Reviews of movies and TV focused on women

Category: Movies

  • Daphne: Emily Beecham stars as the aimless Daphne

    Daphne: Emily Beecham stars as the aimless Daphne

    Daphne is a character study. Emily Beecham plays the disconnected Daphne as she faces life unwillingly. She does not want to grow up, but at 31 she gets plenty of reminders that she needs to grow up.

  • Dakota: saved by the dog

    Dakota: saved by the dog

    Dakota is a dog. A dog who saves the day for a mom and her daughter. I watched it because as a loyal Tim Rozon fan, I thought I must. It was mediocre at best, but the dog was heroic and it had a happy ending.

  • Life of Crime, a dark comedy

    Life of Crime, a dark comedy

    Life of Crime, a nearly 10 year old film that faded into obscurity quickly, is now hiding away deep inside HBO Max. It stars Jennifer Anniston with a charming ensemble cast around her. It’s actually an entertaining film.

  • Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, what a delight

    Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, what a delight

    Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is a warm and delightful tale about a working class English woman in the 1950s. She sees a Dior gown, falls in love with it, and goes to Paris to secure one for herself.

  • Hocus Pocus 2: more witchy fun

    Hocus Pocus 2: more witchy fun

    Hocus Pocus 2 is a delight. The key cast are back ready to chant their magic spells over the town of Salem and have some fun. The story is full of humor, music, and a new generation of witches. It’s an antidote to the condition of modern life.

  • Blonde, a never ending nightmare

    Blonde, a never ending nightmare

    Blonde, the Marilyn Monroe movie, is a horror story. Not the scary kind of horror story. This horror story is the misery, mistreatment, trauma, and horror that was Norma Jean Baker’s personal life. It’s painful to watch this nearly three hours of surreal, nightmarish explorations into Marilyn Monroe’s (Ana de Armas) tortured psyche.

  • Lucky Grandma: a granny, a heist, and luck

    Lucky Grandma: a granny, a heist, and luck

    Lucky Grandma stars Tsai Chin as a chain smoking, cash hauling, beleaguered grandma. She lives in New York’s Chinatown and cycles through a series of lucky/unlucky events that almost get her murdered.

  • A Jazzman’s Blues, Tyler Perry finds his groove

    A Jazzman’s Blues, Tyler Perry finds his groove

    Tyler Perry is not my favorite. But A Jazzman’s Blues looked different from his usual fare. I thought I’d take a look. If I didn’t like it, I’d just switch off and move on. It was different. And that difference resulted in a very good story about love and tragedy in the Jim Crow era.

  • Reaching for the Moon, a love story based on truth

    Reaching for the Moon, a love story based on truth

    Reaching for the Moon is the story of the 15 year romance of American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares. It’s a Brazilian production, released in 2013.

  • Lou: Allison Janney surprises in this nail biter

    Lou: Allison Janney surprises in this nail biter

    Lou is a tense thriller, almost a two-hander, with Allison Janney and Jurnee Smollett. It’s a suspense filled chase for a kidnapped child across rugged terrain.

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