Desert of My Real Life

Category: Movie/TV Review

Ocean’s 8

An all-female sequel (sort of) to Ocean's 11, Ocean's 12, and Ocean's 13, this movie follows the heist formula pretty closely. There are lots of twists and turns in the plot, some of which feel a little intellectually lazy. But this is not an intellectual movie. It's a trifle, entertaining and light, but nothing that…

Solo: A Star Wars Story

When this movie first started, I didn't think I was going to like it. In the early scenes, it felt like everyone was trying too hard and not succeeding. But as the movie went on, Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo grew on me. My friend Liz said that he might not be a great Han…

Disobedience

I have been looking forward to this movie since I first saw the trailer months ago. The story focuses on Ronit, played by Rachel Weisz, who learns that her father has died. She returns home from New York to an insulated Jewish community. She encounters her old friend, Esti, played by Rachel McAdams. The first…

Killing Eve

The best show I've seen this year is Killing Eve. The story focuses on a woman in intelligence in England and the assassin she begins to track. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer are excellent as the two women. Much of the pleasure of the show comes from upending the spy genre where the intelligence agent…

Picnic at Hanging Rock

One of my favorite movies of all time is Picnic at Hanging Rock. I have only seen it once, back in college, but its mysteriousness has stuck with me. Because of this movie, I became quite the Peter Weir fan and Australia jumped onto my bucket list of places to visit. That original movie is…

RBG

I loved this documentary. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is inspiring. This rendition of her life strikes a balance between her personal life and her professional career. Without the support of her progressive husband, she would likely not have been considered as a candidate to sit on the Supreme Court. But it was she herself, with her…

Tully

I loved the first half of this movie. Then it takes a strange turn. The big reveal near the end of the movie felt like a cop out. Charlize Theron is wonderful in the role of the mother, however. I also really like Mackenzie Davis who plays Tully. With Ann.   [yasr_overall_rating]

Lean On Pete

Supposedly about a race horse but really about a boy born into tough circumstances and his journey toward safety. Charlie Plummer is great as Charlie. Very sad, but realistic movie with a subtle but kind of happy ending. With Ann, Pat, and Al.   [yasr_overall_rating]