I have been to hundreds of movie screenings over my decade-long career as a film critic for Redbox, and while my favorite movies certainly stand out in my memory, the screenings themselves usually do not.
Where to even begin when talking about a powerhouse actress like Viola Davis, who’s one of only 24 people ever — in the world — to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting? (That means she’s earned an Oscar, Emmy and a Tony!)
It is hard for me to think of another young actor whose breakthrough role earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination — and who then continued to wow audiences in amazing performance after amazing performance in every movie he’s been in since.
While the rest of us are just trying to survive the depths of winter, over in Hollywood, there’s only one thing on everyone’s mind in
February: the Academy Awards®. The big night is February 24, so you’ve got just less than a month to catch up on any nominees
Sometimes when things here on Earth get too depressing or
overwhelming, it helps me to remember that we are but small, insignificant specks in the vastness of our galaxy. And what better way to get that perspective than to watch a movie about space?
We’ve finally arrived at the day Lady Gaga has been waiting for
for a long time: Academy Award® nomination day. Early this morning, Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross revealed the movies, actors, actresses, directors, songwriters and others who are up for the golden statue
I should get this out of the way first: I’m an M. Night Shyamalan apologist. I’ve enjoyed all of his movies except that one with Mark Wahlberg about the trees — The Happening.
Movies and popcorn go together like … well, movies and popcorn. It’s really hard to imagine one without the other. And boy oh boy do we Americans love popcorn, to the tune of over 13 billion quarts consumed per year.
Over the last decade it might have seemed like the Young
Adult (YA) genre — both for books and movies — was exploding, but the reality
is that it’s always been huge.
I love it when a movie keeps its characters — and its audience — on their toes. Cat-and-mouse movies do just that by featuring the kind of suspenseful plots, protagonists and antagonists that guarantee almost unbearable tension and jaw-dropping twists.
Ah, the ‘90s. I have much love for the decade during which I graduated both high school and college. Which means I also have much love for movies that are set in the ‘90s. Here are 5 that’ll make you say “Dude … sweet.”
I write a lot about how you can participate in various
unofficial national “holidays,” and so I am majorly excited that we have come to one of my favorites: National Cuddle Up Day.
It occurs every January 6, and so we are especially lucky this year,
Several times a year I write about a crop of new movies that are based on true stories. Because as the saying goes, truth is stranger (and therefore more entertaining) than fiction. You can definitely expect another post like this in the new year, since several awards contenders depict
And now it is time for the speech I make every year: What I’m about to list out are my favorite movies. I’m not saying that these are the best movies of the year — these are simply the ones that affected me the most.
To quote a character from my all-time favorite TV show (LOST), “No one does it alone.” That’s probably why some of the most action-packed movies revolve around teams trying to accomplish a goal. Here are 4 with particularly memorable teams:
Karen Allen has played integral roles in some of the most
popular and cherished films of the last 40 years, including National Lampoon’s Animal House, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Starman and The Sandlot, which has become something of a touchstone film for
A journalist becomes the host of an alien symbiote and acquires superhuman abilities – alongside a malevolent and unpredictable alter-ego – while investigating the true nature of the secretive experiments conducted by the Life Foundation, a survivalist group led by an unethical genius.
There are so many beloved Christmas movies. You’ve got your ‘40s classics like It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. Then there are several animated favorites from the ‘60s such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
In anticipation of seeing Mary Poppins Returns, I re-listened to the entire soundtrack from 1964’s Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.
What year are we in right now? I feel like I traveled back
in time to the early ‘90s because Julia Roberts is once again everywhere. Not that that’s a bad thing.
It’s important during the busy holiday season to take a little time off and just … relax. A snow day, or a day your family blocks off in order to stay at home and hang together during winter break, is the perfect time to reconnect and unwind.
Yes, you’re reading the title of this post correctly. Even though I write for Redbox, and Redbox in the business of renting and selling movies, and part of my job is to help you find movies you might enjoy, I have my limits.
If you’re like me, sometimes you want to get the ol’ heart pumping but are too lazy to actually work out. Thankfully we have action movies to assist in such situations. Here are 4 that will satisfy even the most hardcore adrenaline junkie:
This is it, guys and gals: the end of 2018 is nigh. I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted … and the most intense part of the holiday season isn’t even here yet.
Temperatures are dropping, leaves are changing color and falling, and there’s most definitely a chill in the air as winter quickly approaches. That’s why the timing is right for a date night — cuddling together during a movie is a surefire way to stay warm.
‘Tis the season to give thanks, and one thing I’m always thankful for is the ability to escape into another world for a few hours while enjoying a movie. Here are 4 I’ve watched recently that I’m especially grateful for.
When Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them came out in 2016, I have to admit I wasn’t that into it. I was still carrying a torch for Harry, Ron, Hermione and the other characters we’d all come to know and love over the course of a magical (pun intended)
Last night I watched our video monitor in amazement while my three-year-old daughter, in bed for the night, rolled around with her stuffed animals singing, “We will … we will… ROCK YOU!” I kid you not.
I know it’s a risky move to make a bold statement that includes the words “everyone,” “no one,” “always” or “never,” but I’m still going to do it because I honestly believe this: Everyone loves John Krasinski.
My theory is that it’s because most of us watched the US version
Every year around this time, I get a little down in the dumps. I’m sure it’s a combination of the cold weather sweeping in, my kids inevitably picking up some illness from school, and holiday dread.
But then I’ll watch a movie that features a woman so kick-butt that