Celebrate John C. Reilly’s May 24th birthday with a triple-feature

It is hard to believe, but John C. Reilly has been tearing up the silver screen in memorable lead and supporting roles for almost 30 years, and he turns 53 on May 24! Happy Birthday, Mr. Reilly! Perhaps it is just this critic, but this talented character actor with a blessed gift of comedic timing always seems to elevate the big screen air whenever he enters the frame. Reilly’s impressive list of films is longer than a Friday afternoon traffic jam on Interstate 405, as  “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” (1993),…

‘Deadpool 2’ is a sugar high, and that’s good and bad

“Deadpool 2” – Have you ever eaten Pixy Stix?   They are a granular powder of sugary goodness that Nestle Global pours in a straw for children of all ages to rip open and dump the concoction down their throats.  The experience is a visceral rush of spazzy, beautiful nonsense, but 10 seconds later, you’ll want another hit….or walk away with a headache. A Pixy Stix meal seems about the best way to describe “Deadpool 2”, the sequel to the hilarious and effective original from 2016, and Ryan Reynolds triumphantly returns…

‘Abducted in Plain Sight’ is a deeply troubling, unforgettable documentary

“Abducted in Plain Sight” – “It’s such a bizarre thing, but we lived it.  It’s all true.” – Bob Broberg “Horror is like a serpent, always shedding its skin, always changing, and it will always come back.” – Dario Argento The Broberg family did live through a bizarre thing. A nightmare, actually. An unspeakable nightmare, but every member of the Broberg family – Bob, his wife Mary Ann and their three children, Karen, Susan and Jan – decided to bravely sit in front of director Skye Borgman’s camera and speak…

‘Pope Francis: A Man of His Word’ is a great opportunity and a missed one

“Pope Francis:  A Man of His Word” – “I think he might be the coolest pope ever.” – Conan O’Brien O’Brien is not alone. With his progressive stances on climate change, gay marriage, women in the church, and more, Pope Francis is helping bridge the gap between traditional Catholicism and life in 2018.  Whether or not every individual Catholic church in the world is more accessible and flexible, well, at least this pope – whose papacy began in March 2013 – has set a new direction. Sensible.  Likable.  Approachable. These…

The 70s coming-of-age film ‘Measure of a Man’ stands up

“Measure of a Man” – “I hated summer vacation.  For me, it wasn’t about anticipation.  It was about preparation.” – Bobby Marks (Blake Cooper) “For me, growing up and going to school and not seeing any anti-bullying posters and not hearing people talk about bullying was very desolate.” – poet Shane Koyczan A lush, serene lakeside community – complete with canoes, a diving board attached to a dock, hiking trails sprawling in every direction, and families enjoying warm days, cool nights and plenty of laughs – sounds like a welcoming…