Miles Morales

Why “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the Superhero Movie We NEED

If you aren’t an avid Marvel fan, you might be tempted to blow off Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. I’ll admit to a small eye-roll myself, when I saw that yet another version of Spidey was in the works, and that THIS ONE didn’t include Tom Holland. Then my daughter (who spends too much time watching superhero theories on YouTube) clued me in to the different Marvel universes and how Miles Morales (our new Spider-Man) plays into them.
The multiverse concept might sound extremely dorky to those of us who don’t follow the comics, but it works fantastically in the hands of an animation expert like director Bob Persichetti (Puss in Boots, Monsters vs. Aliens, The Little Prince). He has taken the story of Miles Morales’ interaction with a radioactive spider and slipped it almost seamlessly from page to screen. It results in the clearest example of a comic-book-movie to date, but it doesn’t always work. Continue reading →

Good Movies

Top 8 Movies to See THIS WEEKEND

(OK, so I wrote this right before Thanksgiving, but the list still applies. I would only add Jackie with Natalie Portman this week, IF it happens to be playing in your town.)

What are you supposed to do with your relatives, once you’ve eaten all the food and run out of things to talk about? You GO TO THE MOVIES, of course! The sooner the better too, before anyone starts talking about politics again. Here’s my list of the Top 8 Movies to See Over Thanksgiving Weekend, which has a little something for everyone. Continue reading →

Hailee Steinfeld

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “The Edge of Seventeen” EARLY & FOR FREE

Remember when you were seventeen and everything kind of sucked? Your parents would go on and on about how you were living the “best years of your life,” and you just wanted them to end as soon as possible? Or was that just me? Maybe that’s why I watch the trailer for The Edge of Seventeen and feel like I have lived in this girl’s acned, uncomfortable skin.
Hailee Steinfeld plays Nadine, whose life falls apart when her best-friend starts dating her older brother. She’s left alone and adrift, without her best-friend to help her navigate the increasingly awkward waters of young adulthood. Nadine’s sounding-board is her teacher, Mr. Bruner. He’s played by Woody Harrelson, so you know poor Nadine is screwed. Actually, anyone who has seen this movie says their scenes together are fantastic.
So, want to see The Edge of Seventeen EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →