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Crown Vic movie review & film summary (2019)

There’s a Stiff Records single from 1977 by the late Larry Wallis called “Police Car”; the first verse goes “I'm armed, and dangerous/I prowl the streets at night ... If you see a creep/In your rear-view mirror/It's a hungry black and…

Klaus movie review & film summary (2019)

The goofy and charming "Klaus" probably plays better if you don't know going in that it's a Santa Claus origin story. That's almost inconceivable considering the tip-off title, the trailers, and, well, everything else about the project,…

Playing with Fire movie review (2019)

It’s clear that we’re entering surreal territory very early on in the family comedy “Playing With Fire” – specifically, from the opening titles. The movie begins with a wildfire raging through a Northern California forest. People are…

Honey Boy movie review & film summary (2019)

"I'm your cheerleader, honey boy."  James Lort (Shia LaBeouf) says this to his son, 11-year-old Otis (Noah Jupe), whose career acting in movies and television keeps the shattered family afloat financially. The words are supportive on…

Midway movie review & film summary (2019)

Roland Emmerich’s “Midway” is not the first movie to cover the battle widely considered as the turning point in World War II’s Pacific Theater. Back in 1976, Charlton Heston and Henry Fonda headlined a prior film of the same name, this…

Doctor Sleep movie review & film summary (2019)

Mike Flanagan’s “Doctor Sleep” connects the visions of Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick with his own style, made most popular in Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House.” It is an often effective blend of the three as it’s forced to pay…
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