A Christmas Carol Stage Review

A Christmas Carol Stage Review

A Christmas Carol Review Milwaukee Repertory TheaterWho doesn’t love A Christmas Carol? It is simultaneously exquisite entertainment and precious life lesson. Charles Dickens’ classic works across all mediums. From current cinematic biopic in theaters (The Man Who Invented Christmas), to the made-for-TV hit (A Christmas Carol: The Musical), it is a story that perfectly lends ..

The Edge of Seventeen Review

The Edge of Seventeen Review

RYAN: I wasn’t prepared going into this film for how great it was going to be. It’s really a spectacular movie. And it takes a bold movie to open against Fantastic Beasts this weekend, this one is worthy. Granted it is an entirely different genre – this is a dramedy. But it’s the best teen movie since The Perks of ..

Arrival Review

Arrival Review

RYAN: This film is astonishing. It’s like a sequel to one of my all time favorite movies – Contact. I am awestruck by it. I mean, I actually sat in awe of this movie – just enjoying it but then also impressed so much by how savvy the script is. It fully manipulates you in the audience. ..

Almost Christmas Review

Almost Christmas Review

RYAN: We need a little Christmas right about now, don’t we? CAROLINE: Well, ’tis the season! How is this movie? RYAN: It has one major strength, some little ones and then a big weakness. It’s not bad though. CAROLINE: Doesn’t sounds very convincing. RYAN: Maybe I’m a bit jaded on the holidays right now because ..

Moonlight Review

Moonlight Review

RYAN: I’ve gotta jump on the bandwagon with all the incredible buzz surrounding Moonlight – it’s such a different kind of movie that tells a great story, that I’m happy to join in the chorus singing its praises. CAROLINE: You really can’t turn anywhere in movie circles these days without hearing about this one. I haven’t ..

Moonlight – Interview with Composer Nick Britell

Moonlight – Interview with Composer Nick Britell

Moonlight is one of the breakout films of the year. Garnering much buzz heading into the prestigious awards season, the movie deserves the accolades, though is still quite an underdog, considering the themes and casting. But once in a while good things happen to good movies. I love it when a film with great story, made with ..

Denial Review

Denial Review

RYAN: Based on the true story of writer/historian Deborah Lipstadt, Denial is the best courtroom drama since A Few Good Men – and this time the stakes are higher, knowing it actually happened. CAROLINE: Wow. That sounds impressive. How is Rachel Weisz in this? RYAN: It’s the role of a lifetime for her. She has a personal connection ..

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Review

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Review

RYAN: It’s not as good as the first, but it’s still a Tom Cruise action movie. Four years after the first Jack Reacher, comes the sequel and while I don’t wanna call it a sequel slump, it’s not as fresh as the first. But there are some real areas that are weaker than others in this ..

The Accountant Review

The Accountant Review

RYAN: Ben Affleck’s latest is a crime drama/thriller and I found it interesting because it’s a thinly veiled superhero film. He is Batman, He’s been Daredevil. He’s now playing an accountant with special skills based on the fact he’s autistic. This film makes autism a superpower – in a way. Well that and the fact ..

Desierto Review

Desierto Review

RYAN: Desierto is Spanish for Desert and that’s where this film takes place. Written and directed by Jonas Cuaron, who cowrote Gravity with his father, Alfonso, this is one messed up movie – in a good way. It’s like watching someone go human hunting. It’s horrible. Not the movie – but the concept. CAROLINE: Oh – I was ..

The Girl on the Train Review

The Girl on the Train Review

RYAN: We just saw the remake of Gone Girl and it’s better than the original. NATHEN: (laughs) It does have its similarities. RYAN: I liked this a lot more; but Gone Girl had a better score. Based on another bestseller, The Girl on the Train, which I never read; it’s very good. It’s twisted. And just give Emily Blunt the Oscar. This ..

The Birth of a Nation Review

The Birth of a Nation Review

RYAN: This movie starts out in 1809 and covers slavery in a way that should be required viewing – it’s, as ever, an outrage and a necessary education. This is based on the true story of Nat Turner, a slave who fought back, in a way making this a loose non-fantasy version of Django Unchained. BECKY: (laughs) ..