I, Tonya

Film Title

I, Tonya

Synopsis

The story of Tonya Harding and why she might not be the worst person of 1994.

Director

Craig Gillespie

Cast

Margot Robbie
Sebastian Stan
Allison Janney
Julianne Nicholson
Bobby Cannavale
McKenna Grace

A little bit. (It’s award consideration season and I’m playing catch-up. As I tear through them, I thought I’d try mini-reviews. Enjoy!) In 1994, Tonya Harding was the most hated person in America (well, at least until O.J. Simpson went for a drive in his white Bronco). In 2017, anyone who watches I, Tonya is […]

The Disaster Artist

Film Title

The Disaster Artist

Synopsis

A brilliant telling of the making of an un-brilliant film.

Director

James Franco

Cast

James Franco
Dave Franco
Alison Brie
Seth Rogen
Ari Graynor
Jacki Weaver
Paul Scheer
Josh Hutcherson

Art has nothing to do with it. (It’s award consideration season and I’m playing catch-up. As I tear through them, I thought I’d try mini-reviews. Enjoy!) On my Movie Fixers podcast, we covered a movie called The Room from 2003. It is easily one of the worst movies ever put to film (think bad Lifetime […]

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Film Title

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Synopsis

It’s not just about the billboards.

Director

Martin McDonagh

Cast

Frances McDormand
Woody Harrelson
Caleb Landry Jones
Sam Rockwell
Lucas Hedges
Peter Dinklage
John Hawkes
Samara Weaving
Sandy Martin

Whose side are you on? (It’s award consideration season and I’m playing catch-up. As I tear through them, I thought I’d try mini-reviews. Enjoy!) About seventeen minutes into Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, [Goat’s Review] Sheriff Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) has the following exchange with distraught mother Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) whose daughter was raped and […]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Film Title

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Synopsis

Star Wars

Director

Rian Johnson

Cast

Daisy Ridley
Mark Hamill
Adam Driver
Domhnall Gleeson
Carrie Fisher
Andy Serkis
Oscar Isaac
John Boyega
Kelly Marie Tran
Laura Dern
Benicio de Toro
Gwendoline Christie

I’m not sure either side should win. As much as I look forward to many movies every year, none of them do I anticipate as much as Star Wars. Since writing movie reviews does not pay the bills (or anything but movie admissions, for that matter) and advanced screenings of Star Wars flicks are always […]

The Shape of Water

Film Title

The Shape of Water

Director

Guillermo del Toro

Cast

Sally Hawkins
Michael Shannon
Octavia Spencer
Richard Jenkins
Doug Jones
Michael Stuhlbarg

There is a hole in your shape. (It’s award consideration season and I’m playing catch-up. As I tear through them, I thought I’d try mini-reviews. Enjoy!) The Shape of Water is another attempt by Guillermo del Toro to convince us he is anything more than weird creatures. To be fair, Pacific Rim was absurdly entertaining […]

It Comes at Night

Film Title

It Comes at Night

Synopsis

A family cowers in their house in the forest from something that never comes.

Director

Trey Edward Shults

Cast

Joel Edgerton
Christopher Abbott
Carmen Ejogo
Riley Keough
Kelvin Harrison Jr.

It didn’t in this movie. (It’s award consideration season and I’m playing catch-up. As I tear through them, I thought I’d try mini-reviews. Enjoy!) Nothing ruins a movie quite like failing to follow through on a promise. It Comes at Night is a title that promises us something coming at night. For an hour and […]

A Ghost Story

Film Title

A Ghost Story

Synopsis

Bed sheets and pie.

Director

David Lowery

Cast

Casey Affleck
Rooney Mara

Let’s watch some paint dry. (It’s award consideration season and I’m playing catch-up. As I tear through them, I thought I’d try mini-reviews. Enjoy!) Have you ever wondered what happens when you die? Of course you have; you are a human person. A Ghost Story offers writer/director David Lowery’s guess at the afterlife and it […]

The Post

Film Title

The Post

Synopsis

The story of how the Pentagon Papers came to light.

Director

Steven Spielberg

Cast

Tom Hanks
Meryl Streep
Sarah Paulson
Bradley Whitford
Bob Odenkirk
Tracy Letts
Bruce Greenwood
Matthew Rhys
Alison Brie

Deja vu. I’ve tried to keep politics out of my reviews, with the exception of an occasional swipe or two. I have very strong opinions, especially in our current situation, but I know that’s not why you come here. You just want to know how a movie was and, hopefully, laugh at my jokes and […]

Good Time

Film Title

Good Time

Synopsis

Two brothers botch a bank robbery and it’s debatable which one is truly the mentally handicapped one.

Director

Ben & Josh Safdie

Cast

Robert Pattinson
Ben Safdie
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Barkhad Abdi
Buddy Duress
Taliah Webster

Not so much. (It’s award consideration season and I’m playing catch-up. As I tear through them, I thought I’d try mini-reviews. Enjoy!) I have hang-ups with titles that don’t make sense and Good Time is a textbook example. Good Time is about two brothers, one of whom is mentally disabled – Nick (Ben Safdie), who […]

Battle of the Sexes

Film Title

Battle of the Sexes

Synopsis

The story of Billie Jean King’s first lesbian relationship and also a tennis match.

Director

Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

Cast

Emma Stone
Steve Carrell
Sarah Silverman
Bill Pullman

Double fault. (It’s award consideration season and I’m playing catch-up. As I tear through them, I thought I’d try mini-reviews. Enjoy!) Don’t you hate it when a movie starts out strong, then withers and dies by the end? Battle of the Sexes advertised its main plot as the storied tennis match between Billie Jean King […]