12 Mighty Orphans

These orphans score touchdowns in this entertaining football story. “12 Mighty Orphans” joins the football underdog club with “Radio,” “Rudy,” “The Longest Yard,” and “The Blind Side,” among many others. In fact, a football movie based on a true story… Read More ›

Changing the Game

This Hulu doc about three transgender student athletes goes for the gold. In my travels as young film critic, I’ve never come across a documentary that focuses on transgender athletes, until Hulu and director Michael Barnett released “Changing the Game.”… Read More ›

The Buddy Games

Booze and “F” bombs don’t make this comedy a winner; they makes it a loser. Let me make a distinction. “Tag” was one of the worst comedies I’ve ever seen, because of its violent and crass attitude. “Jackass” has made… Read More ›

The Way Back

Ben Affleck explodes inside and outside the basketball court. Ben Affleck has struggled with alcoholism and rehab in the past, and his latest entry, “The Way Back,” resonates with those former issues, and allows him to face his inner demons… Read More ›

Olympic Dreams

Kroll and Pappas go down slippery slopes in this affectionate comedy. I attended a special screening of “Olympic Dreams,” and met the collaborators of it: director Jeremy Teicher, and writers/stars Nick Kroll and Alexi Pappas. I asked them about whether… Read More ›


This gripping drama leaves us grieving for this family. “Waves” is a family drama divided in two sides. The first half focuses on the main son, while the second half is on the daughter, and both sides are emotionally heartbreaking…. Read More ›

Ford v. Ferrari

Damon and Bale race against the odds in this thrill-seeking biopic I was just complaining about how boring the action sequences were in “Charlie’s Angels,” and as a critic, I expect to be entertained with both the action and the… Read More ›

Brain Banks

Aldis Hodge makes a touchdown as he fights to regain his innocence Biopics should be about people and their complications and integrity; and “Brian Banks” uses these intentions wisely without seeming so campy. The film is based on the true… Read More ›

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