Movie Reviews

Review of Spielberg's Oscar-Nominated West Side Story - Better than the Original with Standout Performances by Rachel Zegler and Ariana Debose

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Review of The Many Saints of Newark: Stellar Performances but Misses its Mark - Does David Chase Have Another Target in Mind?


Review of David Lowery's The Green Knight: Honor and Chivalry are at the Forefront of this Timeless Story, Dev Patel Shines                  

Review of Indie Film Pooling to Paradise by Caytha Jentis - A Road Trip Adventure to Las Vegas with a Mixed Bag of Characters Provides for an Enjoyable Movie Night and Stunning Scenery

Review of Disney's Cruella: Just Pure Fun and Entertainment with Astounding Performances by Emma Stone and Emma Thompson  and Lest Not Forget the Costumes are Works of Art

Movie Review: The Map of Tiny Perfect Things on Amazon - A Message We Need to Remember Over and Over Again

Film Review of Amazon's Mangrove - Small Axe: Steve McQueen Swings an Axe at Racial Prejudice in the Year's Best Film

Movie Review of Angie: Lost Girls Starring Jane Widdop and Dylan Sprayberry - Julia Verdin's Compelling, Brutally Honest Story about Child Trafficking  Will Make You Realize It Can Happen Anywhere 

Just in Time for Halloween: Why You Should Watch Stranger Things, The Silence of the Lambs, The Haunting of Hill House, The Evil Dead and Hush if You Want some Jump Scares

Review of Uncut Gems on Netflix: Adam Sandler's Standout Performance Leads this Edge of Your Seat, Nail-biting Thriller.. and it's Better the Second Time Around by Harry Sherer

Review of Netlix Film I'm Thinking of Ending Things: Not Your Ordinary Breakup Story but an Ambiguous, Magical and Stunning Example of Visual Storytelling

View: My Must-See Summer Movie List has just Two Movies on it - Something's Gotta Give and Weekend at Bernie's...And Maybe Just One More

Review of  Movie Feral - Annapurna Sriram's Role as A Homeless Women is Deflty Acted As we Root for her Survival on the Streets and Tunnels of NYC

Review of Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods On Netflix: Lee's Mastery of the Medium, Multiple Genres and Storytelling Presents a Complex and Compelling Need for Change
by Ashton Samson

New Streaming Platform Herflix Offers Free Movies: This Changes Everything, Nora Ephron, The Girls in the Band and More

Review:  Andy Samberg and Christin Milioti in Hulu's Palm Springs Movie: Pure Escapism makes it a Perfect Summer Comedy

Movie Review of The Help: It will Make You Laugh and Make you Cry, But Above All it is Movie To Help you Understand 
Review by Julia Colucci

The Wrong Missy is just the RIGHT Movie to Watch Now: Happy Madison Productions Gives us More of what They're Famous For

Review of Love, Wedding Repeat on Netflix: Is it Good Enough for a Repeat Watch?

Get Ready for the Olympics: Rowing Movie "Backwards" with James Van Der Beek, Sarah Megan Thomas, Margaret Colin Now Available on Itunes & Amazon

Movie Review of The Farewell: We're Not Lying, You Should See this Heartfelt, Funny and Mostly-Snubbed Movie

Video: Film Critic Connor Moriarty's Top 15 Films of 2019

Movie Review of Greta Gerwig's Little Women: A View through the Eyes of a A Male High School Film Critic on this Remade Classic 
By Ashton Samson

Movie Review of JoJo Rabbit: A Satire Done Right and Here's Why
By Ashton Samson

Film Review of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker  -  A Phenomenal Conclusion to the Series and Message about Inclusivity Satisfies the True Fan
By Ashton Samson

Movie Review of Knives Out with Jamie Lee Curtis: Sharp, Suspenseful and Star-studded, it's an Intense and Masterfully Realized Mystery 
By Ashton Samson

Movie Review: Martin Scorsese's The Irishman is Brilliant, Reflective and full of Good Old-Fashioned Mob Fun
By Ashton Samson

Review of Bong Joon-Ho's Parasite: Unique, Relevant and Powerful, Perhaps the Best Movie of the Year
by Ashton Samson

Film Review: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is What We All Need Now: Tom Hanks Shines as the Affable Fred Rogers by Beth Abramson Brier

Movie Review:  Stephen King's IT Chapter II - Thrilling, Fun and Grotesque, but does it Remain True to its Roots? By Ashton Samson

Movie Review of  Poms - A Star-studded Film with Diane Keaton, Rhea Pearlman and more, but  is it Something we can Cheer about? By Beth Brier

Review: Director Marianna Palka's Egg with Christina Hendricks, Anna Camp and Alysia Reiner is Complicated and Funny 
By Emily Galow

Movie Review of Joe Chappelle's Political Thriller An Acceptable Loss with Jamie Lee Curtis and Tika Sumpter: Tension and Surprising Plot Twists Keep You Watching Till the Very End        By Connor Moriarty

MOVIE REVIEW: Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give is A Must-Watch - Masterfully Created and Acted, Personal and Human - A Story to Make Us Think, and Maybe Act 
By Emily Galow

Movie Review of Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse - This Oscar-Nominated Film is Truly a Treat as it Revels in its Roots  
By Connor Moriarty

Movie Review: Halloween with Jamie Lee Curtis - This Horror Movie Delivers Blood, Scares, Gore and Everything Else Desired by a Die-Hard or New Horror Fan 
By Connor Moriarty

Movie Review: Searching - A Movie on a Computer Screen is Still A Solid and Entertaining Mystery Thriller
by Connor Moriarty

Movie Review of Puzzle: Kelly Macdonald Fits Perfectly into this Female-Driven Drama about a Women Rearranging the Pieces of Her Life 
by Suzanne Ordas Curry

Movie Review: John Krasinski's A Quiet Place is Full of Hitchcockian Suspense and Sustained Palpable Tension - Will  Horror Fans Flock to It?  Review By Connor Moriarty Read:

Movie Review of Loving Vincent: This Movie Must Be Seen, As Meticulously-Crafted and Beautiful as Van Gogh's Own Work Review by Connor Moriarty 

Classic Hollywood director William Castle, was a pioneer of the “gimmick film.” When his Vincent Price shocker, The House on Haunted Hill, was screened in theaters, fake skeletons would fly through the auditorium. So, while the film itself may have been clich├ęd, even by the standards of its contemporary audience, the showmanship on display made for an exhilarating experience overall. To read: 

Killian and the Comeback Kids Movie Coming Soon: Stars Nathan Purdee, Kassie DePaiva, Indiegogo Campaign Started for this Feel-good Folk-Rock Indie

Disenchanted after graduating college, and subsequently returning to his hometown, a once-thriving town in the heart of Pennsylvannia, a musician tries to discover his new path in life with the help of some old friends. Killian and the Comeback kids is a movie about music, hopes and dreams. Read:

Movie Review of Driver  X: Uber On Over to See This Funny Yet Meaningful Comedy about a Middle Aged Man Living in a World of Millenials, Patrick Fabian, Tanya Clarke, Desmin Borges and Oscar Nunez Star in this Henry Barrial/Mark Stolaroff Film

Interview - Behind the Scenes with Collar The Movie Creators David Patrick and Nan Wilson: Cop Drama Stars Rebecca De Mornay, Richard Roundtree, Tom Sizemore

New Movie Egg: A Dark Comedy About Surrogacy by Alysia Reiner, David Alan Basche and Michele Ganeless Stars Christina Hendricks, Anna Camp, Gbenga Akinnagbe

Movie Review of Ingrid Goes West - An #AllTooReal Depiction of Generation Me by Kelly A. Byrne

A week ago, my buddy who works in comedy took me to see a movie I knew almost nothing about. It was getting great reviews, so in I went, blind as a bat, to see Ingrid Goes West starring Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olson, Wyatt Russell, and Billy Magnussen. Directed by Matt Spicer. What a time it was. 
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Review of Beauty and the Beast: Emma Watson Leading the Way for Disney’s New Feminist Heroines 
By Kelly Byrne

Movie Review: Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman Is Not Only The Summer’s Biggest Blockbuster But Also The Most Important Film Of The Millennia 
Review by Landon Funk: I have said before that I hate films based off of comic books. While there are a few outliers, this pretty much rings true for I find that studio executives are more interested in making a film with expensive explosions than one with substance. Deadpool and The Dark Knight showed the industry that you can have both, but Hollywood still churned out superhero films that lacked anything real. Read more:

Review: La La Land Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling: Simply a Delight for the Eyes and Ears
I had to see what all the rave was about regarding La La Land.
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Movie Review of  James Gunn’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Tries A Little Too Hard To Mimic The First One But Features Hilarious Performances From  Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, and Bradley Cooper

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Movie Review of The Little Hours: Jeff Baena's Limited Release Comedy with Alison Brie, Dave Franco and Mollie Shannon Has a Wide Range of Humor 
By Kelly A. Byrne

Movie Review of Snatched: Jonathan Levine’s SNATCHED features a Hilarious Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn 
Review by Landon Funk

Okay, so I have to admit that I went into SNATCHED thinking that it was going to be complete and total garbage. It has been getting ripped to shreds in the reviews, but it also looked like it would be mildly entertaining. I mean Amy Schumer can always deliver some laughs. Which is exactly what my friend and I kept in mind as we decided to go see Jonathan Levine’s film about a mother and daughter’s misadventure in Ecuador. Click to read:

Movie Review: Anne Hathaway Gives A Monstrous Performance In Nacho Vigalondo’s COLOSSAL

Review by Landon Funk
Anne Hathaway is either really on point or really not. There is no in between. Starting with her star-making performance as “Mia Thermopolis” in Disney’s THE PRINCESS DIARIES, Hathaway ranges from total trash like her leading role in THE INTERN or quite literally Academy Award winning gold like her turn as “Fantine” in LES MISERABLES. Like I said, there is no in between.
So when I read that Colossal was a film that finally put Hathaway back on the map after her post-Oscar-win downfall, I knew that I had to go see it.
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Review: Winner of the Prix de la Mis en Scene at the Cannes Film Festival, Olivier Assayas Delivers a Haunting Horror/Thriller in his Kristen Stewart Starrer PERSONAL SHOPPER by Landon Funk

There is something so beautiful about going to see a film without knowing anything about it. I think that part of the problem with today’s film consumption culture is that we love to know the ending before we see the film. Whether that be through a review in Entertainment Weekly or a brief skim of Wikipedia while in line to buy a ticket, we want instant gratification.

Equity The Movie Premieres at Sundance 2016 - Sold to Sony Classics Pictures

Equity, premiered at Sundance 2016 at the Library in Park City, Utah.

On a comfortably cold evening in January the theater was sold out to see this female-driven financial thriller that was sold to Sony Classics Pictures before it's Sundance audience premiere. The movie stars Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn as a female investment banker struggling in her career who takes a company public. Her boyfriend is played by James Purefoy, The film's producers,  Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas, had starring roles aside Ms. Gunn.   Read more -

Top Ten Things You Won't See Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn Do in Her New Role as Naomi in Broad Street Pictures New Flick Equity

Anna Gunn says good-bye to Skylar and hubby Walter
and hello to Naomi in Equity
Anna Gunn's been cast in a new movie by Broad Street Pictures called Equity. Produced by Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black) and Sarah Megan Thomas (Backwards Movie), Equity follows a senior investment banker (Naomi Bishop, played by Ms.Gunn) who is threatened a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption. The movie is in pre-production now, but sources say we're going to see another side to this talented actress. Read:

Review: Pixar's Inside Out - Portrayal of Females off the Mark, But Overall Message Perfect for Kids          by Di's Dish
Spoiler alert! I took my 11 year old son to see this movie and although it is getting rave reviews, I found some of it to be disappointing. Let’s start with the positives.

Yes this film is inventive and creative with a wide range of likeable characters. The absence of a “bad or evil character” was refreshing. In its place, as my son pointed out, was a problem that needed to be solved. It’s a thinking movie, which makes sense since it is a story about an 11 year old girl’s (Riley) emotions. The animated short (shown immediately prior to Inside Out), Lava, was sweet, charming and gorgeous. It’s a perfect addition to the brilliant Pixar catalogue. For trailer and full article click here:

Review: Sharknado 3: It's Out of This World and My Predictions for Sharknado 4

If you didn't say "huh?", or what? or "you've got to be kidding me!" you were not watching Sharknado 3. Sharknado 3, I dare say, left its fans wanting more. Sharks in space, births in bellies, limbs in limbo, this movie's mundane was a normal person's outrageous. So many twitter fans in agreement wondering about just exactly what these wacky, wonderful writers were on when they wrote their weird and wild words.

Nothing was too stupid or ridiculous to show. Science and logic went out the broken windows that the Sharknados caused. I don't think the writers ever threw out an idea on the basis of "but that could never happen.". Rather, that was their goal.
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Review: The Re-Write Starring Hugh Grant - It's Right on for Hugh Grant Fans by Suzanne Ordas Curry

If you're a Hugh Grant fan, you'll like the Re-Write. You won't love, love it, the way you love Love Actually or Bridget Jones' Diary, but you'll actually like it.

Hugh Grant plays the same type of character we've often seen him as in the past, a womanizer, someone who doesn't play by the rules, and as in several of his past movies, like About a Boy and Music And Lyrics (same writer on this one), he plays a washed-up has-been. One that we root for to accomplish something more. Read more:

Broad Street Pictures Launched by Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas in NYC

Perched on the 9th floor of The # 3 West Club overlooking Rockefeller Center invited guests were the first to learn about the first venture of Broad Street Pictures, LLC.  Broad Street Pictures is founded by Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas. Producer/Actress Alysia currently plays the roles of  Fig in the wildly successful Netflix drams Orange is the New Black and D. A Parks in the new Shonda Rhimes ABC hit How To Get Away With Murder. Philadelphia's Sarah Megan Thomas is the executive producer and writer of the movie Backwards, now available nationwide in stores including Walmart and on most on-demand services. She also starred in it. Both of these ladies have substantial resumes of acting roles in familiar shows.
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Break out the Holly, Just in the Nick of Time, It's Holiday Movie Season Again: What to Expect and Where to Find Them   

Ah, holiday movie seasonIt seems to start earlier and earlier each year. And, it's expanding like the universe. I used to be glued to Falalala Lifetime, now I find my home mainly on the Hallmark Channel, checking in on the weekends on Lifetime, clicking the Channel to Up every so often and tuning into the classics on ABC Family at night. Speaking of ABC family, it is just impossible to have watched the Home Alone or Santa Clause franchises too many times, and I will never get sick of Elf either.  To read the rest of this article click here:

Hayes Walsh and Spencer Muhlstock Produce a Riveting Thriller, Smash's Christian Borle and Local Fave Rosie McCooe Star

It’s always exciting to see young people following their passion, and when they follow through, and do it right, it’s a sight to behold.

I happen to be speaking to an actor friend of mine, Rosie Gunther McCooe, and she mentioned how she was in a new film by two students at her local high school, called Shutterflies. As with many independent films these days, it was funded through Indiegogo.  The movie was premiering at a local theater in NJ, the gem of Ridgewood smack in the middle of Ridgewood’s downtown area. I went with my son, who is doing music for another student film in my town along with the two student film makers doing that film. Read:

NJ Director Caytha Jentis Takes a Poke at the Soccer Parent    Movie Available in Target, On Amazon, Netflix and Now on HBO

It's a typical beautiful, stately Ridgewood home, perched on top of just enough of a hill to add to its grandeur. It's on a typical Ridgwood street, tree-lined, calm and very, very, suburban. It's much like the kind of street you see in the movies, in fact very similar to the idyllic lane at the end of both the new and old Miracle on 34th Street films. 

As a publicist I was there for a meeting about a movie entitled "Bad Parents" that was opening for a four night run at the Ridgewood Clearview Cinema in January of 2013. The opening was just 2 weeks away and there was so much to do. On the agenda was getting the word out on it and planning the Red Carpet event. Bad Parents is aptly named. It is about parents behaving badly. Click here to read rest of article:

Adam Sandler: Totally LOL

I remember the first time I heard The Chanukah Song on Saturday Night Live. It was all the rage with my friends and I. Who sings that? He's so funny!! That was back in 1994. 

Two decades later he's turned that same zany, off-the-wall, out-of-the box and sometimes ridiculous sense of humor into a comedy empire. 

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Attention all RHONJ Fans! Did You Know That RHONJ's 
Jaqueline Laurita is in a Movie? 

Does anyone know that RHONJ Jaqueline Laurita is in a movie? She may be the first of any of the  "Real Housewives" franchise to appear on the big screen - only Andy Cohen would know for sure- but for certain she is the first Real Housewife of NJ to be in a full-length feature film. 
Truth be told it's just a cameo appearance, so you really have to keep an eye out for her when you're watching the movie... but she looks great and "healthy" in the movie - hint hint! Jacqueline is in the movie Bad Parents, which was released for a limited theater run earlier this year. It's now available on Amazon, at Target and on Redbox. It is coming to NETFLIX in December.

Bad Parents was made in Jacqueline's home state by a NJ director. The movie was filmed in and around northern NJ, so pretty true to life Jacqueline may well have frequented the places seen in the movie and the place she if featured being seen in. Here's the trailer:

The move is a satirical slice-of-life film about obsessed soccer parents. That's enough said there if you have children or have been at any organized sport activity where the parents have just a little too much to do with what is going on. Bad Parents is LOL. It stars Janeane Garofalo (Truth About Cats and Dogs, and Jerry's female equivalent in Seinfield), Michael Boatman, Kristen Johnston (Third Rock, Music and Lyrics), Cheri Oteri (SNL, Grownups2), and Christopher Titus (Titus). Also in the cast is Ben Bailey (Cash Cab),
Reiko Aylesworth (Hawaii 5-0, Lost), and Rebecca Budig (All My Children) and Bill Sage (American Psycho).

Director/Writer/Producer Caytha Jentis (The OneThen Came Love)  and Producer Dorothy Fucito said that they were happy to have Jaqueline in the movie and that she was a pleasure to work with.

You will have to watch the movie to find Jaqueline. I'm not giving an more hints. You can buy it now on Amazon  at or rent it on Redbox. Or, you can see it when it when it premieres on Netflix in December. This movie is not rated but it is really for adults and not young children. You can also enter to win a FREE COPY ON SUZEEBEHINDTHESCENES  as I will be giving away a Bad Parents DVD and t-shirt package on this site. Just scroll to the bottom of the homepage, enter in your email address and write "Bad Parents Movie Contest" in the box. (Your name won't be shared or used for anything but this contest.)

Happy Hunting for Jacqueline!

Guiding Light's Rebecca Budig Stars in Bad Parents

We Love Soaps: Rebecca Budig Plays a 'Mean Mom' in 'Bad Parents' ...: Are you the soccer mom or dad that screams at all the games? The parent that watches every move your child makes as well as every move ever...