Biography

The Survivor

Ben Foster gives a knockout performance as a boxer in the Holocaust. I didn’t know Auschwitz had boxing, considering all the horrific tortures. I didn’t even learn about it in school. “The Survivor,” which makes its premiere on HBO, taught… Read More ›

The Duke

The wise and witty retelling about a stolen painting. Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren both merge well with the seriousness and comical appeal in “The Duke,” written and directed by the late great Roger Michell. It’s about the theft of… Read More ›

Father Stu

This biopic has faith, humor, and commitment for the most part. I made the right decision to skip “Daddy’s Home 2, which starred Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson as a father and son. Now, for the first time in five… Read More ›

American Underdog

This religious sports biopic keeps dropping the ball. I was skeptical about the sports biopic “American Underdog,” which focuses on Kurt Warner, who is considered to be, by attribute, the greatest undrafted NFL player. It’s also a Christian drama, directed… Read More ›

Being the Ricardos

Aaron Sorkin’s love letter to the actors behind “I Love Lucy,” and their lives outside the show. Aaron Sorkin’s “Being the Ricardos” focuses on the marriage and collaboration between Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, as well as the writers’ room… Read More ›

House of Gucci

This miscast Gucci biopic doesn’t have much fashion sense. Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci” tells the story of how Patrizia Reggiani left her humble beginnings to live the high life of the Gucci fashion industry, and hired a hitman to… Read More ›

Tick, Tick…Boom!

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Andrew Garfield are a match made in Heaven. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s directorial debut of the film version of the semi-autobiographical musical “Tick, Tick…Boom” explains that it’s based on a true story with parts made up by its main… Read More ›

King Richard

Will Smith explodes as the father who had his ways of training his daughters Venus and Serena Williams. I don’t follow up on sports, so seeing “King Richard” was a riveting experience for me, about the true story of how… Read More ›

Spencer

Kristen Stewart electrifies as the Princess of Wales on the brink of divorce. “Spencer” captures the emotional weight of Diana Spencer’s unhappy marriage to Prince Charles of Wales. The time period is 1991, and the place is the Sandringham Estate,… Read More ›

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