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A Family House Lies in the Heart of the Matter in 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco'

Mark Bialczak | 4 months ago
The big, beautiful house always sticks in Jimmie’s mind, sometimes in reality and always in his dreams.
A Family House Lies in the Heart of the Matter in 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco'

'Banana Split' Indeed Moves Past the Friendly Liverpool Familiar

Mark Bialczak | 4 months ago
Oooooh, they're eating at Heid's!
'Banana Split' Indeed Moves Past the Friendly Liverpool Familiar

'Driveways' Lets Us Appreciate Brian Dennehy Demonstrate His Wide Range One More Time

Mark Bialczak | 4 months ago
Brian Dennehy pulls the switch off with equal reluctance, acceptance, recognition and charm in the most marvelous little independent film Driveways.
'Driveways' Lets Us Appreciate Brian Dennehy Demonstrate His Wide Range One More Time

'I Am Not Your Negro' Proves to Be Timeless

Mark Bialczak | 5 months ago
Raoul Peck directed I Am Not Your Negro from the words and mind of James Baldwin in 2016.
'I Am Not Your Negro' Proves to Be Timeless

'Just Mercy' Shows the Deep Scars of Legal Racial Horror

Mark Bialczak | 5 months ago
The decade in which the incidents that Just Mercy are based upon is the 1980s.
'Just Mercy' Shows the Deep Scars of Legal Racial Horror

You Can Find 'Bernadette' Complex and Slightly Amazing

Mark Bialczak | 10 months ago
Sometimes the best of us can get lost without really identifying the when’s, why’s and how’s.
You Can Find 'Bernadette' Complex and Slightly Amazing

Listen to Enzo, and bring Kleenex to 'The Art of Racing in the Rain'

Mark Bialczak | 11 months ago
If you’ve ever owned a dog, wanted to own a dog or petted a dog you passed on the street corner, bring at least one full box of Kleenex to...
Listen to Enzo, and bring Kleenex to 'The Art of Racing in the Rain'

Buy in to 'Yesterday' and All Your Troubles May Go So Far Away

Mark Bialczak | 12 months ago
A lot of really bad things could happen if all the power in the world went out at once.
Buy in to 'Yesterday' and All Your Troubles May Go So Far Away

There's a Lot to Appreciate about 'Toy Story 4,' Old and New

Mark Bialczak | 13 months ago
How much of a good thing is too much?
There's a Lot to Appreciate about 'Toy Story 4,' Old and New

Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson Add Undeniable Chemistry for Con-Artist Fans

Mark Bialczak | 15 months ago
The big-con buddy movie surely is not new to Hollywood. In fact, this year’s The Hustle takes its cue from two generational films before it: Bedtime Story with Marlon Brando...
Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson Add Undeniable Chemistry for Con-Artist Fans

Felicity Jones Relives the Roots of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Wisdom in 'On the Basis of Sex'

Mark Bialczak | 17 months ago
Two films released in 2018 told the gigantic story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Felicity Jones Relives the Roots of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Wisdom in 'On the Basis of Sex'

Feel the Soap in Julianne Moore's 'Bel Canto,' But Who Gets Out of These Things Cleanly?

Mark Bialczak | 18 months ago
Picture a hostage situation where everybody gets along inside the gates.
Feel the Soap in Julianne Moore's 'Bel Canto,' But Who Gets Out of These Things Cleanly?

Feel the Pinnings on an Unlikely Friendship in 'Green Book'

Mark Bialczak | 19 months ago
At the start of Green Book, we see Tony “Lip” Vallelonga operating through famed Manhattan nightclub The Copa as if he owned the joint.
Feel the Pinnings on an Unlikely Friendship in 'Green Book'

Nobody Seems Amazed at The Rock Scaling Adversity in 'Skyscraper'

Mark Bialczak | 20 months ago
Bad guys foiled by the guy played by Dwayne Johnson?
Nobody Seems Amazed at The Rock Scaling Adversity in 'Skyscraper'

Rami Malek, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Live Up to the Challenges of Channeling Freddie Mercury, Queen

Mark Bialczak | 20 months ago
If you lived through and paid any sort of attention to the real life and times of one Freddie Mercury and the band he led called Queen, you should recall...
Rami Malek, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Live Up to the Challenges of Channeling Freddie Mercury, Queen

Ryan Gosling Tackles Neil Armstrong Oh-So-Stolidly in 'First Man'

Mark Bialczak | 21 months ago
Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong stepped down that Apollo 11 ladder and made history.
Ryan Gosling Tackles Neil Armstrong Oh-So-Stolidly in 'First Man'

The Jurassic Dinosaurs Won't Give Up Their Kingdom without a Fight

Mark Bialczak | 21 months ago
In the fifth(!) installment of the movie series first adapted 28(!!) years ago from Michael Crichton’s forward- and backward-thinking novel Jurassic Park, the island set aside for the dinosaurs is...
The Jurassic Dinosaurs Won't Give Up Their Kingdom without a Fight

Robert Redford Sure Turns Forrest Tucker Appealing in 'The Old Man and the Gun'

Mark Bialczak | 22 months ago
Old Man and the Gun review
Robert Redford Sure Turns Forrest Tucker Appealing in 'The Old Man and the Gun'

The Return of Pooh Opens Everybody's Eyes in 'Christopher Robin'

Mark Bialczak | 22 months ago
Imagine, if you will, a grown-up Christopher Robin ear-deep in a dilemma. He lives in London with a wife and daughter. He’s in charge of the family luggage company.
The Return of Pooh Opens Everybody's Eyes in 'Christopher Robin'

A Trip Back to 'Mamma Mia' Island Brings Even More Joy

Mark Bialczak | 22 months ago
The joy of ABBA’s music surely lives on with Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
A Trip Back to 'Mamma Mia' Island Brings Even More Joy

A New Batch of Stars Puts Their Hearts on the Line in this Latest Version of 'The Seagull'

Mark Bialczak | 23 months ago
Stop, in the name of love!
A New Batch of Stars Puts Their Hearts on the Line in this Latest Version of 'The Seagull'

Get Attached to Woodley's Great Talent in 'Adrift'

Mark Bialczak | 24 months ago
Tell Shailene Woodley that she’s Tami Oldham, and the actress is all in.
Get Attached to Woodley's Great Talent in 'Adrift'

You'll Find the Real Deal in 'The 15:17 to Paris,' but How Far Can the Heroes Carry a Movie?

Mark Bialczak | 24 months ago
There’s so much going for The 15:17 to Paris.
You'll Find the Real Deal in 'The 15:17 to Paris,' but How Far Can the Heroes Carry a Movie?

That Family Style Carries On in 'Ocean's Eight'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago
Danny Ocean is gone, we find out in the fourth installment of the franchise that made his last name and big crime game famous, but his sister Debbie is fresh...
That Family Style Carries On in 'Ocean's Eight'

'Mary Shelley' Delves into the Author's Monster of a Time Creating Her Masterpiece

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago
The story about the making of this particular monster really is quite a dilly.
'Mary Shelley' Delves into the Author's Monster of a Time Creating Her Masterpiece

Melissa McCarthy Sort-of-Sweetly Returns to College as 'Life of the Party'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago
So a middle-aged set of parents drop their daughter off for her senior year at college, and as soon as they reach the car for the ride back home, hubby...
Melissa McCarthy Sort-of-Sweetly Returns to College as 'Life of the Party'

'Book Club' Gives Its Reliable Stars the Chance to Get Back Into It

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago
As the wonderful, honorable stars do their reliably solid work in Book Club, I’m still not ever quite all there.
'Book Club' Gives Its Reliable Stars the Chance to Get Back Into It

'I Can Only Imagine' Captures the Glory of the Perfect Song at the Right Time

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago
Life sure didn’t come easy for young Bart Millard.
'I Can Only Imagine' Captures the Glory of the Perfect Song at the Right Time

'The Greatest Showman' Puts Hugh Jackman's Talents Center Stage, Believe It

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago
Everything about The Greatest Showman comes off quite grand.
'The Greatest Showman' Puts Hugh Jackman's Talents Center Stage, Believe It

Get Ready for a Wild Ride with 'A Wrinkle in Time'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago
If you were a card-carrying kid of the 1960s or 70s, A Wrinkle in Time most likely made its way into your holy-cow discussions. Library card, that is.
Get Ready for a Wild Ride with 'A Wrinkle in Time'

'Black Panther' Begins a Worthy New Chapter in the Marvel Universe

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago
You bet that Black Panther goes where no superhero movie ever previously dared.
'Black Panther' Begins a Worthy New Chapter in the Marvel Universe

'The Post' Tells It Like It Was. And Is

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago
There is no fake news in The Post. Weak-kneed journalists need not apply as the president and his justice department followers attempt to put the clamps on a free press.
'The Post' Tells It Like It Was. And Is

Chadwick Boseman Demonstrates the Mighty Mountains of Inequity So Well in 'Marshall'

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago
Before Thurgood Marshall could become one of the icons of American culture by righting so many injustices and becoming the first African American Supreme Court Justice, the young attorney had...
Chadwick Boseman Demonstrates the Mighty Mountains of Inequity So Well in 'Marshall'

Gary Oldman Embraces Winston Churchill for All He's Worth in 'Darkest Hour'

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago
The history lessons in Darkest Hour shine various lights on Winston Churchill, the King and his Empire, and the oh-so-many players linked to them in the days that Adolph Hitler’s...
Gary Oldman Embraces Winston Churchill for All He's Worth in 'Darkest Hour'

'The Breadwinner' Delivers a Big Message with Heart, Soul

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago
Don’t let the fact that The Breadwinner uses the format of animation to drive home its message fool you.
'The Breadwinner' Delivers a Big Message with Heart, Soul

Learn the Value of Family with 'Coco'

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago
Just imagine if your family beat down your dream at every turn. And I mean your extended family. Parents, grandparents, cousins, the whole mass of generations.
Learn the Value of Family with 'Coco'

This Kid's Reality Truly Grows into a 'Wonder'

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago
Nate and Isabel Pullman know they have something special with their son Auggie. The kid’s a true delight marching around in his NASA astronaut helmet, brandishing his love for space...
This Kid's Reality Truly Grows into a 'Wonder'

It's Easy to Get Bullish for 'Ferdinand'

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago
Get the bigs and littles together for a feel-good viewing of Ferdinand, why don’t you? The bull who first made a name for himself in the picture-book world of Munro...
It's Easy to Get Bullish for 'Ferdinand'

Get Ready to Have Your Heart Tugged by 'Only the Brave'

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago
Only the Brave was ripped from the news. So anybody who followed the course of the Yarnell Fire of 2013 or the GQ story No Exit by Sean Flynn from...
Get Ready to Have Your Heart Tugged by 'Only the Brave'

Kids Get Over Their Clash for the Common Good in 'Swallows and Amazons'

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago
The Walker four and the Blackett pair are most definitely British kids floating around in their boats on the lake they reluctantly share in Swallows and Amazons.
Kids Get Over Their Clash for the Common Good in 'Swallows and Amazons'

Judi Dench, Ali Fazal Show Us (Mostly) True Mushi Business as 'Victoria & Abdul'

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago
Some things are not supposed to happen. An aging and bored queen eats herself into a stupor at a feast in her honor until a 24-year-old Indian clerk marches up...
Judi Dench, Ali Fazal Show Us (Mostly) True Mushi Business as 'Victoria & Abdul'

Mom Follows the 'The Book of Henry' No Matter the Chill

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago
Genius has no limits, Henry figured, even when you’re 10 years old and raising your mother and little brother.
Mom Follows the 'The Book of Henry' No Matter the Chill

'Dunkirk' Paints the Tensions of Escape on Land, Sea and Air

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago
There was no getting away from the unbearable tension at Dunkirk those striking days during World War II when the German forces had the Allied troops sealed off on the...
'Dunkirk' Paints the Tensions of Escape on Land, Sea and Air

Emma Stone, Steve Carell Capture a Snapshot of Cultural History in 'Battle of the Sexes'

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago
If you lived through the ‘70s, the phrase Battle of the Sexes is no stranger. Women were working hard to get their just due, and certain men were quite reluctant...
Emma Stone, Steve Carell Capture a Snapshot of Cultural History in 'Battle of the Sexes'

Sally Hawkins Captures the Spirit that Lets 'Maudie' Emerge

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago
For the front portion of Maud’s life, oh, so much tried to make a point that she wasn’t worth the effort.
Sally Hawkins Captures the Spirit that Lets 'Maudie' Emerge

The Young Bird Travels Far to Prove Good Can Prevail in 'Americano'

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago
Life is sort of smooth for this Mexican flock as the papa and mama birds pull off their magic in making the family circus work as their son Cuco pays...
The Young Bird Travels Far to Prove Good Can Prevail in 'Americano'

'A Man Called Ove' Intrigues from Start to Finish

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago
And one of the glories of the movie is we get to see why in bits and pieces of flashback to Ove’s youth growing up virtually in a train yard...
'A Man Called Ove' Intrigues from Start to Finish

Past, Present, Future Blend Majestically in 'Kaili Blues'

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago
Kaili Blues presents a poetic prism on modern Chinese cinema.
Past, Present, Future Blend Majestically in 'Kaili Blues'

The Kids Are Cool, but Mom Thinks She Knows It All in 'Everything, Everything'

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago
Teens being teens, they both want more. Especially Maddy, who longs to actually go to the ocean, which by the looks of things, can’t be so far from this gorgeous...
The Kids Are Cool, but Mom Thinks She Knows It All in 'Everything, Everything'

You'll End Up Pulling for the Busker and the Whiskers in 'A Street Cat Named Bob'

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago
You can’t help rooting for James to turn his life around for good. And for Bob to come out OK, too.
You'll End Up Pulling for the Busker and the Whiskers in 'A Street Cat Named Bob'

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