*NEW* THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI REVIEW *NEW*

Three sterling turns and an Oscar hopefully. A mother (Frances McDormand) personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit. A brooding country noir riddled with black comedy. If it wasn’t for all the profanity, you could have said it was a Fargo sequel. Bold, brash and … Continue reading *NEW* THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI REVIEW *NEW*

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*NEW* CAPTAIN FANTASTIC REVIEW *NEW*

It really was fantastic. In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father (Viggo Mortensen) devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent. I wasn’t sure from the bizarre … Continue reading *NEW* CAPTAIN FANTASTIC REVIEW *NEW*

*NEW* LION REVIEW *NEW*

Heartbreaking drama.  A five-year-old Indian boy (Sunny Pawar) gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home.  He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. I was concerned that this film might stumble into Slumdog Millionaire territory, … Continue reading *NEW* LION REVIEW *NEW*

*NEW* MANCHESTER BY THE SEA REVIEW *NEW*

A wonderfully acted emotionally packed drama. An uncle (Casey Affleck) is asked to take care of his teenage nephew (Lucas Hedges) after the boy's father (Kyle Chandler) dies. It’s always a pleasure when a film can surpass your expectations and reward you with something so much more. It was funny that I was complaining about … Continue reading *NEW* MANCHESTER BY THE SEA REVIEW *NEW*

*NEW* LA LA LAND REVIEW *NEW*

Over-hyped drivel. Well, that’s what I thought I was going to say. Overrated, maybe? But as much as I tried to resist the crazy hype train, I still couldn’t help but fall for this highly watchable and entertaining romp. A jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) falls for an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) in Los Angeles. The … Continue reading *NEW* LA LA LAND REVIEW *NEW*

*NEW* THE REVENANT REVIEW *NEW*

A revelation? An Oscar worthy performance from the man of the hour? In a nutshell, NO. A frontiersman (Leonardo DiCaprio) on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. Overlong, over-rated and disappointing. I really wanted … Continue reading *NEW* THE REVENANT REVIEW *NEW*

*NEW* SPOTLIGHT REVIEW *NEW*

A slow burning, well-crafted and brilliantly acted little drama. Spotlight is the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese. One that would shake the entire Catholic Church to its core. An intriguing opening sequence piqued my curiousity as we witnessed a … Continue reading *NEW* SPOTLIGHT REVIEW *NEW*