)

There were a few reasons why I was looking forward to checking out “Godzilla vs. Kong.” For starters, 2017’s “Kong: Skull Island” was legitimately pretty damn fun to watch and gave a great cast the opportunity to ham it up against some beautiful locations and solid effects work. Full disclosure: I have not seen theContinue reading ““Godzilla vs. Kong” is a Quickly Forgotten Battle (Review)”

COVID-19 Documentary “The Last Cruise” Hits HBO Max (Review)

Before most of us were even aware of the dangers presented by COVID-19, a group of cruise ship passengers and crew members were trapped in a living nightmare. The first cases of coronavirus were reported in late-December 2019. The Diamond Princess set sail from Yokohama, Japan to begin a trip across Southeast Asia on January 20, 2020. With overContinue reading “COVID-19 Documentary “The Last Cruise” Hits HBO Max (Review)”