The Occasional Movie Review

Indie films are hit-or-miss: sometimes, these limited-release movies are true gems. Sometimes, they’re just a waste of time. Hello, My Name Is Doris is one of those gems, for several reasons: Sally Field is amazing in this movie, the story and script is spot on, and the ending is brilliant. Doris is an eccentric, shy, …

The Occasional Movie Review

There are remarkable films out there that do wonderful things with a very simple story, like this one: an Indian immigrant and his family make their way to France where they open a restaurant and he becomes one of the most celebrated chefs in Paris, but he finds fame lacking. But that is basically the plot …

The Occasional Movie Review

The Steven Spielberg film Lincoln is exactly what you expect: a tight, interesting, well-written docudrama about an extraordinarily important but frequently over-simplified part of American history. So points for helping to bring that back to the forefront for those willing to watch it. But, surprisingly, it isn’t really that much about Lincoln. And while the Civil …

The Occasional Movie Review

I haven’t been to a movie on its opening day in ages. But for months, all of us here have been looking forward to the opening of The Lego Movie because…well…Legos, and it just looked hilarious. And it was. The story is about Emmet, an ordinary Lego living in a huge Lego city, following the instructions …