This ain’t your ordinary Beauty and the Beast tale. “Belle” is a Japanese anime feature that plays like a “Matrix” version of “Beauty and the Beast.” The virtual reality world is known as “U,” which allows users to be anyone… Read More ›

Sing 2

Cute animated sequel hits almost all the right U2 notes. You know when the Big Bad Wolf threatens to throw the dreamer koala Buster Moon off a building, he’s clearly the bad guy. And even if Buster delivers the goods,… Read More ›

The Velvet Underground

This doc loves the music group and its members and collaborators. Todd Haynes presents his first documentary about The Velvet Underground nearly in a similar vibe as “I’m Not There.” It loves musicians, a black-and-white scope, and the songs that… Read More ›


When a movie respects deaf people, it’s uplifting. The title “CODA” stands for “Child of Deaf Adult,” which means that the main heroine Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones) is the only girl in her family to hear. That’s why she joins… Read More ›


You better THINK about seeing Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul. The nickname Queen of Soul belongs to Aretha Franklin, whose hit songs, including but not limited to “Respect” and “Think,” have won music fans for decades. Then word… Read More ›

In The Heights

The best movie musical of 2021 so far has arrived! Fresh off his success with the filmed version of “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda has another Broadway sensation called “In The Heights” hitting the big and small screen simultaneously in theaters and… Read More ›


This Tina Turner doc goes rolling on the river through the highs and lows of her life. Tina Turner has been labeled a music legend by critics and fans alike. In my travels as a young film critic, my favorite… Read More ›


Amy Poehler’s latest comedy fights against anti-feminism. Amy Poehler directs and co-stars in “Moxie,” a “Mean Girls” type comedy made for Netflix that fights against sexism and anti-feminism at a local high school. This wouldn’t be the first time she… Read More ›

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