Movie

  • Lyndall Hobbs Has Mixed Feelings about Back to the Beach

    - Aug 12, 2022
    I would wager that very few movies surprised Roger Ebert. In his more than 45-year career, he pretty much saw it all. But in 1987, he wrote that he was “blindsided” by, of all things, Lyndall...
  • Emily the Criminal

    - Aug 12, 2022
    “You’re a very bad influence.” Who says this line, and why, and when, is a testament to the power of “Emily the Criminal,” written and directed by John Patton Ford, and starring Aubrey Plaza. The film...
  • You Get Hurt or You Get Injured: J.J. Perry on Day Shift

    - Aug 11, 2022
    J.J. Perry makes his directorial debut with the action-horror movie “Day Shift,” but if you’ve seen any good action movie in the last two decades, you’ve admired his work. In movies ranging from “F9: The Fast Saga” to...
  • Five Days at Memorial

    - Aug 11, 2022
    “Five Days at Memorial” may technically be a historical drama, but it often feels more like a horror show. The Apple TV+ mini-series captures in horrific, you-are-there detail what it was like at Memorial Hospital in...
  • Children of the Underground

    - Aug 10, 2022
    The content warning before “Children of the Underground” sits differently than they normally do in such disturbing documentaries. It’s not just a necessary head’s up that we are about to learn a whole lot about child...
  • SDCC 2022: Zombies vs. Vampires

    - Aug 10, 2022
    2009 was the year of the first SDCC Zombie Walk. Originally, it was part of a nationwide promotion for the “Zombieland.” By the time I began attending SDCC, I thought the Zombie Walk was somehow related...
  • SDCC 2022: Cartoons at Comic-Con

    - Aug 9, 2022
    Comic-Con started as a celebration of cartoons, as well as popular arts, including films and science fiction/fantasy literature. Originally called San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Con and later, San Diego’s West Coast Comic Convention, the gathering became...
  • Hopelessly Devoted: Olivia Newton-John (1948-1922)

    - Aug 9, 2022
    My only trip to Las Vegas was in 2016, and we went there because we wanted to hear Olivia Newton-John. She performed in a small space, fewer than a thousand seats, and she made every one...
  • SDCC 2022: When Science Meets Geekdom

    - Aug 8, 2022
    When science collides with geekdom, things get niche-y. But creature features have long been part of SDCC, and this year I attended a panel that brought a 1950s favorite forward (“The Science of ‘Godzilla Singular Point'”)...
  • I Love My Dad

    - Aug 5, 2022
    James Morosini’s “I Love My Dad” grabs the eternal adage of “write what you know” and sprints towards the edge of a cliff. The story is true: Morosini’s father pretended to be someone else online in...