Ed Johnson-Ott

In the past, I’ve been inclined to avoid movies like Dark Waters because there have been so many of them; Silkwood, Norma Rae, A Civil Action,…

The way movie trailers work is that studio execs brainstorm strategies for getting butts into theater seats. Clips and a synopsis of what they…

The opening scenes of Zombieland: Double Tap play like the production might be the premier episode of Zomblieland: The TV Show. When Woody Har…

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Generally, if someone asks me what I think of a movie as I’m leaving the theater, my response is “I don’t want to answer that question right n…

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One sure sign that Baby Boomers are aging rapidly and as one big lump is the proliferation of “what comes after” movies and TV shows.  “What’s…

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Anyone looking for a normal movie experience should probably avoid Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.  If you’re even passingly familiar with dire…

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You have two choices with a movie like this: You can either cooperate with it by enjoying the slapstick that’s punctuated with pithy one-liners, or you can be Mr. Pissypants and pick it apart.

The internet is packed with theories about what Us “means” and there are countless explanations of what the compulsory twist at the end signifies. My apologies, but any movie that requires endless speculation about what it “means” hasn’t done a very good job of speaking for itself.

It’s the overall strength of the ensemble cast, not individual performances, that carries this movie about the South American drug trade. The majority of the characters are portrayed by non-professionals who lend a true authenticity to the production.

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