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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood 4K Ultra HD Review
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood   Once Upon A Time In Hollywood 4K Ultra HD Review
(Alyn Darnay)  12/13/2019 11:42 AM EST
Once upon a time…a brash 29-year-old writer-director showed up at the Cannes Film Festival with a movie he called Reservoir Dogs. It was a unique and bloody twist on a ‘post crime caper film' that blasted its way onto the screen, became the must-see movie of the year propellin... Read More

Richard Jewell Theatrical Review
Richard Jewell   Richard Jewell Theatrical Review
(Alyn Darnay)  12/12/2019 3:57 PM EST
When does a film stop being entertainment and start becoming political manipulation? That's the question running around in my head after seeing Clint Eastwood's new film Richard Jewell. There's no doubt that Mr. Eastwood is a skilled Director. There is a vast library of fine films to prove it. However, this film feels quickly made, rushed to market... Read More

Midway Theatrical Review
Midway   Midway Theatrical Review
(Alyn Darnay)  11/7/2019 9:23 AM EST
After a dearth of good films to watch, here comes "MIDWAY", a big screen WWII action adventure based upon real life events that had me wanting more when it was over. Most interestingly this is not a big budget studio film, the fact is no studio wanted to back it, saving their money I guess, for more Super Hero reboots. So this film i... Read More

The Current War Theatrical Review
The Current War   The Current War Theatrical Review
(Alyn Darnay)  10/25/2019 10:14 AM EST
It's that time of year again, just before the Holiday Blockbusters hit the theaters, and the distributors are pushing their leftover stock of mediocre films. "The Current War" is a prime example. It sat on the shelf unreleased for two years, ever since its less than spectacular premier at the Toronto Film Festival. However, during that ti... Read More

The Lion King 4K Ultra HD Review
The Lion King   The Lion King 4K Ultra HD Review
(Alyn Darnay)  10/25/2019 9:20 AM EST
Here's another film reimagining from the Disney vault of golden animation, and this one ‘Rocks'. Using what they call a ‘Live-Action' technique to bring the 1994 animated musical drama "The Lion King" to a more vivid and real experience, they may have just opened up the tale to a new generation of viewers, while never changing... Read More

Judy Theatrical Review
Judy   Judy Theatrical Review
(Alyn Darnay)  9/27/2019 10:21 AM EST
I went to see the new biopic "Judy" fully expecting to watch Renee Zellweger in performance, but she never showed up. That was ok though, because Judy Garland was there on the screen filling in for her, and was she ever good.Playing a real-life person is the hardest challenge facing any actor, especially if that person is well known and b... Read More

Downton Abbey Theatrical Review
Downton Abbey   Downton Abbey Theatrical Review
(Alyn Darnay)  9/19/2019 5:11 PM EST
"Downton Abbey" is sumptuous and stylish in a way the touches your heart and moves your soul. It's rather like a cherished overcoat you snuggle into in winter that's at once familiar, comfortable and warm. Of all the British period pieces about upper class families living in the 1920's that I've seen over the years, this one is by far the... Read More

Ad Astra Theatrical Review
Ad Astra   Ad Astra Theatrical Review
(Alyn Darnay)  9/17/2019 11:19 AM EST
Before you ask and to clear up one piece of confusion about this film, the title "Ad Astra" is Latin for "To The Stars", which this movie is somewhat all about. I say somewhat because the story borrows liberally from Joseph Conrad's ‘Heart Of Darkness" in the same way ‘Apocalypse Now' utilized the journey and th... Read More

Hustlers Theatrical Review
Hustlers   Hustlers Theatrical Review
(Alyn Darnay)  9/12/2019 4:09 PM EST
The moment Jennifer Lopez steps on to the stage dressed in dental floss, and smiles and begins her Pole Dancing routine as the patrons of "Move Gentleman's Club" throw hundreds of dollars at her, you know this is going to be the role she'll be remembered for. Not since she and George Clooney tussled in the trunk of a car in "Out... Read More

The Peanut Butter Falcon Theatrical Review
The Peanut Butter Falcon   The Peanut Butter Falcon Theatrical Review
(Alyn Darnay)  8/12/2019 9:34 AM EST
Every once and awhile a small film comes along that unexpectedly packs a punch to the heart and unarms you with its charm. This film is like that. It's a walking, talking, a riff on a modern Mark Twain style adventure tale, that adds so many more layers to what's expected, you'll find yourself moved emotionally by its evolving storyline... Read More

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