‘Captain Marvel’ is a fun, milestone Marvel film that you won’t easily forget

“Captain Marvel” – How proficient is your memory?  Do you need to pause and seriously flip through your synaptic Rolodex, when someone asks, “What did you do last weekend?” Sure, that’s a temporary, problematic moment during a water cooler stop, but vast numbers of souls suffer from far worse recollection problems. Movie studios do not shy away the subject.  Some movies deal with the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s or dementia, and “Lovely, Still” (2008), “Amour” (2012), “Still Alice” (2014), and “Remember” (2015) are some recent, effective entries.  Other films, like…

‘The Seagull’ does not take off and fly

“The Seagull” – “It’s hot.  It’s quiet.  No one does anything.  Why does no one do anything?” – Irina (Annette Bening) After experiencing “The Seagull”, a film adaption of Anton Chekhov’s play, one might ask Irina’s question about the movie itself.  Sure, the A-list cast members – Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, Corey Stoll, Billy Howle, Brian Dennehy, and Mare Winningham – do something.  More than something.  They bring their acting A-games to director Michael Mayer’s picture, but the uninspired and sometimes muddy visuals match the pedestrian pacing, and the…

The best of the 2018 Sedona International Film Festival

Sedona, Arizona truly is a one-of-a-kind locale, and its dreamy, red sandstone buttes and peaks speckled around a pleasant community bequeath thoughts of wonder and sincere happiness of simply existing on Planet Earth.   When stepping foot in Sedona – located about two hours north of Phoenix – one should definitely plan plenty of outdoor activities to embrace the surreal beauty, but there is one event that can happily keep you indoors for hours and hours at a time, the Sedona International Film Festival. After spending five days at the festival,…