Loretta Devine

Elizabeth Lail and Diane Keaton in Mack and Rita

Mack and Rita is a big disappointment

Mack and Rita stars Diane Keaton. It has a female director (Katie Aselton). Of course those credentials made me want to watch it. The premise of the story – a 30 year old temporarily occupies her 70 year old body – has promise, the but implementation of that idea was not great.

Melissa McCarthy and Chris O'Dowd in The Starling

Review: The Starling, in which Melissa McCarthy gets serious

The Starling needs a pro vs. con scoresheet for its uneven story. The pros come in the form of a really lovely cast who make the material as good as possible. The cons are that the story is overly sentimental and employs knock-you-over-the-head symbolism to tell the tale. It’s streaming on Netflix. There is a big spoiler ahead.

Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Thandie Newton, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, and Tessa Thompson in For Colored Girls

Review: For Colored Girls

For Colored Girls is a brilliant work of art. The film was released in 2010, but I just saw it. I was blown away by the breathtaking language and the heartfelt performances.

Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum in You're Not You

Review: You’re Not You

You’re Not You is a tearjerker about a woman dying of ALS and how that affects the people around her. It’s predictable in many ways but it’s elevated by an excellent group of actors who create outstanding characters in this story about both living and dying.

Kristin Wiig in Welcome to Me

Review: Welcome to Me

Welcome to Me stars Kristen Wiig as a mentally ill woman who wins $86M in the lottery and puts herself on a TV show that is all about her. Kristen Wiig is fantastic in this part and proves her talent as a dramatic actress with her portrayal of Alice Klieg. Spoilers ahead.

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