‘She Dies Tomorrow’ Movie Review: A Surreal Black Comedy With Plenty To Say
Well, maybe she won’t — but she thinks she will, which is apparently all that matters.That’s the premise of Amy Seimetz‘s new film: Amy (played with uncanny precision by Kate Lyn Sheil) is absolutely certain that she’s going to die tomorrow. Never mind that she has no actual reason to believe this and never mind that no one else does either: her certainty of this fact is enough to convince seemingly everyone who hears about it that they’ll suffer the same fate at the same time.It’s a simple conceit, and one that initially feels rather slight and predictable for such a film. What She Dies Tomor...
'American Pickle' review: Seth Rogen, twice, brings out the sweetness in an immigration fable
Aside from being the briniest film since the Lower East Side romance “Crossing Delancey” 32 years ago, “An American Pickle” (premiering Thursday on HBO Max) reminds us that Seth Rogen has always had the acting chops for more than one kind of comedy.This one’s more than one kind of comedy, too. It’s a sweet yet nicely vinegary immigration fable; a deadpan fantasy; and a tale of two Brooklyns, one (1920) a repository of rat-infested factories and Eastern European Jewish immigrants, the other (2020) the gentrified land of their progressive, pea milk-drinking great-grandchildren.Rogen plays what t...
Review: Movie adaptation of bestselling 'The Secret' not worth whispering about
Loosely inspired by the “Secret” self-help books by Rhonda Byrne, “The Secret: Dare to Dream” wants to remind us of those bland, coastal Nicholas Sparks romances where white, pretty people don resort wear to take walks on beaches and barbecue shrimp together. Also, there’s a secret you’ll figure out long before anyone in the movie does.It’ll take you even less time to figure this out: Celia Weston is an acting treasure.She has the fourth-largest role in this wan romance, in which the only romantic scene isn’t even between what will turn out to be the main couple. But she’s the best part of “Da...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
2020 Mazda MX-5 RF still means a lot of fun and some summer sun
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club RF: As fun with a hardtop?Price: $34,565 as tested. No options on test vehicle. (The Club is the midlevel MX-5, between Sports and Grand Touring.)Conventional wisdom: Motor Trend likes the “pure driving joy, distilled, super-simple soft top operation, good fuel economy,” but not that it’s “nervous at the limit, teeny tiny trunk capacity.”Marketer’s pitch: “Give in to the temptation.”Reality: All the other marketing departments can go home; Mazda just won marketer’s pitches.Summer fun: Test-driving this car was like coming down to earth — literally riding near the roa...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Auto review: 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible is the perfect social distancing tool
Odds are you’re working from home now, and possibly for the rest of your career.So, if you’re looking for a new car, why would you choose something practical? The automotive market is filled with practical SUVs and crossovers, many with all the lust factor of a shipping container, which they resemble, albeit with running boards, skid plates, a bit of chrome, and a name that suggests off-road adventures. Yawn.That’s what makes the 2021 Lexus LC Convertible the perfect conveyance for those who must maintain proper social distancing while requiring the latest in fashionable automotive couture. It...
Tribune News Service
Auto review: 2021 Toyota Venza hybrid SUV combines Lexus style with Toyota value
The 2021 Venza hybrid SUV delivers Lexus style at Toyota prices. That’s no coincidence. Toyota only uses the name “Venza” in North America, where it was used on another attractive SUV from 2008-15.In the rest of the world, the new Venza is called the Harrier, the vehicle that had been the basis of Lexus’s RX SUV.The RX is Lexus’s best-selling model in the US by a wide margin. Adding a third row of seats to appeal to American families a couple of years ago, it’s evolved away from the Harrier’s size. That made a good-looking, feature-packed new SUV available and the Toyota brand snatched it to p...
Detroit Free Press
‘Summerland’ Movie Review: Tearjerker Hits All The Right Notes
Oh how I love directorial debuts. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing a new director cut her teeth on a passion project, and when that new director is Olivier Award-winning playwright Jessica Swale the result is sure to be interesting.While Summerland is perhaps not as fresh as it might’ve been, it remains a worthwhile watch all the same. The film stars Gemma Arterton as Alice, a crotchety and reclusive writer living on the southeast coast of England during World War II. Alice is something of a pariah-by-choice in her small village, with her standoffish demeanor driving a wedge between h...
‘Radioactive’ Movie Review: Marie Curie Biopic Plays It Safe
Biopics are among the most difficult movie genres to critically pin down: they’re often competently made, generally interesting, and feel as valuable as the historical heft of their subject matter. After a while, though, you start to get the sense that you haven’t really watched a movie – you’ve simply read a particularly engaging Wikipedia summary.Such is the sense one gets from director and graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi‘s recent attempt to tackle the life of Marie Curie, Radioactive. The film is competent in all ways and certainly demonstrates the facts of Curie’s life in an engaging mann...
Movie review: 'A Nice Girl Like You' a stilted, outdated, unbelievably based-on-a-true-story rom-com
Immature rom-com “A Nice Girl Like You,” about a prudish violinist, Lucy (Lucy Hale), on a quest to loosen up her frigid views on sex means well, I suppose. But it’s woefully, painfully out of touch. The character of Lucy is not a recognizable person but rather a grab bag of extreme clichés sort of patched together to form some kind of human behavior. At one point, baffled by Lucy’s extremely sex-negative views, I wrote down, “Is she an alien?” because she behaves as if she’s just landed on earth and heard about this whole human reproduction thing. Or maybe she’s been in a bunker for the last ...
Tribune News Service
Mystery review: 'Blacktop Wasteland' one of the best of the year
“Blacktop Wasteland” by S.A. Cosby; Flatiron (304 pages, $26.99)———“Blacktop Wasteland” introduces S.A. Cosby — a new talent who delivers one of the year’s strongest novels.The noir story quickly accelerates and doesn’t lose speed until it careens to its finale as it looks at race, responsibility, parenthood and identity via pin-perfect characters with realistic motives. Cosby invests “Blacktop Wasteland” with an emotional approach while delivering a solid thriller.Set in 2012, “Blacktop Wasteland” revolves around Beauregard “Bug” Montage, a young Black father and husband who owns an auto shop...