The emotional roar of Lion stretches long

Oh, what happened to 5-year-old Saroo. He’s already living a tough life in India, trying to please his wily older brother Guddu and in turn their hard-working mother, navigating the dusty streets and mean markets to bring home a few coins and maybe a couple slim bags of milk to fill cups from them and…

The Shack brings you to places you can only imagine

Mack had things good in life. Lovely and loving wife. Three smart and connected children. A robust family dynamic that included curious talk and practice of faith that strayed just enough from the center to keep him involved and interested. And then came that fateful camping trip out to the woods. There are a lot…

The kid in the middle is truly Gifted

Frank Adler stood up when hard times came knocking. That’s what we learn early in <Gifted, the heart-tugger directed by Marc Webb from the screenplay by Tom Flynn. Six years ago, Frank’s sister ended her life, leaving a baby behind. He decided to raise little Mary as his own. She really takes after her mother…

Oh, Mama, The Meddler gives Susan Sarandon a juicy role

Don’t let the title fool you. Sure, The Meddler features a mom who sticks her nose into places that exasperate her grown daughter in all ways possible. No make that the brain, voice and moxie of mother Marnie, who followed her grown kid Lori to Los Angeles from the East Coast, only to have a…

DeNiro does everything his way in The Comedian

Jackie Burke is a piece of work. As long as you accept that the guy played by Robert DeNiro in The Comedian will always say and do something that will make you cringe, cower or cry more likely than laugh, you’ll get along with the struggling-to-find work former sitcom star just fine. When we first…