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“the year of magical thinking” at north coast rep

Year of Magical Thinking

If you’re anywhere near San Diego and are free tonight, order tickets for The Year of Magical Thinking at North Coast Rep right now.

The special two-night presentation is a must-see and tonight is your last chance to see it here.

Linda Purl is a powerhouse in this one-woman show based on Joan Didion’s bestselling book about losing her husband, author John Gregory Dunne, and their daughter, Quintana. [Read more…]

“the greatest showman” movie review

Greatest Showman

I am so conflicted about my feelings for The Greatest Showman.

I should hate it because I strongly believe elephants and other animals have no place in the circus.

I should hate it because, from all accounts, P.T. Barnum was not a man to be admired.

I should hate it because there’s really a lot wrong with the story.

And yet I loved it. [Read more…]

“the post” movie review

The Post

With the free press being threatened daily by the current administration, The Post is, hands down, the most timely, relevant and important movie of the year. [Read more…]

“jane” movie review

Jane Goodall and chimp

I have always admired Jane Goodall.

I’m a big fan of brave pioneering women who go out into the wild to learn about and help animals, like Jane and Dian Fossey. I don’t think I could do what they did. (OMG, that is the most ridiculous statement ever. Let me be more accurate: There is no way in hell I could ever do what they did.)

Instead, I devour everything I can watch or read about them, living vicariously through their adventures and doing what I can to support their work.

So I was excited to discover Jane, a new documentary featuring never-before-seen footage shot in Gombe National Park in Tanzania during the 1960s, a period she herself calls the “happiest time” of her life. [Read more…]

“step” movie review


If you could use a little hope for the future right about now, I’ve got just the movie for you.

Step, a documentary about the step dance team at The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, is empowering, timely and absolutely riveting. It’s one of my favorite movies of the year. [Read more…]

“lady bird” movie review

Lady Bird

If you are a mother or a daughter, you will absolutely love and relate to Lady Bird. In fact, it just may be the mother of all mother-daughter movies.

Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf are perfection in this relationship which writer/director Greta Gerwig nails with dialogue that rings so true, you just may be transported back to one of the (many) times when you had a similar conversation/fight/lovefest with your own mother or daughter. [Read more…]

“goodbye christopher robin” movie review

goodbye christopher robin

Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends are sacred to my family.

My son was obsessed with them when he was little, greeting Tigger at Disneyworld as though he were a long-lost friend.

We quoted the characters and discussed them in great detail, laughing about how one of us was acting like an Eeyore when we complained too much.

My son might even have been a smidge envious of Christopher Robin.

Well, although he’s now 27, I hesitate to recommend Goodbye Christopher Robin (which I loved) to him because it just may traumatize him. He will certainly never wish to be Christopher Robin again, and he may actually feel guilty for all the attention he gave to the real boy’s beloved stuffed animals.

I had no idea of the story behind Winnie-the-Pooh, which is dark and sad and completely at odds with how the hunny-loving bear made us all feel. [Read more…]

“victoria and abdul” movie review

Victoria and Abdul

Well, I was going to write all about how much I enjoyed Victoria & Abdul, the true-ish story of the unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and the young Indian man (Ali Fazal) who becomes her confidante and spiritual advisor.

But, as I was looking for photos to accompany my review, I came across some articles lambasting the movie for its dismissal of the horrors of British colonialism.

Since I don’t know enough about this period of history, I will have to leave that criticism to the experts. I can only take Victoria & Abdul at face value, although that new context does give me pause. [Read more…]

“the mountain between us” movie review

The Mountain Between Us

The real problem with The Mountain Between Us is that it’s not a true story. [Read more…]

“stronger” movie review


Stronger is the kind of movie you feel really bad criticizing. I mean, it’s the story of Jeff Bauman, the 28-year-old who lost his legs during the Boston Marathon bombings.

You know it’s supposed to be inspirational — and it is.

You know it’s important to celebrate our heroes — and it does.

You know it should really move you to tears — but it didn’t. [Read more…]