Roro (Fares Fares), who’s Lebanese-Swedish, is dating a girl (Tuva Novotny) he knows his family won’t approve of… which is why he agrees to pretend like he’s going to marry another girl (Laleh Pourkarim) who also needs a cover. The director’s first feature film shows him weaving his Beirut background into a fast-moving comedy about … Continue reading Jalla! Jalla!
HE’S MOVING IN… SHE’S MOVING OUT… IT’S LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT! On a recent episode of Billions, two of the characters were talking about qualifying for the Traveling Wilburys, the band consisting only of legends like Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison. They agreed that in the world of acting, Jack Nicholson would be … Continue reading The Goodbye Girl: Another Odd Couple
HE’S DONE KEEPING HIS STORY STRAIGHT. Teenager Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) hasn’t told anyone yet that he’s gay, but an e-mail conversation that he begins with another closeted boy changes his life. The director’s first feature in eight years is a romantic comedy for teenagers in the vein of John Hughes movies, complete with an … Continue reading Love, Simon
WHY SO ANGRY? On Bird Island, Red, who’s attending an anger management class, becomes suspicious of a boat full of green-colored pigs that arrives one day; what are they after…? After the success of The Lego Movie (2014) there would obviously be more attempts to take a lucrative commercial franchise and try to make something … Continue reading The Angry Birds Movie
ALL THEY WANTED WAS A LITTLE GETAWAY. ALL THEY GOT WAS NOTHING BUT TROUBLE. On their way to Atlantic City, financial publisher Chris Thorne (Chevy Chase), a lawyer (Demi Moore) and two wealthy Brazilian clients get stuck in the small town of Valkenvania where they end up in front of a 106-year-old judge (Dan Aykroyd)… … Continue reading Nothing but Trouble
THE FAIREST LADY OF ALL – AUDREY HEPBURN IN ONE OF HER MOST DELICIOUS DELIGHTS! Nowadays, we’re used to debating movies that are accused of whitewashing, the practice where caucasian actors are hired to play people of color. Back in 1961, when Mickey Rooney was hired to play the Japanese neighbor in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, … Continue reading Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Holly’s Game
IT WAS THE PERFECT HOUSE… UNTIL HE DECIDED TO FIX IT. After getting married, Nick and Suzanne (Ice Cube, Nia Long) start looking for a house in the suburbs… but the place they find needs more work than they can imagine. The sequel to Are We There Yet? (2005) is also a remake of Mr. … Continue reading Are We Done Yet?
PREPARE FOR THE SECOND COMING. After a tragedy that changes his life, Wade (Ryan Reynolds) meets a 14-year-old mutant (Julian Dennison) with fiery powers who is being hunted by a time-traveling soldier (Josh Brolin). The sequel will satisfy everyone who liked the first movie, especially if you’re into wisecracks and meta jokes, and there is … Continue reading Deadpool 2
HE’S A BIG CITY PLASTIC SURGON… IN A SMALL TOWN THAT DOESN’T TAKE PLASTIC. On his way to Los Angeles where he’s just gotten a job as a plastic surgeon, Benjamin Stone (Michael J. Fox) crashes his car in a small town in South Carolina and is sentenced to community service. In later years, it … Continue reading Doc Hollywood
SETS THE CINEMA BACK 900 YEARS! King Arthur (Graham Chapman) is riding all over medieval Britain, trying to find men who can join his Knights of the Round Table. The first Monty Python film, And Now For Something Completely Different (1971), was a series of skits. You could arguably say the same about this one, … Continue reading Monty Python and the Holy Grail
A POST-WAR COMEDY WITH CHUTZPAH. In 1946, David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu), one of the surviving Jews in Frankfurt, sets up a shady business venture together with a group of other Jews, while also being interrogated by the American military who suspect that he might have been a collaborator during the war. There’s plenty of truth … Continue reading Bye Bye Germany
The first film in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s ”Trilogy of life” was based on a medieval book containing 14 novellas that offer eroticism, laughs, horrors and general silliness. In short, the film as a whole is a smorgasbord of impressions. Settling for eight tales and a loose frame story with the director himself as a painter, … Continue reading The Decameron
7 DAYS. 2 FAMILIES. NO BACKING OUT. With one week to go, Kenny Lustig (Adam Sandler) is desperately trying to get everything organized before his daughter’s wedding, including making sure both families’ constant demands are met. Several former Saturday Night Live talents (including writer Robert Smigel in his directing debut) gathered for this overlong comedy … Continue reading The Week Of