Tag Archives: Biopics

“Only the Brave” – rough ending to watch, but a damn fine story

Nutshell: An ensemble cast delivers a dramatic retelling of the heartbreaking Yarnell Hill Fire, breathing life into the Granite Mountain Hotshots, their family and friends.  What starts out as a story about a rowdy gang of underdogs you grow to … Continue reading

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“Tommy’s Honour” – a golf film that swings for your heart

Nutshell: A bit too light of a touch with Tommy’s backstory starts the film off with a slight handicap, and a lack of character development (as well as golf basics for non-players) often lands the plot in the weeds.  But with … Continue reading

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TrailerWatch: “All Eyez on Me” extended trailer is just as riveting as Tupac himself

The first time I saw a trailer for the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me, I got chills. I sat in the theater with my mouth hanging open, as Demetrius Shipp Jr. embodied the late rapper. It was absolutely … Continue reading

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: Jackie!

This year has been terrific for biopics and docu-dramas.  But do you have room for one more?  Because I have screening passes for the Baltimore area screening of Jackie, about the former first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Synopsis! JACKIE is … Continue reading

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7 Pieces of: Loving

Nutshell: A well crafted film about an important moment in history. Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton deliver quiet, powerful performances. Writer/Director Jeff Nichols focuses on the people that made the case, rather than the case itself.  The result is a powerful, … Continue reading

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“Deepwater Horizon”: a riveting look at the people who tried to stop a disaster

Nutshell: A riveting look at a devastating disaster, with performances that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. You don’t need to need to understand all the techspeak, but it’s cool to hear it. Bonus: the story of … Continue reading

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Streep’s on pitch with delightful “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Nutshell: A lovely, bittersweet story of a woman determined to pursue her dreams.  Streep is just plain glorious as Florence, and Grant does what might be his best work as her husband St. Clair.  Most amazingly though, as Cosmé McMoon, … Continue reading

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“Eddie the Eagle” – cute, conventional, charming.

“How do you land, exactly?” Relatable characters, real on-screen chemistry between the two leads, and winning performances by Jackman and Egerton.  Director Dexter Fletcher has clocked a lot of time in front of the camera as well as behind it, … Continue reading

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Columbia, MD Screening: Eddie the Eagle!

Ready for round two of today’s screening pass-palooza?  Alrighty then.  Onward, to Eddie the Eagle!  This one’s got a lot of topical feels: Olympic dreams, winter-ness, and of course a good-ol’ feel good story. NOTE: this screening is in Columbia, … Continue reading

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Elsewhere Review: “Concussion” powerful, but not particularly hard-hitting

As always, clicky for the original piece! “Concussion”: powerful, but not particularly hard-hitting Nutshell: If anyone walks away from Concussion without grieving for those who suffered/are suffering from CTE?  They’re dead inside.  Amazing performances by actors playing affected football players … Continue reading

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