Encanto: An Uncommonly Personal Musical Fantasy

4 out of 5 stars (One of the Best of the Year) Encanto is an example of Disney working at the height of its power.  It’s a small story told with toe-tapping songs, humor, emotional honesty, and gorgeous animation.  I felt great joy watching a mainstream animated film tackle such issues as self-doubt, feeling out… Continue Reading

Woman Alive: A Mature, Intimate Odyssey

3.5 out of 5 stars (above average) Woman Alive is a very good movie only hurt by its pacing.  The acting from everyone is great, the writing is natural, and director Macabit Abramson provides a very intimate and personal feel in its discussion of the mature issues it brings up.  Lihi Zemel (Abramson’s daughter) gives… Continue Reading

Venom 2: Let This Be The Final Installment

2.5 out of 5 stars (decent) I was a big fan of the original Venom.  A mostly light, playful sci-fi action film with the occasional mildly disturbing image, it proved you could make a film about a Spider-Man villain without Spider-Man ever making an appearance.  The best aspect of it was funnily antagonistic back-and-forth between… Continue Reading