I love love love the new Beauty and the Beast movie. One of the best parts, of course, is the Beast’s library, so I wrote “Belle Would Be Enchanted by These 10 Lovely Libraries in Hotels” for USA Today 10Best.Read All Entries
I am a big fan of Irish movies and Irish music.
So it’s no surprise that Sing Street — about a 14-year-old Dublin boy (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who starts a band to get the girl of his dreams, completely won me over.
Now available on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD, it’s a must-see. [Read more…]
My Big Fat Greek Wedding taught us the meaning of “opa” and introduced us to creative new ways to use Windex.
I loved that movie, and it’s no wonder it’s the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time. [Read more…]
I reviewed Janis: Little Girl Blue a few months ago when it was in theaters, and was blown away by Amy J. Berg’s intimate documentary about the rock and roll powerhouse who, for many of us, defined our adolescence.
Janis Joplin had already had a huge impact on the music world when she died in 1970 at the age of 27, and this movie lets audiences get to know her in a more personal way.
Janis: Little Girl Blue is now out on DVD and it’s got some great never-before-seen special features, including deleted and extended scenes, Big Brother singing acapella, Avalon vs. the Fillmore influences and the Walk of Fame ceremony. [Read more…]
I was so happy when Spotlight was named Best Picture at last week’s Academy Awards because 1) it broke the tie between my son and me, so I finally won our family Oscar pool, 2) it gave me faith in the future of movies that a good story was more highly prized than visually-focused action
crap films like Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant, 3) it shows the importance of solid, investigative reporting, and will hopefully inspire the next generation to return to it after decades of tabloid journalism, 4) it’s a great movie. [Read more…]
I remember seeing Pitch Perfect at a screening before it came out, and being sucked in along with the whole audience, just grinning and laughing throughout the whole movie.
The story, about the mismatched members of a college a capella group, was hilarious but also surprisingly heartwarming and filled with great music. [Read more…]
John Black, 42 West Street has been imprinted on my brain ever since I read Lisa Genova’s bestselling book, Still Alice, years ago.
That’s the name and address Alice’s neurologist uses to test her memory – a test she fails but I was determined to pass.
So when, in the movie version, John Black apparently moved to 42 Washington Street, it kind of freaked me out. Had I remembered it incorrectly all this time? Was I losing it?
I can’t imagine why the filmmakers would change an address that so many readers have reassuringly pulled out of their memories time and time again. Don’t they realize their audience is already worried they’re experiencing many of the same symptoms as Alice?
You see, Still Alice is the story of a 50-year-old woman who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s powerful, heartbreaking and a must-see. [Read more…]
For those of you who may have been too embarrassed to see Fifty Shades of Grey in the theater, you’ll be happy to know the movie will be available on Digital HD Friday, May 1 and on Blu-ray™ & DVD Friday, May 8.
You’ll also be happy to know you can win one of six copies right here! [Read more…]
I loved pretty much everything about The Theory of Everything.
The movie, which is nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress, tells the amazing story of renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. Diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease and given a death sentence while pursuing his PhD in physics at Cambridge at age 21, Hawking went on to change the way we see the world — thanks not just to his brilliant mind but to his wife, Jane. [Read more…]