Little Women 1/18/20
Jo is an aspiring writer and in this version, the film opens with Jo selling a story and then flashing back to her tempestuous relationship with her three sisters, who are all their opening people, but through everything, never forget they are sisters, even when they might be fighting over the same man, a rakish rogue named Theodore "Laurie" Lawrence.
Ford v Ferrari 1/16/20
It seems that fans of stock car racing would be in heaven here, but for those uninitiated regarding the sport, this film is pretty rough going, This reviewer actually got drowsy during the first third of the film, which laboriously introduces the characters, who are all painted in black and white.
Jojo Rabbit 1/14/20
This film effectively blends a look at a boy and his relationship with a maybe not so dangerous military leader with an extremely realistic look at the ugliness of the Nazi regime which JoJo is guided through by Captain Klezendorf (Oscar winner Sam Rockwell) and the other side of it by Elsa, the young girl in the attic who wants to guide JoJo to the truth but can only do so much without endangering her own life.
The Lion King 1/12/20
Nathanson and Mecchi unfold the story slowly, but not too slowly, perfectly establishing the relationship between Mufasa and Simba, which is at the heart of this story, even if Mufasa's exit from the story is early on.
The Irishman 1/05/20
The screenplay definitely could have been a little more economic and some of the actors are getting a little too old for this kind of story, but Oscar winner cinematic storyteller Martin Scorsese proves he still has the ability to deliver a dark and sweeping fact-based mob epic with 2019's The Irishman, a compelling and often riveting film experience that delivers the goods even if takes too long to do so.
Untitled Woody Allen Project 1/02/20
Research revealed that, with the exception of New York Stories, for which Woody only provided a third of the screenplay, this is the first and only film he's made with the words "New York" in the title, despite his well-known love of the city.
I was actually on pins and needles waiting for the first musical moment in the film because I didn't know whether or Zellweger would be doing her own singing.
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story 12/18/19
The documentary does cover her somewhat interesting film career, which actually began with an erotic foreign film from 1933 called Extase, which featured nudity and a scene in which she simulates an orgasm.