Saturday, November 14, 2020

The Giant: Movie Review



A lot of atmosphere, no story.

There feels like there must be a good movie in The Giant somewhere, but good luck finding it in between the blurry shots of street lights, close-ups of her hair and eyeball, and long tracking shots of… the moon. Yes, that’s right, the good cinematography was spent on an astronomical body which cannot emote emotion and plays no role in the movie.   2019

Directed by: David Raboy

Screenplay by: David Raboy

Starring: Odessa Young, Ben Schnetzer

Friday, November 13, 2020

Midnight at the Magnolia: Movie Review



A cute and charming bundle of holiday joy.

Romantic comedies most often suffer from predictability and Midnight at the Magnolia just may be the most predictable, but in all the right ways. Jack and Maggie form a very cute couple and the charm radiates through the entire story. Even though it feels like it could have been written by a computer, or a thousand Monkeys on typewriters.   2020

Directed by: Max McGuire

Screenplay by: Carley Smale

Starring: Natalie Hall, Evan Williams

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Dinner with Friends: Movie Review (AKA Friendsgiving)




Too many unfunny characters spoil the Thanksgiving dinner.
I would like to start with the utter confusion around its release. A Thanksgiving-themed dramedy that was released in the United States as Friendsgiving in October, more than a full month before US Thanksgiving. Then was released in Canada in November, a month after Canadian Thanksgiving and renamed to Dinner with Friends, so it missed out on all the earlier advertising and the actual holiday. That’s a sign that the distributors don’t have faith in the movie.   2020

Directed by: Nicol Paone

Screenplay by: Nicol Paone

Starring: Malin Ackerman, Kat Dennings

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Worst. Christmas. Ever.: Movie Review



Convoluted story and lack of comedy.

Worst. Christmas. Ever. has such a tough hill to climb. It sets some pretty big goals for itself given all the chaos happening in the plot description, but falls very flat. Low production quality issues combined with poorly defined characters keeps the audience too far removed from the action that is supposed to be occurring but never really comes.   2020

Directed by: Johnny Chechitelli

Screenplay by: Johnny Chechitelli

Starring: Raychael Lane, Leonardo Mancini

Sunday, November 8, 2020

A New York Christmas Wedding: Movie Review



A very different kind of Christmas movie.

A New York Christmas Wedding is a very different kind of Christmas movie. It has the look and feel of an indie film (which it is) and, most importantly, it’s inclusive. I am going to try very hard to not give anything away, but I just have to say holiday rom-coms are not just for the straights anymore.   2020

Directed by: Otoja Abit

Screenplay by: Otoja Abit

Starring: Nia Fairweather, Adriana DeMeo

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Blue Ridge: Movie Review





Uninteresting, low quality murder mystery.
Blue Ridge is a murder-of-the-week, made-for-TV quality movie. A woman has been murdered, but we don’t know all that much about her and so the interest in solving the crime is severely lacking. Pretty much everybody in town is a suspect because apparently it’s a town full of bad guys, but none of their stories are interesting either.   2020

Directed by: Brent Christy

Screenplay by: Caleb G. Brown, Shea Sizemore

Starring: Johnathon Schaech, Sarah Lancaster, Graham Greene

Friday, November 6, 2020

Middleton Christmas: Movie Review





A lot of sweetness, romance, drama and cheesiness.
Middleton Christmas starts out as pure sweetness. Hershey chocolate wrapped in a glittery red bow. You know exactly what you’re getting when you unwrap it, but it’s sweet and comforting, and oh so bad for you, especially in large quantities, so hopefully we can keep these movies to a minimum this year (I say that knowing it’s the first week of November, I’ve already seen two, and avoided another dozen).   2020

Directed by: Dale Fabrigar

Screenplay by: Tricia Aurand, Suzanne DeLaurentiis

Starring: Kennedy Tucker, Michael Varde

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Operation Christmas Drop: Movie Review




No romance but a feel-good finale.
Netflix’s newest addition to the Christmas romance genre starts out very shaky but eventually lands on its feet. Viewers who can get past the unfunny, unromantic, very typical opening with unlikable characters, will eventually be rewarded with a feel-good, inspirational flick. The set-up is awful, but the pay-off is solid especially for movies of this ilk.   2020

Directed by: Martin Wood

Screenplay by: Gregg Rossen, Brian Sawyer

Starring: Kat Graham, Alexander Ludwig

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Wheels of Fortune: Movie Review



An over-the-top trashy comedy that does provide some laughs.

A trash comedy in the vein of Talladega Nights but somehow takes itself less seriously and still has a bit of heart to it. It starts in Tennessee. Bo Jackson is a mechanic for a tractor pull racer and this is because he’s a loser, as he likes to call himself. He has no money and no father, until a big city lawyer shows up with a fancy briefcase and a will from his unknown dead father promising Bo the chance to win money.   2020

Directed by: Shaun Paul Piccinino

Screenplay by: John Ducey

Starring: Matt Jones, John Ducey, Matty Cardarople, Noureen DeWulf