Daily Archives: July 9, 2019

Documentary Review — “Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable”

Her obituary’s already written. Bethany Hamilton will always be “the surfer who lost an arm to a shark, and got back on the board.” But her story didn’t end when she did that, losing that left arm to a tiger … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Laura Marano and Vanessa Marano star in “Saving Zoe”

“Saving Zoë” deserves praise for the business savvy of its stars and producers, Vanessa Marano and her younger sister Laura Marano. They had the foresight to get the rights to an Alyson Noel novel about a younger sibling trying to … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Theo James and Emily Ratajkowski are “Lying and Stealing”

“Lying and Stealing” is a caper comedy that works. It’s just clever enough, passably witty, with a very cinematic milieu — high end “gray market” art theft — and ably carried off by Theo James, Emily Ratajkowski, Isiah Whitlock Jr. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The climate-changed Wild West makes for a “Desolate” setting for a thriller

  “Desolate” describes the setting, an American Southwest even drier and more lawless than it is today. “Desolate” is what we get when climate change has killed off farming, chased away those with options and left only the desperate, law-unto-themselves … Continue reading

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Preview, “David Crosby: Remember My Name” is documentary as confession

Yeah, he did the drugs, yeah he rubbed everybody he ever worked with the wrong way. Musician, master of close vocal harmony, egomaniac, jerk, lucky by association, Hall of Famer. If David Cosby can own up to the insufferable a-hole … Continue reading

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Preview, Diane Kruger and Martin Freeman star in “The Operative”

Espionage, betrayal, mistrust all around in this tale of an Israeli Mossad recruit from the director of “Bethlehem.”

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Jodi Benson tells racists to cool it with their “Little Mermaid” casting tantrum

She voiced the singing swimmer in the Disney animated classic “The Little Mermaid,” based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson. And she’s perfectly cool with casting a young singing sensation and great beauty in the role. Halle Bailey … Continue reading

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Netflix writes its biggest check, “Red Notice” with Dwayne J., Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds

It’s a big budget heist picture that Universal was going to produce, but Netflix dinged its bottom line for it. Doesn’t seem like a natural fit for Netflix. They do well with intimate pictures, rom coms and more modest budgeted … Continue reading

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