‘Mother’s Day’ Review: Julia Roberts & Jennifer Aniston Turn On The Smiles, But Laughs Are Light In Dated Star Vehicle
At 81, it is admirable that director Garry Marshall is still cranking out feature films. Unfortunately, since he started turning faux holidays into excuses for movies with Valentine’s Day in 2010, followed in 2011 by New Year’s Eve, he — and we — have been experiencing diminishing returns. But Valentine’s Day was Shakespeare compared to what we have now with Mother’s Day. He has milked this cow dry with a formula movie that appears to be a cross between a Love… Read
‘Houdini & Doyle’ Review: Fox’s Historical Team-Up Drama A Dud
Debuting on May 2 on Fox, Houdini & Doyle reeks of midseason filler and seems to have the primary point of making you long for the return of the recently wrapped and renewed Lucifer — whose 9 PM Season 1 time slot this new offering takes over. As I say in my video review above, other than some devilish nostalgia, there's not much else to think fondly about in this capricious wreckage of the friendship between Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The worst part may… Read
‘Vice World Of Sports’ Review: Viceland Finally Has A Contender In Docuseries
When Vice Sports launched online in June 2014, it played a different game than a lot of the shock-value content in which its mothership brand traffics. With the debut tomorrow of Vice World Of Sports on Viceland, that canny sensibility could make it the breakout show for the burgeoning but often blasé cable channel.
As I say in my video review above, VWOS is a contender and worth getting a ticket for. Hosted and executive produced by TV and sports journalism veteran… Read
‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ Review: Dev Patel’s Theory Of Everything Adds Up
Those who loved Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar-winning turn as genius Stephen Hawking in 2014’s The Theory Of Everything are likely to spark to a similar-feeling new movie, The Man Who Knew Infinity. This English period piece set in pre-war 1914 stars Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) as a poor young Indian man with a unique talent for numbers. In fact, he is a mathematical genius who can only explain that his propensity for solving problems and equations comes from God.
It is all… Read
Prince Shreds ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ On Touching ‘Saturday Night Live’ Remembrance
Saturday Night Live was supposed to have been a repeat, but instead the producers put together Goodnight Sweet Prince, a hasty tribute to Prince following his shocking death last week. It was worth the work they put in. Jimmy Fallon hosted a look back at multiple numbers Prince performed as musical guest over the years. Fallon was clearly working off the cuff, and it was too bad none of the songs were Prince’s biggest hits. But all of them showed his range, his outsized… Read
‘A Hologram For The King’ Review: Tom Hanks Faces Midlife Crisis In Saudi Arabia
Delivering another understated but heartfelt and memorable performance, Tom Hanks emerges as the primary reason to put A Hologram For The King on your list.
On its own the movie is a fresh and rewarding movie experience, but Hanks takes the material one step above. In fact, as I say in my video review above, the movie written and directed by Tom Tykwer and based on Dave Eggers’ 2012 existential novel reminded me of the 1973 Jack Lemmon film Save The Tiger. In that film… Read
‘Veep’ Season 5 Review: Julia Louis-Dreyfus & HBO Deserve Your Vote
America may elect its first female President later this year, but on HBO that glass ceiling was shattered accidentally back in 2014 by the irrepressibly narcissistic Selina Meyer. Now Veep is back on April 24 for its fifth season, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Meyer is seeking the Oval Office via her own election — and is more refreshingly foul-mouthed and self-involved than ever before. As I say in video review above, Veep Season 5 gets my vote and should get yours too as the… Read
‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ Review: Amazon Reboot Of 1960s Series Roars With Fun
Hollywood seems to be addicted to reboots and revivals nowadays, but that doesn't always have to be a bad thing. Debuting on April 22 with 13 episodes on Amazon, Thunderbirds Are Go is proof that nostalgia doesn't have to be a dirty word.
Having originally played in the UK last year, this latest version of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's 1960s supermarionation series is, as I say in my video review above, pure summer fun coming a bit early. With the same nudge and a wink… Read
Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys Video: ‘The Night Manager’ Stars Tom Hiddleston And Hugh Laurie Talk AMC’s Big Scale John le Carre Spy Saga
AMC jumps into this year’s Limited Series race big time with The Night Manager, the first original television production of a John le Carre novel in over 20 years. To say it is an event is an understatement, as the panel explained at Deadline’s first-ever Emmy Contenders event April 10. As part of AMC’s presentation at the DGA theatre to a full house of Television Academy and Guild members, stars Tom Hiddleston (in the title role) and Hugh Laurie (as international illegal… Read
‘Elvis & Nixon’ Review: Kevin Spacey & Michael Shannon Make Iconic Odd Couple Real And Funny
Reportedly the most requested photo in the National Archive is the one taken in December 1970 when The King, Elvis Presley, met The President, Richard Nixon, in the White House Oval Office. This secret meeting took place several months before Nixon installed a recording device — the same one that would take down his presidency after the Watergate scandal in 1974 — so there is no audio record of what was said between the two. But now a new movie tries to fill in the blanks… Read
‘The Meddler’ Review: Susan Sarandon Provides Some Smotherly Love And Shines
Everyone probably has a Marnie Minervini somewhere in their life. That’s the character Susan Sarandon plays in the appropriately named The Meddler which opens Friday from Sony Pictures Classics after first making its World Premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Inspired by writer/director Lorene Scafaria’s (Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World) relationship with her own mother, Sarandon plays a widowed mom who, still trying to get over the… Read
‘Sing Street’ Review: Director John Carney Scores Again With Ragtag Musical Charmer
Director John Carney’s distinct filmmaking style, previously on display with the Oscar- (and eventually Tony) winning Once, as well as Begin Again, is back again in the small but infinitely charming coming-of-ager, Sing Street, which The Weinstein Company is rolling out starting today.
Just as in the other two films, music merged with simple tales of love and life are at its core, but this time the lead characters are much younger. As I say in my video review (click the… Read