film review

At the Movies: Ready Player One

Apr 12, 2018

"Ready Player One" is a cinematic videogame and it's visually-stunning. "Ready Player One," based on the 2011 debut novel by Ernest Cline, who co-wrote the screenplay with Zak Penn ("Last Action Hero," "X-Men: The Last Stand" and their video game versions), is directed by Steven Spielberg. Especially outstanding are Tye Sheridan (Wade Watts, aka Parzival), Olivia Cooke (Samantha, aka Art3mis), Mark Rylance (James Halliday, aka Anorak) and Simon Pegg (Ogden Morrow). 

At the Movies: The Greatest Showman

Mar 1, 2018

"The Greatest Showman" is a nearly all-singing, all-dancing, old-fashioned movie musical. The Oscar-winning ("City Of Stars") song-lyricist team of "La La Land," Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, are Oscar-nominated for their original song, "This Is Me," from "The Greatest Showman." It's best to set aside that the movie is based on the life of P.T. Barnum, and enjoy the wonderful performance by Hugh Jackman, a showman in his own right (Oscar nominee, actor, "Les Misérables"). Fine in supporting roles are Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, and Rebecca Ferguson.