Star Wars Fans Have Much To Rejoice Over Ron Howard’s Han Solo Movie

Unlike the abysmal The Last Jedi movie, Solo Emphasizes Story Telling Over Lefty Propaganda and Special Effects

The Merchant of Mars

The head of NASA convinces the President that space exploration should be done by private industry, and the United States government declares, “The first person to land on Mars, live there a year, and return alive owns the whole Red Planet.”

‘Skyscraper’ Rises to the Occasion

Two plot points serve as bookends for the plot and theme of writer and director Rawson Marshall Thurber's Skyscraper. They're mercifully on time and surprisingly simple yet effective. I wish the movie's gratitude theme was layered with more complexity. But this...

Streisand’s ‘A Star is Born’ (1976) Falters

The second remake of William Wellman's historic A Star is Born (1937) suffers from the same or similar problems as the Fifties' Judy Garland vehicle. Going with the same iconic title as the original and the 1954 film, the 1976 version also puts spectacle over...

Judy Garland Dominates ‘A Star is Born’ (1954)

Hollywood's first remake of William Wellman's searing 1937 tragedy, A Star is Born, neither enhances nor detracts from the original. Director George Cukor, working from Moss Hart's screenplay (based upon the original script), mixes music into the story, which remains...

Man Shapes Life on Earth in ‘Heaven Can Wait’ (1978)

This year marks 40 years since Paramount Pictures debuted its other big box office hit in 1978. Heaven Can Wait, not to be confused with the delightful Ernst Lubitsch comedy with the same title, was released within weeks of Paramount's popular musical Grease. The...

‘The Incredibles 2’ Satisfies

With the same voice cast and writer and director, Brad Bird, as the 2004 original, this Pixar sequel, which is being released 14 years after its animated characters debuted, offers more of the same. By my estimate, and I enjoyed The Incredibles with qualifications,...

Choose ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’

The year's second best picture is a new, partly animated movie which offers a radical alternative to most of what's playing at the movie theater. It's a documentary about a white male who's a married, registered Republican father of two boys. While this is not what...

‘Grease’ (1978) Rocks and Rolls

Grease revels in the pure enjoyment of contrasting clean-cut and raunchy un-seriousness. It brings both into alignment and this is its enduring charm. Forty years after Grease debuted in movie theaters to major blockbuster success, the 1978 Allan Carr musical...

‘Ocean’s 8’ Bobs

Beginning with a visual blur, as several current movies do, the all-female Ocean’s 8 takes a while to take shape, settling into a generic caper movie groove which is ultimately as satisfying as its advertising. Sandra Bullock leads but doesn’t carry the picture. Part...

‘Cavalcade’ (1933) Proceeds with Gallantry

The title of this movie, which won 1933's Best Picture at the Academy Awards, tells you how to regard this movie. The epic motion picture, based upon a play by Noel Coward, plays as a pictorial procession. It's a tale of one couple and the ravages of war. Cavalcade,...

Elia Kazan’s ‘Boomerang!’ Comes Back

Reader's Digest published Fulton Oursler's article in its December 1945 edition which, in turn, became the basis for director Elia Kazan's second of 19 feature-length motion pictures, Boomerang! (1947). An especially relevant and taut film it is, too. Steeped as it is...

Roundup: 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival

With a festival theme of classic movies originating with literature, Turner Classic Movies' 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood satiated, enticed and, on occasion, stirred in audiences the power and wonder that the original filmmakers intended decades ago....