Movie Review: Zootopia (2016)

Zootopia is a sweet feel-good,  coming of age adventure story about a young rabbit named Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin).  Judy grew up on a carrot farm but has dreams of going to the big city of Zootopia and becoming a police officer – the first rabbit to ever do so.  Zootopia is a…

Movie Review: Brooklyn (2015)

  Saoirse Ronan absolutely shines in this movie as Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant who finds her way to 1950’s Brooklyn in search of a job and a better life. She is pursued by a young Italian-American, Tony  Fiorello, played by Emory Cohen. Even with their very different backgrounds, Eilis and Tony and fall in…

Movie Review: Atonement (2007)

Atonement is both a searingly beautiful and a searingly painful film to watch.  Based on the bestselling novel  by Ian McEwan, the 2007 film deals with youth and naivety, love and passion, separation and war, but primarily guilt and the overwhelming need for reparation, or “atonement”. One summer day in England in 1935, thirteen year…

Movie Review: About a Boy (2002)

About a Boy is my favorite kind of movie.  It’s about broken people finding each other and discovering that they work best when they are all put together. Will Freeman (Hugh Grant) is a 38 year old Londoner who lives a charmed life and is only concerned with his own happiness – which he believes…

Movie Review: Hail, Caesar! (2016)

  With the Coen brothers directing and all-star cast including George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton (to name a few), I had high hopes for Hail, Caesar! , but, unfortunately, I was very disappointed.  I thought it was going to be a comedy about a movie studio being caught up in some wild “only-the-Coen-brothers-could-think-of-that”…

Movie Review: Room (2015)

I am awash in the afterglow of watching a movie that I just absolutely loved.  Room is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. Room stars Brie Larson as a woman who was abducted at the age of 17 and is kept in a backyard shed and sexually assaulted by her capture. …

Movie Review: The Revenant (2015)

  I saw The Revenant on opening night with my teenage son and husband.  I have been looking forward to seeing this movie for a while due to all the hype surrounding Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance as well as the director, Alejandro G. Iñárritu (the reigning Academy Award winner for best picture and best director with 2014’s  Birdman).  My…