Popcorn Movie Reviews

Movie Review: “The Invisible Woman” – Barely Worth Seeing


Maybe Ralph Fiennes, who plays Charles Dickens in “The Invisible Woman,” a quasi-biopic about the legendary author’s secret relationship with his much younger mistress, Nelly (née Ellen Ternan), shouldn’t have directed himself.

Movie Review: “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” – Don’t Volunteer


If you had never ever seen an action/spy/thriller, then it’s quite possible director Kenneth Branagh’s “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” based on characters created by Tom Clancy, would wow you…at least somewhat. However, if you are among the other several hundred million of us moviegoers who have been force-fed this formula for decades, you will recognize its long, white beard.

Movie Review: “Her” Is Programmed To Entertain He, She And It


Oh, to be 17 or 18 again, and blown away by a potentially transformative, epiphanic film like Spike Jonze’s “Her.” Life-affirming, bursting with originality and full of the promise that there is indeed a greater understanding somewhere out there, it’s the sort of revelation that makes you want to explore and learn forever and ever.

Movie Review: “Grudge Match” Takes Good-Natured Jabs At Golden Agers


Director Peter Segal’s “Grudge Match,” starring Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone as deeply rancorous former boxers who never fought that ultimately deciding bout some thirty years ago, serves up an inconsequential but pleasant fantasy for Baby Boomers.

Movie Review: “The Wolf Of Wall Street” – Grandma, What A Big Stock Portfolio You Have


I approached Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” with trepidation — ‘gosh, three hours long…that’s a sentence, not a movie’— but emerged from the thoroughly entertaining, fastest moving 179 minutes on film with exaltation.

Movie Review: “Saving Mr. Banks” Earns Our Interest


Because director John Lee Hancock’s “Saving Mr. Banks” springs from Disney, and is about the legendary impresario’s attempts to secure the rights to P.L. Travers’s “Mary Poppins,” I expected a frothy evening at the Bijou.

Movie Review: “Out Of The Furnace” And Into The Cauldron Of Controversy


One is brought to shuddering terror by the depiction of an insular, degenerate, inbred population of mountain people frighteningly personified by Woody Harrelson in director Scott Cooper’s “Out of the Furnace.”

Movie Review: “Dallas Buyers Club” Will Sell You


“Well, that was uplifting.” Thus spake disparagingly a woman who looked like Sarah Silverman in about twenty years as she exited from a showing of “Dallas Buyers Club.” The picture stars Matthew McConaughey as an AIDS victim, circa 1985, who finesses an entrepreneurial way to battle the affliction. Too bad she and her moviegoing contingent didn’t wait to read my review. I might have saved them a buck.

Movie Review: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Surviving The Sequel


“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” occurs in a time and place like ours, only more so. The Haves are having their way, and the Have-nots are doing what the Haves say, but only for the most part. So hark, the annual Hunger Games, the 75th to be specific, dubbed this time The Quarter Quell, have been called.