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“london road” movie review

London Road

I admit a serial killer on the loose is an odd choice for a musical — which is one of the reasons I was absolutely riveted by London Road.

Based on a British stage play about a real-life crime, the movie version of London Road is vibrant theatre in its own right. [Read more…]

“the light between oceans” movie review

The Light Between Oceans

There is something about The Light Between Oceans that just makes me sob. I cried at the end of the book, and I cried at the end of the movie. And, oh, I’m talking the ugly cry, with tears running down my cheeks and salting my popcorn.

In other words, I loved it. [Read more…]

“indignation” movie review and giveaway

Indignation

It’s so refreshing to see a smart movie with a thought-provoking story and well-written dialogue.

I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that Indignation is that kind of movie since it’s based on a Philip Roth novel. [Read more…]

“mother’s day” blu-ray giveaway

Mother's Day

It’s hard to beat a cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts and Jason Sudeikis.

Mother’s Day, released this week on Blu-ray + Digital HD, not only boasts those A-listers but is directed by the late Garry Marshall, who directed some of my favorite movies, including Pretty Woman, Overboard and Runaway Bride.

I’m thrilled to be giving away half a dozen copies of Mother’s Day, which looks adorable. [Read more…]

“life, animated” movie review

Life Animated

As any child can tell you, Disney is synonymous with magic.

This documentary proves that without a doubt, as it tells the story of Owen Suskind, who was diagnosed with autism at age three and who found a way to communicate and cope by watching Disney movies. [Read more…]

“gleason” movie review

Gleason movie

I’m not a football fan at all but I found myself completely riveted by this documentary about New Orleans Saints superstar Steve Gleason.

Renowned for blocking a punt during a 2006 game against the Atlanta Falcons, which led to a touchdown by the Saints, he — and the team — became the symbol of rebirth for New Orleans after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.

But the movie’s not about that.  [Read more…]

“hunt for the wilderpeople” movie review

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

I get that the name, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, may not appeal to you and that you’re probably thinking, “Why would I want to see a movie about hunting wilderpeople? What the hell are wilderpeople and why in the world are they being hunted?” [Read more…]

“my love, don’t cross that river” movie review

My Love Don't Cross That River

Michael and I adored My Love, Don’t Cross That River.

From the first few minutes of watching “100-year-old lovebirds” Byong-man Jo and Gye-yeul Kang joyfully tease each other and play in the leaves together like children, we were as smitten with them as they were with each other.

It’s no surprise that this documentary — and, honestly, I didn’t realize it was documentary until afterwards — has become the biggest independent film of all time in its native Korea. It is one of the most beautiful and touching movies I’ve ever seen. [Read more…]

“march of the living” movie review

March of the Living number

Yes, that is a very disturbing image, above.

Yes, it is impossible to imagine that the Holocaust actually happened and could happen again.

And, yes, that’s why you and everyone in the world needs to watch Jessica Sanders’ powerful documentary, March of the Living. [Read more…]

“the music of strangers” movie review

The Music of Strangers

Boy, if there was ever a movie that came out just when it was needed most in the world, this is it.

At a time when too many people are focusing on the differences between us, The Music of Strangers shows the power of music to act as a universal language and bring us together. [Read more…]