The Prom delivers a message of inclusion … and dancing

What would happen if the no-you-can’t mentality that created the dancing kids back in the days of <em>Footloose</em> took place in a society where social media could spread the word of cloak to a group of repressed-by-the-machine players in the big world? Hold onto your degrees of separation and get ready to pop up from…

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…

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…