2019 finished strong with lots of big screen movie time, so grab the jumbo popcorn and settle in – here is Part 1 of Keith the Critic film reviews.
[December 31, 2019]
This movie has been done so many times, and I have enjoyed them all – but this rendition, director by the highly talented Greta Gerwig, is a masterpiece.
Saoirse Ronan is simply amazing as Jo March. Gerwig, of course, directed her in “Ladybird” and yes, she should have won the Oscar. If nominated, Ronan’s performance might very well get her that Oscar come February.
Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet and everybody else on this cast are just amazing. The script was written by Louisa May Alcott, who stayed true to the classic novel.
I give this movie 4 out of 4 stars. Bring your kids, especially if they’re 10 years and older.
Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) is a jeweler in New York who also runs a high-stakes gambling outfit. Balancing business and his ultimate pursuit of the ultimate win turns out to be a performance on a high wire.
I like Adam Sandler, he is funny in some movies and he’s been in some of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. But this role is unlike any Sandler role of the past and I loved it. He is fantastic and Oscar worthy.
Kevin Garnett is excellent in this film, Idina Menzel is good as Dinah Howard’s wife. Julia Fox did an outstanding job as Adam Sandler’s love interest. Directed by Josh and Benny Safdie based on a screenplay by Josh Safdie.
I give this movie 4 out of 4 stars. It’s one of the best movies of 2019.
Rodger Ailes (John Lithgow), Fox News head, had always loved power, beautiful women and food. And he always tells anybody who comes in for an interview that he needs something from them, usually loyalty and sex. Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) has taped every conversation that she has had with the media mogul, everything he had to say about her career and her future.
Bombshell is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Jay Roach and written by Charles Randolph. The film is based upon the accounts of several women at Fox News who set out to expose CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment.
I really loved every second of this movie. Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie and the great John Lithgow really hit their stride with their performances. I think that Charlize Theron and John Lithgow should both be nominated for their brilliant performances.
I think director Jay Roach did an outstanding job presenting a well-known story. We all remember Gretchen Carlson, Megyn Kelly and everything they had to go through, and how toxic Fox News was (still is). He did such a beautiful job.
I have two daughters. This is a terrific, informative, must-see movie. If you have kids teens, please take them to this move and have a discussion after every second of this fantastic movie is over. I give Bombsell 4 our of 4 stars.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
I’ve been a HUGE Star Wars fan from the beginning, when I saw it back in 1977 at the Sunset Drive-In in Lawrence, KAN. (Life changing.) Therefore, I don’t want to say anything about “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” but that I really enjoyed this movie. It was a great conclusion to the greatest sci-fi movie franchises of all time.
Black Christmas (2019)
When you go to Hawthorne College expect to be well educated, part of the fraternity, and to spend lots of time with close friends. It’s Christmas break and everybody has plans to go to their homes and celebrate the holidays, except one group of female students who are just kind of stuck on campus over break. The sisters decide to celebrate Christmas break together on campus, but their not alone…Enter – a killer from a secret society who is out to destroy their sorority, dun dun dun.
“Black Christmas” was previously released in 1974 and 2006. I really enjoyed the original, the second was okay and this movie, this movie was terrible. Despite working with a lousy script, Professor Gleason, played by Cary Elwes was good, and Riley Stone played by Imogen Poots was okay, but overall – the story was god-awful, lousy and goes as one of my worst movies of the year list.
Outside of the two actors that I named, this movie was one of the worst movies I saw in 2019.
I gave this movie 1 out of 4 stars; avoid this movie and you will thank me for it.