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…

Hathaway wastes a lot of energy in The Last Thing He Wanted

Choosing movies during the never-ending stay-at-home has turned into a Netflix scroll. Oh, look, Anne Hathaway and Ben Affleck in a 2020 thriller adapted from a Joan Didion novel. Click for The Last Thing Wanted. Dee Rees directed and co-wrote with Marco Villabos this adventure set in the 1980s. It’s based on the Iran Contra…

Get sad as good people spiral in Marriage Story

Marriage Story is as sad a movie as I’ll see during this stay-at-home, I’m quite certain during and right after watching it on Netflix with my dear wife Karen, blotting my eyes with a tissue and knowing in my heart that it deserved the praise and honors of this year’s award shows. Oh, how these…