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” is a beautifully crafted look at the smart woman who wrote 12 books along with columns for The New Yorker. Did a given movie work? Movie lovers heard her answers to that one as she scorched or loved the plots, filming, and acting of movies during the 1960s … (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)

Movie review: Where’s My Roy Cohn?

Where’s My Roy Cohn? — Running Time: 1:37 — Rating: PG-13 Ask young people if they plan to see “Where’s My Roy Cohn?” and you’ll receive silence and a blank stare. Who? The young should see it because of its deep contemporary relevance. If you are over 70 … (read more)

Movie review: Joker

Joker — Running Time: 2:02 — Rating: R If “Joker” had been made by ordinary people, it would have been dismissed as an overdone dive into violence. Instead, a team headed by actor Joaquin Phoenix and director Todd Phillips has created a wicked nightmare o … (read more)

Movie review: Frankie

Frankie — Running Time: 1:46 — Rating: PG-13 Please don’t skip “Frankie,” and be sure to go when you feel peaceful enough to see a quiet and lovely movie. If you let it in, it’s likely to stay with you for a long while. Don’t look for a plot that unfolds … (read more)

Movie review: Judy

Judy — Running Time: 1:38 — Rating:  PG-13 “There’s only one of her.”  So says a friend of Judy Garland in the new film “Judy.” That comment summons the complications in the grand new wave of biographical fictions that are flooding our theaters.  Many of … (read more)

Movie review: Official Secrets

Official Secrets — Running Time: 1:42 — Rating: R What is the role of an unimportant person who knows the truth of lies told by important people?  “Official Secrets” is the story of Katharine Gun [Keira Knightley], a young woman who discovers the shameful … (read more)

Movie review: Brittany Runs a Marathon

Brittany Runs a Marathon — Running Time: 1:44 — Rating: R At some moment when you need a touch of cheer, try “Brittany Runs a Marathon.” This comedy is rooted in more than competition. It’s the story of the moment when Brittany begins to recognize that he … (read more)

Movie review: The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Peanut Butter Falcon — Running Time : 1:37 — Rating: PG-13 The Peanut Butter Falcon offers a complex movie experience. Some of you will be thoroughly absorbed while others may well be disappointed. Whichever emotion claims you, just know this movie is … (read more)