Brian Dennehy takes us from gruff to sweet one more time in Driveways

Every once in a while, you’re treated with the most unlikely transformation of grizzly bear to teddy bear. Brian Dennehy pulls the switch off with equal reluctance, acceptance, recognition and charm in the most marvelous little independent film Driveways. Directed by Andrew Ahn from the screenplay Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, this sweet 2019 film…

Is it what’s in the Banana Split or the local flavor?

Made in Liverpool, N.Y., this movie Banana Split that’s become a Netflix fave of late. My eyes opened wider at that declaration. I’ve followed the reports about the movie production company based in the old school building a couple miles down the block from our house and even a shorter distance from the library where…

My first impression about The Wrong Missy holds mostly true

Watching Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? this season with my dear wife Karen, we noticed how well celebrity contestant Lauren Laplus projected from the hot seat across from Jimmy Kimmel. Smart. Cool. Engaged. Successful. So different than the characters we usually spot her playing on our widescreen, including that prison guard in one of…

Hamilton lives up to all of that jazz

Add Hamilton to my list of waited-too-long to discover. My good friend KP told me years ago how he listened to the soundtrack in his car. I read about the merging of rap and Broadway, raised an eyebrow and … didn’t buy the music, or try to get down to Broadway or … Then I…

Big hopes for The Lovebirds remain unfulfilled

The last time Kumail Nanjiani took the lead with Michael Showalter directing, the world was warmed by the surprise 2017 hit The Big Sick. So this Netflix comedy pairing the standup star next to Issa Rae with Showalter at the helm comes with high hopes. Oh, how I kept waiting for that spark. We meet…

Adam Sandler makes you squirm lots in Uncut Gems

You know the guy who won’t shut up? Won’t realize that you’re not kidding when you act that you don’t want him to come around anymore? Won’t stop doing the bad things that make his life worse and worse and worse? Meet Howard Ratner in Uncut Gems. And wow, does Adam Sandler play this manic…