Film and TV

  • 25 Years of Cruel Intentions: Interview with Director Roger Kumble
    In 1999, the cult classic Cruel Intentions by writer/ director Roger Kumble hit the screens. And 25 years later it’s still scandalous, it’s still cruel, and it’s still iconic.   The film is an adaptation of the 1782 French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses but reimagined by Kumble in the modern world of Upper East Side teen…
  • Movie Review: “Hit Man” – A Sunlit Neo-Noir Tale of Deception and Desire
    Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater’s latest film, “Hit Man,” ventures into the sunlit realms of neo-noir, offering a fascinating blend of comedy, drama, and moral ambiguity. Starring Glen Powell as the strait-laced professor Gary Johnson, the film unravels an intricate tale of identity, deception, and unexpected romance. Gary Johnson, a seemingly ordinary professor, leads a double…
  • Movie Review: Jennifer Lopez Shines in Sci-Fi Adventure “Atlas”
    In her latest film, “Atlas,” Jennifer Lopez transitions from battling her demons in the Alaskan wilderness in last year’s “The Mother” to facing a high-tech enemy in outer space. Lopez stars as Atlas Shepherd, a government analyst thrust into an intergalactic mission to defeat a rogue AI that has dramatically altered her life. “Atlas is…
  • IF Movie Review: John Krasinski’s Imaginative Family Film: A Heartwarming Journey with Star-Studded Imaginary Friends
    The film centers on a young girl named Bea (Cailey Fleming) who assists a grumpy character named Cal (Ryan Reynolds) in playing matchmaker. Notably, Bradley Cooper voices a glass of ice water. In John Krasinski’s whimsical children’s dramedy, the “big IF” — standing for “imaginary friend” — is a towering purple creature named Blue, voiced…
  • FILM REVIEW: ‘The Fall Guy’: A Cinematic Love Song to the Stunt Community
    In watching The Fall Guy, you may notice that the song “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” by Kiss is effectively the theme music for our protagonist Colt Seavers, played by Ryan Gosling. Directed by long time stunt professional David Leitch, this film is brimming with so much of that loving energy that Kiss sings…
  • Unraveling Family Ties: Brooke Shields Stars in ‘Mother of the Bride’
    Navigating the complexities of family dynamics amidst the whirlwind of wedding preparations, “Mother of the Bride” offers a delightful blend of humor, heart, and star-studded performances. Directed by Mark Waters, known for his iconic works like “Mean Girls” and “Freaky Friday,” and penned by Robin Bernheim, the creative mind behind the beloved Princess Switch trilogy,…
  • Jerry Seinfeld’s Directorial Debut ‘Unfrosted’ Brings Breakfast Wars to Life in Hilarious Comedy
    Jerry Seinfeld’s directorial debut, “Unfrosted,” serves up a deliciously inventive tale set in the heart of Battle Creek, Michigan, during the cereal wars of 1963. In this whimsical comedy, Kellogg’s and Post, the sworn rivals of breakfast cereals, embark on a frenzied race to concoct the ultimate pastry that will revolutionize the morning meal. Seinfeld…
  • Movie Review: The Idea Of You, A Heartfelt Romance That Transcends Expectations
    The Idea of You, directed by Michael Showalter, delivers a poignant and captivating exploration of love, age, and fame. Anchored by compelling performances from Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine, this contemporary romance unfolds with sincerity and depth, drawing viewers into the complexities of an unexpected relationship. Set against the backdrop of the vibrant music scene…
  • Game, Set, Match: Zendaya Takes Center Court in Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Challengers’
    Luca Guadagnino’s “Challengers” serves up a gripping narrative that deftly intertwines the complexities of personal ambition, relationships, and the competitive world of professional tennis. Led by an outstanding cast and underscored by a pulsating soundtrack courtesy of Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, this film delivers a compelling and immersive experience from start to finish, from…
  • REVIEW: A24’s ‘Civil War’: Conflict Through A Different “Lens”
    As the credits rolled on the new A24 film Civil War, there were about a thousand different thoughts competing for attention in my brain. But the most succinct way to capture my experience with filmmaker Alex Garland’s latest feature is to describe it as an unrelenting assault on the senses. The decision to tell this…
  • Dissecting the Trials of Teen Romance: A Comprehensive Review of “How to Date Billy Walsh”
    In the ever-evolving landscape of romantic comedies, the allure often lies in witnessing the undeniable chemistry between two characters as they navigate the tumultuous journey of falling in love. Yet, does Prime Video’s latest offering, “How to Date Billy Walsh,” effectively capture this essence, or does it fall short of expectations? Let’s embark on a…
  • Netflix’s ‘SCOOP’ Offers a Compelling Look at the Prince Andrew Interview Controversy
    Luca Guadagnino’s latest venture, “SCOOP,” takes audiences on a gripping journey behind the scenes of one of the most controversial interviews of recent times. Directed by Philip Martin and featuring a stellar cast including Rufus Sewell, Gillian Anderson, and Billie Piper, this Netflix original film offers a compelling exploration of power, perception, and the nuances…
  • Harmonizing Love and Identity: Exploring Rudy Mancuso’s ‘Música’
    Directed by Rudy Mancuso and backed by a stellar cast, “Música” is a captivating coming-of-age tale that harmonizes the struggles of love, culture, and personal growth. Set against the vibrant backdrop of Newark’s Brazilian community, the film follows Rudy, portrayed with depth by Mancuso himself, a young man grappling with synesthesia, a condition that colors…
  • “Loot” Season 2 Review: Maya Rudolph Shines in Charitable Comedy Drama
    “Loot” season two returns with Maya Rudolph reprising her role as the charismatic Molly Wells, a woman navigating post-divorce life while leading her philanthropic organization, the Wells Foundation. Settling into her newfound independence, Molly thrives in her role, but her resolve to remain single is challenged when she meets the charming architect Isaac, played by…
  • Palm Royale: Kristen Wiig Shines in a Colorful 1960s Comedy Series
    Before the era of Instagram stories and TikTok videos, the allure of gossip magazines and television offered a glimpse into the lives of the wealthy and beautiful. Enter “Palm Royale,” Apple TV+’s latest comedy set in the 1960s, adapted from Juliet McDaniel’s novel “Mr. & Mrs. American Pie” by Abe Sylvia. Kristen Wiig stars as…
  • Lindsay Lohan Shines in ‘Irish Wish’: A Magical Rom-Com Journey of Love and Self-Discovery
    Lindsay Lohan’s repertoire of early comedies is marked by her adeptness at portraying characters navigating identity swaps and social dynamics. From the dual roles in “The Parent Trap” and “Freaky Friday” to the high school hierarchy in “Mean Girls,” Lohan’s versatility shines through. In “Irish Wish,” Lohan embarks on a new character journey as Maddie,…
  • Discovering Empowerment: Unraveling the Twists of ‘Damsel’
    As “Damsel” unfolds, the narrator’s voice sets the stage, dismissing traditional chivalric tales and offering a glimpse into a different kind of narrative. My initial reaction? Sarcasm laced with a hint of skepticism. In my mind, echoes of Miranda Priestly’s iconic critique resound: “Strong female lead? Groundbreaking.” While I appreciate a resilient heroine as much…
  • FILM REVIEW: ‘Drive-Away Dolls’ is a Runaway Hit
    In Ethan Coen’s first solo narrative feature film as a director since he and his brother, Joel, went their separate filmmaking ways, Drive-Away Dolls is a perfect “they don’t make ‘em like this anymore” movie. With a runtime under 90 minutes and an extremely specific brand of Coen humor that is impossible to replicate, Drive-Away…
  • ‘I Wish You All The Best’ Shines Light on Nonbinary Narratives
    In a realm dominated by LGBTQ+ coming-of-age tales like “Love Simon” and “My First Summer,” nonbinary narratives are noticeably lacking. Yet, Tommy Dorfman’s directorial debut, “I Wish You All The Best,” based on Mason Deaver’s novel, fills this void by portraying the stark realities of coming out, including familial rejection. Dorfman, drawing from personal experiences,…
  • 96th Academy Awards Recap: ‘Oppenheimer’ Wins and Past Winners Return
    The 2024 awards season culminated with the most anticipated night in film, the 96th Annual Academy Awards live on ABC.  Four time host Jimmy Kimmel brought wit and levity to his entertaining opening monologue that poked fun at Best Picture nominees “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer.”  This year, the Academy brought back a treasured format from the…