Movie review: Just Mercy

Just Mercy — Running Time: 2:16 — PG-13 “Just Mercy” is the one to see this week. This true story stuns on many levels as it delivers the tale of a young black lawyer who becomes deeply involved in helping a black man unjustly accused of murder. At 18, Rhonda Morrison has been shot while walking. She was white. Police listen to a white prisoner who accuses a black man of the murder. The immediate and total acceptance of the accusation is what stuns us. A white participant is believed. A black suspect is cal … (read more)

Movie review: 1917

1917 — Running Time: 1:59 — Rating: R “1917” is a quality movie that led me to some dark thoughts. If the story doesn’t trigger lasting thoughts for you about men and war, then fine, just enjoy this good movie. The quality came from director Sam Mendes an … (read more)

Movie review: Oscar nominees

This was a year of creeping apprehension for movie lovers. Theaters were often lucky to have 10 people in the audience. Theaters are closing while Netflix releases new movies to people watching in their living rooms. The feel of change is overwhelming. Le … (read more)

Movie review: Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems — Running Time: 2:15 — Rating: R It is my great pleasure today to write a review of the worst movie I have ever seen. This will be a special challenge because the actors, the directing, and even the premise are all good. Here’s the problem. For … (read more)

Movie review: Little Women

Little Women — Running Time: 2:14 — Rating: PG If you are thinking of skipping “Little Women,” think again. It has been read in Louisa May Alcott’s book and seen in movies by all ages ever since it was published in 1868. Now, as a gift to all of us, Greta … (read more)

Movie review: Bombshell

Bombshell — Running Time: 1:48 — Rating: R In an attempt to take a fair look at corporate sexuality, “Bombshell” offers a depressing look at office politics leading to the current surge of revelations about the corporate promotion system. These politics c … (read more)

Movie review: Richard Jewell

Richard Jewell — Running Time: 2:26 — Rating: R Think 1996. The explosion at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta has killed innocents. The press has made Richard Jewell a hero throughout the country. Suddenly, the press labels Jewell the bomber and we … (read more)

Movie review: What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael — Running Time: 1:38 The new documentary about film critic Pauline Kael is a pile of contradictions that paint an intriguing portrait of the world’s most famous movie critic. “What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael” … (read more)

Movie review: Ford v. Ferrari

Ford v Ferrari — Running Time: 2:32 — Rating: PG-13 If you avoided seeing “Ford v Ferrari” because you aren’t interested in car racing, you might just reconsider. Why did I avoid it? Car racing and all-male casts have never drawn my interest. How could an … (read more)

Movie review: Knives out

Knives Out — Running Time: 2:11 — Rating: PG-13 See “Knives Out” when you’re in that blissful movie mood of wanting to sit in the dark waiting to be transported to a different time and place. Actors, writers, and director Rian Johnson all moved together o … (read more)

Movie review: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood — Running Time: 1:48 — Rating: PG If you are one of millions who plan to see “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” you may be in for a surprise. Isn’t this the story of Fred Rogers’ TV relationship with the children wh … (read more)

Movie review: Scandalous

Scandalous — Running Time: 1:37 — Rating: R Consider the studio’s promotion sentence about “Scandalous: The True Story of the National Enquirer:” “Scandalous is the true story of the National Enquirer, the infamous tabloid with a prescient grasp of its re … (read more)

Movie review: Marriage Story

Marriage Story — Running Time: 2:16 — Rating: R “Marriage Story” opens beautifully as a husband and wife describe each other and the path of their marriage from day one to now. As each finishes the personal tale, we have become happy captives in their pro … (read more)

Movie review: The Current War: Director’s Cut

The Current War: Director’s Cut — Running Time: 1:47 — Rating: PG-13 Here’s how the studio describes “The Current War: Director’s Cut:” “The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine … (read more)

Movie review: By the Grace of God

By the Grace of God — Running Time: 2:17 — Rating: R “By the Grace of God” scorches the screen. It is very rare to see a powerful film explore its subject at the height of its disturbing influence. See it for quality and for the willingness of its makers … (read more)