Movies

Space Jame: A New Legacy

SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY Review — It’s Looney Tunes!

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s Space Jam: A New Legacy review says despite LeBron James’ best efforts, the highlights are the cameos. I will say this for Space Jam: A New Legacy—The best thing about it is the fun you’ll have spotting the characters from best loved Warner Bros properties, and properties you didn’t even know ever…

Black Widow Review

BLACK WIDOW Review — A Titillating Tangled Web

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s Black Widow review says the film is creatively riveting from the first minute to the end of the credits, a welcome and long overdue addition to the Marvel Universe. Being interested in, but not an avid follower of, the Marvel Universe, I’d always wondered what the deal was with Black Widow. What…

Summer of soul review

SUMMER OF SOUL Review — THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS Review

Check out Lisa Johnson Mandell’s Summer of Soul review and Boss Baby: Family Business review, both opening July 2. One deserves a salute, the other a spanking. Summer of Soul Review — So Much More Than a Concert Doc Few remember, or even knew about, 1969’s Harlem Cultural Festival in Mount Morris Park, where, over…

F9 review

F9 Review — Has the Crew Finally Gone Too Far?

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s F9 review wonders if the Toretto family and friends have finally jumped the shark. At one point in F9, the ninth big screen episode of the Fast and Furious saga, two characters are in such a ludicrous car—satellite chase scene you begin to think, “Okay, after all the impossible chase/race scenes the…

Under the Banner of Heaven

FX Orders UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN

Starring Andrew Garfield, adapted by Dustin Lance Black, produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and based on riveting bestseller Under the Banner of Heaven is a really big deal.  Under the Banner of Heaven is a seminal novel about Mormons, murder, polygamists and faith, or loss thereof. We can’t wait until it comes out. We’ll…

The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard review

THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD review— Unfortunately Misses Its Mark

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard review says that even an engaging cast can’t save this disjointed action flick. I found the original The Hitman’s Bodyguard cheeky and amusing, if not consummately memorable, so I was primed to enjoy the sequel, especially with the additions of Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas. Stars Ryan Reynolds and…

In the Heights Review

IN THE HEIGHTS Review — Bound to Be the Hit of the Summer

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s In the Heights review says the colorful and creative, New York-based romance will take its place among the best musicals of the decade. Dazzling — if there’s one word to describe Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’s new big screen adaptation of his Broadway hit, In the Heights, that would be it. The…

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It review

THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT Review – Supernatural Chills

Staci Layne Wilson’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It review says the third entry in the supernatural saga of Ed and Lorraine Warren is worth a peek for horror fans. Paranormal power couple Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga) dive into one of their most sensational assignments when they take the Devil…

Cruella review

CRUELLA Review — Fabulous Fashionable Fun

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s Cruella review says Disney’s new origin story of the legendary villainess is a fiendish delight and just what we need right now. You could stay home and pay the $29.99 Premiere Access fee to watch Cruella on Disney+, but the madness, the wildness the decadence and the spectacle of this Disney villainess…

A Quiet Place Part 2 Review

A Quiet Place 2 Review — John Krasinski Does It Again!

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s A Quiet Place 2 review says it’s even better the second time around, and we already can’t wait for the third. No one saw (or heard) A Quiet Place coming. John Krasinski was beloved as Jim Halpert on The Office, but as a writer and director of a major motion picture? We…

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SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY Review — It’s Looney Tunes!

BLACK WIDOW Review — A Titillating Tangled Web

SUMMER OF SOUL Review — THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS Review

F9 Review — Has the Crew Finally Gone Too Far?

FX Orders UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN

THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD review— Unfortunately Misses Its Mark

IN THE HEIGHTS Review — Bound to Be the Hit of the Summer

THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT Review – Supernatural Chills

CRUELLA Review — Fabulous Fashionable Fun

A Quiet Place 2 Review — John Krasinski Does It Again!