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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 41% Irresistible (2020) Surprisingly, Jon Stewart is weak on character development and original comedy. But the ending is effectively stunning, Frank Capra meets the Prez Drumpf era. Worth the wait.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
5/5 99% Hamilton (2020) Accessible and magnificent, and I had high expectations going in ... but it paid off both as a top musical and powerful emotional theater. Now I'm part of the legion of fans.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
3.5/5 70% 7500 (2020) Anchored by the excellent Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this thriller has a pulse pounding pace, and the confinement within the cockpit for most of the film adds to the uber suspense.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
4/5 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) The story is slight, but the theme of anguish for black Vietnam vets comes to life in the film's last quarter. The vet played by Delroy Lindo suffers for the sins of America.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
3.5/5 90% Working Man (2020) Although a working-class fantasy, the film is thematically more about mental illness and its implications for the 'Working Man,' and has a nice sense of redemption in the end.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
3.5/5 72% The King of Staten Island (2020) The cast is top drawer, and lift the tame, less than stellar non-plot to be better than it is. Pete Davidson has a nice light touch, and there are laughs and heart aplenty.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
4/5 97% The Long Goodbye (1973) This is 1970s Los Angeles at its finest, wrapped up and delivered by the master Robert Altman, and Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe is a tic-fill cat lover at his finest kind.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
5/5 86% Brewster McCloud (1971) There is a plot in BREWSTER McCLOUD, but it mainly showcases the surreal nature of Altman's cinema. It's a must see for lovers of weirdness, expression and redemptive grace. ‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
5/5 98% A Star Is Born (1954) This is adult Judy Garland at her peak, commanding both the musical and acting elements of the film in this combination of 1950s cornpone and musical glory. A must see.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted May 30, 2020
3/5 92% The Vast of Night (2020) The dialogue scenes express 'experimental' rather than effective, but this bizarre picture will satisfy cinema buffs and fans of the 1950s. I don't know about the rest of us. ‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted May 30, 2020
3.5/5 69% The High Note (2020) The themes of the aging diva, the young hustler and the backdrop of the music industry entertains, and the film is brightly paced. Tracie Ellis Ross hits all the right notes.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted May 30, 2020
4/5 88% The Trip to Greece (2020) This is the final journey, and it perpetuates a theme of mortality. All the while, the duo poke at each other in Greece, and Greece is the word. A fun escape from the pandemic‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
3.5/5 50% Scoob! (2020) There is very funny/snarky inside humor, highlighted by a high-level re-imagining of the 'Scooby Doo Where Are You?' TV opening. Fun for the whole family, and us old timers. ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
4/5 75% Military Wives (2020) This is a feel-good story, and at the the core of it is coming to terms with the tragedies that inevitably happen in military families, which is brought together in a song of redemption‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
5/5 96% Peeping Tom (1960) Directed by Michael Powell with British Anarchy ... crazy but exquisitely reserved. Recognized now as one of his greatest films, a primer for the use of the camera as an eye and point of view. We are all voyeurs when we watch a movie‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
3.5/5 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) A teen coming-of-age film with oddball British humor and a sparkling performance by Beanie Feldstein, especially as we all remember our awkwardness as teenagers.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2020
4/5 97% The Half of It (2020) The film works on several levels ... it's a satire of typical teenage coming-of-age films, it's emotionally right on target, it has great laughs and it contains an appreciation for how great works of art inspires our souls. A Tribeca Film Fest winner!‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2020
1.5/5 20% Seven Days In Utopia (2011) What do Robert Duvall and Melissa Leo have in common? They both have won an Oscar and they both cashed a paycheck for the fake virtuous hack job called "Seven Days in Utopia."‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
4.5/5 No Score Yet Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary (2019) This goes over the whole history of the cult classic, including the production and the stars. The film's popularity lies in the fact it's really about the fans of fantasy culture. Sigourney Weaver, Woo Hoo!‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
5/5 92% Dazed and Confused (1993) Totally authentic. Every time you watch this film, you're taken back to the 1970s daze of high school. The '70s kids AMERICAN GRAFFITI.‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
4.5/5 71% Mercury in Retrograde (2017) Poignant and emotional, the film delves into the our human condition through relationship situations that are totally relatable. ‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
5/5 89% The King of Comedy (1983) The film is perfect, as much for its performances and its sheer un-comfortableness. ‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Double Dynamite (It's Only Money) (1951) This is not-bad comedy about a mix up with money at the bank Frank and Jane work at that Groucho makes better, and Frank is in full 1940s bobbysoxer crooner mode, but handles the comedy pretty well.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
4.5/5 64% Same Boat (2020) Wonderfully funny, philosophical and just plain cruise ship weird. Director/lead actor Chris Roberti and company are able to pull off in their epic what some films costing 100 times can't do.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
4.5/5 93% Klute (1971) There is a timelessness to the freaky-ness and sadness of the human condition in this film, and Fonda is nothing short of sensational in her tense portrayal of a transitioning soul. An essential watch.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
4/5 97% Gun Crazy (Deadly Is the Female) (1950) Notable for its use of point of view, such as putting a camera in the back seat of a car and other odd angles, also highly sexual for a film at that time. Happiness is a warm gun, indeed.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
4/5 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Sidney Flanigan's performance represents the somewhat tragic hoops a girl must got jump to get the private procedure of abortion done. There is empathy to be gained in this human experience.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
5/5 97% Saint Frances (2020) Whoever thought an abortion would be a background source for redemption? Director Alex Thompson's eye for fluidity in story telling is a major asset, in a humanist take on the karma of our life choices. A blessing of a film.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
3.5/5 57% Curtiz (2019) The black and white production values evokes director Michael Curtiz's smooth impressionistic style. Overall it's a fascinating and lovely film, and fans of CASABLANCA will really dig it. ‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
2.5/5 65% Troop Zero (2020) It's obvious the writer of the film had the ending first and awkwardly filled in the beginning. The first hour feels like three hours and what happened could have been condensed in ten minutes and still got the point across.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
3/5 80% Good Boys (2019) 'Good Boys' misses its mark, but manages to land in the end.‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
4.5/5 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) The combination of the powerful story and Cate Blanchett's finely-tuned acting made Bernadette sing.‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
3/5 38% Spenser Confidential (2020) Same old boring good-cop-is-always-good-and-defeats-evil TV movie scenario.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
4/5 98% Blow the Man Down (2020) The great character actor Margo Martindale has a career defining role. ‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
4/5 34% Seberg (2020) A surprising revelation from a little-remembered victim of government paranoia.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
3.5/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) A high level fright night at the movies.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
3.5/5 37% Wendy (2020) Beautiful looking film, but those familiar or unfamiliar with the Peter Pan myth could be equally unsatisfied.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
2.5/5 84% The Way Back (2020) Could have been a contender, ended up a bummer.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
4/5 88% Onward (2020) The heart of this story is coming to redemption in surviving loss.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
4/5 56% The Hunt (2020) Much ado about everything.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
3.5/5 31% Bloodshot (2020) Works when the focus is on the cool science fiction.‐ WBGR-FM (93.7 FM - Monroe, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
86% The Gospel According to André (2018) A crisp document of the life and times of ALT... ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018