Category Archives: Reviews

Coen Brothers return to familiar territory in Hail, Caesar!

0 Submitted by on Fri, 05 February 2016, 11:01
by Sandra Kraisirideja Hail, Caesar! is the latest movie from Joel and Ethan Coen that uses humor and a wacky sensibility to ponder religion, politics, and entertainment. It’s a valentine to the Golden Age of Hollywood starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Channing Tatum. The story is set Continue Reading...
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Review: Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn”

0 Submitted by on Mon, 23 November 2015, 07:56
by Sandra Kraisirideja Brooklyn recalls a time that feels foreign in this always-connected world where social media and technology help bring people together. I grew up in the ’70s and the only time I could call my cousin, who lived a mere two hours away in the same state, was on Sundays when long distance phone calls were less expensive. Continue Reading...
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Review: Spotlight with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams

0 Submitted by on Fri, 13 November 2015, 01:56
by Sandra Kraisirideja Focused on the Boston Globe’s investigation of sexual abuse in the Boston Archdiocese, the film Spotlight manages to make the everyday work of investigative journalists exciting to watch. It shouldn’t be compelling to watch a group of people hunched over thick name directories, searching for accused pedophiles armed with nothing more than a ruler and a pen, Continue Reading...
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Review: The Peanuts Movie hits the big screen in 3-D

0 Submitted by on Fri, 06 November 2015, 00:37
by Sandra Kraisirideja Charles Schulz’s Peanuts gang has finally made it to the big screen and the result is quite magical. The Peanuts Movie incorporates all of the elements that made the TV shows so beloved while updating the animation style in a way that honors the old look and makes it look more modern. Director Steve Martino, working off Continue Reading...
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Review: Steven Spielberg directs Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies

0 Submitted by on Fri, 16 October 2015, 14:01
by Sandra Kraisirideja Bridge of Spies, the latest historically based drama from director Steven Spielberg, has impeccable production design and a solid cast led by Tom Hanks but the story lags and there isn’t enough conflict to keep viewers fully engaged during its 141 minute running time. Historical dramas by esteemed directors are the kinds of movies that populate streaming Continue Reading...
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Review: “Everest” with Jake Gyllenhaal and Jason Clarke

0 Submitted by on Fri, 18 September 2015, 00:47
by Sandra Kraisirideja “Everest” is thin on character development and story but still delivers an intense, immersive film experience, especially when viewed in IMAX 3D. Directed by Baltasur Kormakur from a screenplay by William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy, “Everest” boasts an impressive roster of acting talent including Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Robin Wright, Keira Continue Reading...
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Review: “Learning to Drive” with Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley

0 Submitted by on Thu, 03 September 2015, 23:50
by Sandra Kraisirideja Patricia Clarkson plays a woman coming to terms with the end of her 21 year marriage in the light-hearted comedy “Learning to Drive.” Ben Kingsley also stars as a Sikh driving instructor who helps guide Clarkson’s character, Wendy, toward greater independence. A woman rediscovering herself is not a new subject in the movies, but “Learning to Drive” Continue Reading...
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Review: A LEGO Brickumentary

0 Submitted by on Wed, 22 July 2015, 10:57
by Sandra Kraisirideja A LEGO Brickumentary plays like a love letter to the thousands of fans who have helped shape LEGO into the company it is today. Narrated by Jason Bateman, the documentary comes a year after the enormous success of The LEGO Movie. In fact, one of the scenes in the documentary shows master builders constructing the huge LEGO Continue Reading...
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Review: Inside Out is a Perfect Primer for Parents with Teens

0 Submitted by on Fri, 19 June 2015, 01:09
by Sandra Kraisirideja Inside Out, the new Disney Pixar movie featuring the voice talent of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black and Phyllis Smith, deals with concepts and emotions that will resonate strongly with pre-teens and their parents. The ideas in the movie reflect the new parental challenges being faced director Pete Docter as his daughter, Elie, grew Continue Reading...
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Review: Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in Jurassic World

0 Submitted by on Wed, 10 June 2015, 06:00
by Sandra Kraisirideja Jurassic World, starring fan favorite Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, is so highly anticipated that it will not matter what critics say about the movie. Audiences are going to see it and they will love it. What it lacks in story and character development is more than made up for with spectacular visual effects and amazing Continue Reading...
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