Film

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Nominated for Best Sound Mixing at the 89th Annual Academy Awards My instincts were strong that I shouldn’t even bother with this one. You know, I really don’t mind being¬†wrong every now and then. But I wasn’t wrong here. Overlong, incoherent, and often amateurish in its approach, Michael Bay’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of […]

Florence Foster Jenkins

Nominated for Best Actress (Meryl Streep) at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Costume Design at the 89th Annual Academy Awards To borrow from a piece I once did on Tom Cruise: I love Meryl Streep. I hate Meryl Streep. Oh, this has absolutely¬†nothing to do with national politics, or awards show speeches. […]

Life, Animated

Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Like quite a few Oscar-nominated releases I’ve experienced of late, this documentary is a wonderful and interesting story, that nevertheless suffers from a few issues in its execution. However, “Life, Animated” does have a ringer, in the fascinating centerpiece personage of Owen Suskind. The […]

A Man Called Ove

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film (Sweden) at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Ugh. File under the “irascible old man loses a loved one, and then is forced to find joy again when kids move into his neighborhood” section. Honestly, the foreign films […]

Jim: The James Foley Story

Nominated for Best Original Song (“The Empty Chair”) at the 89th Annual Academy Awards This is a very tricky area for a film critic. What to say about a man, who performs so heroically in a variety of ways, and ultimately dies a horrific death at the hands of ISIS terrorists? In no way would […]

Lion

Nominated for Best Picture at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay (Luke Davies) at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Nicole Kidman) at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Dev Patel) at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Cinematography (Greig Fraser) […]

Captain Fantastic

Nominated for Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen) at the 89th Annual Academy Awards “Captain Fantastic” is infectious. It reminded me of the “Wilderness Family” movies I attended as a boy. Remember those? It was a trilogy from the 1970’s, about a family that ran away from life in the polluted, capitalistic, big city, and escaped to […]