Film and Television Reviews

Reviews By Judith Raymer

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Beauty and the Beast Theatrical Review
Beauty and the Beast   Beauty and the Beast Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  03/15/2017 10:01 AM EDT
Disney's latest masterpiece, Beauty and the Beast, is a live-action adaptation based on the 1991 animated classic.  Some fans of the original (including original cast members that might have been quoted in the press) have questioned the need for or purpose of "recreating" such a timeless favorite.  Had the studio decided to ... Read More

Fist Fight Theatrical Review
Fist Fight   Fist Fight Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  02/16/2017 2:00 PM EDT
Parking lot.  After school.  3pm.  Think you've seen it?  Think again.  Fist Fight stars Ice Cube (Boys n the Hood; Friday) and Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses; It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as high school teachers readying to draw fists at the end of the day.  Directed by Richie Keen (It's Alwa... Read More

Rings Theatrical Review
Rings   Rings Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  02/03/2017 11:26 AM EDT
It had been a long while since I'd seen a horror flick.  I loved them as a kid, but somewhere along the way viewing them just trailed off.  So, when the opportunity presented itself to view the latest chapter in the RING franchise, I wasn't so sure how I felt about seeing it.  Then, I discovered that it had been directed by F. Javier... Read More

The Pickle Recipe Theatrical Review
The Pickle Recipe   The Pickle Recipe Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  10/21/2016 8:21 AM EDT
Ah, those memories of culinary ecstasy on our palates.  The yearn to taste that unparalleled delight just once more leading to the declaration that one would die or kill for the opportunity; even better...for the recipe.  The Pickle Recipe was born from just such a recollection.  Writers/Producers Gary Wolfson and Sheldon Cohn were t... Read More

Ben-Hur Theatrical Review
Ben-Hur   Ben-Hur Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  08/18/2016 9:06 PM EDT
A quick recap for the rock valley dwellers out there...Ben-Hur is a cinematic soap opera spinning betrayal, prejudice and forgiveness; in which a prince, Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), is forced into slavery after his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell) falsely accuses him of treason.  Fans of the "original" Charlton Heston Ben-Hur ... Read More

Money Monster Theatrical Review
Money Monster   Money Monster Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  05/12/2016 11:02 AM EDT
I was a little apprehensive about tackling this one... having George Clooney and Julia Roberts in the same flick.  There are exceptions, but the good majority of their films are vehicles for box office draws.  Even their serious work can come off as a polished Hollywood tale wrapped with that film gift bow (read: guaranteed money maker).&... Read More

The Big Short Theatrical Review
The Big Short   The Big Short Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  12/21/2015 11:01 AM EDT
A (less than) funny thing happened on the way to the keyboard.  Under my usual rock, I had no clue what the The Big Short was about (don't ask), much less what names would appear on the marquee (Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt...).  Not 10 seconds into the trailer, I knew I had to see this film.  I had to write ... Read More

Vacation Theatrical Review
Vacation   Vacation Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  07/28/2015 10:03 AM EDT
Once upon a time, my late cousin Alex effortlessly hit comedic treasure (in our small world) forever turning a simple word, pantalones, into an instant trigger for laughter.  Similarly (though on a much larger scale of recognition), John Hughes forever changed a simple word...Vacation.Some scenes do push attempts at dark and raunchy a little o... Read More

I'll See You in My Dreams Theatrical Review
I'll See You in My Dreams   I'll See You in My Dreams Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  05/20/2015 11:26 AM EDT
Eloquently understated and poignant...I'll See You In My Dreams.There are no grandiose overtures to lure the audience in, but as soon as the film starts rolling, the trance begins. The plot is incidental; the story profound.At a time when our elders are undervalued, and not fully respected as individuals, writer/director Brett Haley (The New Year; ... Read More

The Longest Ride Theatrical Review
The Longest Ride   The Longest Ride Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  04/10/2015 9:20 AM EDT
If grey is too gloomy for you, try 50 (or 100) Shades of Blush.  I did! But, before we get to those hot and glistening details...What you need to know about Nicholas Sparks' latest novel turned Hollywood blockbust... er... uh... hopeful...There are some acting gems in this film.  Disclosure: I became a lifelong Alan Alda fan upon meet... Read More