Don’t expect to laugh large for Downsizing

If you’ve seen the trailer for Downsizing, you might have been swept away by Matt Damon’s impish little smile at the thought of being swept away to a land of little people. Cute comedy? Sometimes. Damon has range as Paul Safranek, a middle-class, Middle America sort who toils to reach modest dreams with his wife…

The Post reminds us what publish or perish means

There is no fake news in The Post. Weak-kneed journalist need not apply, either, as the president and his justice department followers attempt to put the clamps on a free press. Sound familiar? But this ripped-from-the-news docudrama directed by Steven Spielberg from the work of screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer turns the calendar way…

Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad have the right stuff in Marshall

Before Thurgood Marshall could become one of the icons of American culture by righting so many injustices and becoming the first African American Supreme Court Justice, the young attorney had to overcome many prejudices himself. So we find him as an NAACP nomad in Marshall, leaving his family home in New York City to argue…

Greta Gerwig airs it all out in the fresh, honest Lady Bird

If you’re not clued into the special connection Greta Gerwig has to the independent spirit among us, you’re not paying attention. Gerwig is a rising star of things cool and somewhat out there, an actress of building resonance and confidence with great turns in two 2016 movies of note, playing First Lady aide Nancy Tuckerman…

Churchill’s dilemma chills still in Darkest Hour

The history lessons in Darkest Hour shine various lights on Winston Churchill, the King and his Empire, and the oh-so-many players linked to them in the days that Adolph Hitler’s troops marched toward the closest shores and into their collective psyches. Oh, what a drama this is, a deep and dark march into pages that…