Movie Reviews

Here is the full list of movies I've reviewed, organized alphabetically within genres, with links to reviews. Our favorites are marked with a *. My reviews never include spoilers!


Suspense/Thriller
* The Accountant - clever, action-packed thriller
All Good Things - a creepy, psychological thriller based on true story
American Ultra - action-packed thriller with plenty of humor, about a stoner turned secret agent
* Before I Go To Sleep – psychological thriller based on the novel
Bridge of Spies - a quiet, suspenseful story based on real-life spy swap 
* The Circle - taut suspenseful story of social media gone mad 
* Dark Places – another suspenseful thriller based on a Gillian Flynn novel
Extortion - taut thriller of family vacation gone wrong 
* Eye in the Sky - a powerful, thought-provoking story about modern warfare 
* The Girl on the Train - dark, twisty thriller based on the best-selling novel
Gone Girl – based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn
* Hours – set in New Orleans during Katrina
Kingsman: The Secret Service – action-packed but uneven humorous spy thriller
Lucky Number Slevin –twisty & suspenseful caper movie
A Most Wanted Man – Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s last film, adapted from John Le Carre novel
* Nightcrawler – a suspenseful, creepy drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal
The November Man – starring Pierce Brosnan as ex-hitman hired for one last job
Poltergeist – remake of the 80’s supernatural classic
Spectre - the latest James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig
* Taken – first of Liam Neeson’s action-packed abduction trilogy
Taken 2 - ditto
A Walk Among the Tombstones – Liam Neeson as an alcoholic PI

Drama
The Age of Adaline – love story about a woman who never ages
Arthur Newman – a warm, funny (and strange) road trip
* Before I Fall - based on a YA novel, like Groundhog Day for teens
* Boyhood – amazing Best Picture Oscar-winne, filmed over 12 years
The Cake Eaters – coming-of-age story about a disabled girl
* Captain Fantastic - warm, funny story of quirky family facing challenges
Carol - beautiful novel adaptation about forbidden love in 1952 
* Chef – food, music, comedy, fun – one of my faves of the year!
* Cloud Atlas - clever, complex, visually stunning film based on the novel
The Dressmaker - quirky drama filled with dark humor, based on a novel
Everything, Everything - teen romance based on popular YA novel
* The Fundamentals of Caring - warm, funny story of friendship and hope 
Gold - suspenseful drama about real-life 80's gold prospector  
* Hector and the Search for Happiness – warm, funny & uplifting
* Hidden Figures - inspirational true story of black women behind the scenes at NASA
* The Imitation Game – about Alan Turing who helped decode Enigma in WWII
* The Judge – legal drama starring Robert Duvall & Robert Downey, Jr.
The Legend of Tarzan - a new twist on the classic jungle adventure 
The Life Before Her Eyes – thoughtful story about aftermath of school shooting
Me Before You - warm, sweet romance based on the novel by Jojo Moyes
Mr. Holmes - moving portrayal of an aging Holmes with dementia recalling his last case
Redwood Highway – aging grandma takes off on long-distance hike
* ROOM - Suspenseful, heartwarming - based on the best-selling novel
The Spectacular Now – high school drama/comedy
* Still Alice – based on the novel about early-onset Alzheimer’s
* Stuck in Love - warm, funny atypical romcom about a family's loves 
Take Me Home – uplifting road trip movie
The Theory of Everything – about Stephen Hawking’s early life and ALS onset
Unbroken – based on Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling book
* The Way  - warm, funny, uplifting story of personal growth on the trail
* Wild - starring Reese Witherspoon & based on the best-selling memoir
The Words – story within a story about a plagarizing author

Comedy
A Walk in the Woods -  light, mildly funny movie based on Bill Bryson's book
Going in Style - fun, heartwarming comedy about old guys robbing a bank - all-star cast
Hot Pursuit – light female cop-buddy movie
If I Were You - fun, warm farce about infidelity
The Intern – light, warm, funny movie about 70-year old intern
* St. Vincent – comedy drama starring Bill Murray
Scrooged – Bill Murray in a modern version of A Christmas Carol
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – light, fun, and full of joy
Thin Ice - a comedy/crime caper starring Greg Kinnear & Alan Arkin
* This is Where I Leave You – warm, hilarious adaptation of the novel
Young Adult – dark, tragic comedy starring Charlize Theron

Sci Fi
* 12 Monkeys – post-apocalyptic time-travel thriller
* Arrival - mind-bending, powerful movie about aliens, communication & being human 
Captain America: Civil War - Avengers movie - action-packed with a complex plot
* Coherence  - quietly wonderful with twisty supernatural plot
* Ex Machina - thoughtful, suspenseful, highly-acclaimed sci fi thriller 
* Guardians of the Galaxy – fun, funny sci fi misfits save the universe
Lucy – sci fi action starring Scarlett Johansson who gets superpowers
Insurgent – based on the post-apocalyptic Divergent trilogy
* Interstellar – family drama in space, set in post-apocalyptic time
Jupiter Ascending - uneven action-packed space drama (no review)
* The Martian – starring Matt Damon, based on the best-selling novel
Mockingjay, Part 1 – 3rd based on post-apocalyptic trilogy, The Hunger Games
Mockingjay, Part 2 - action-packed conclusion to The Hunger Games series
* Passengers - long-term space journey goes awry - suspense, humor & romance
* Predestination – twisty time-travel movie
Project Almanac - fun, fast-paced story of teens who time travel
* Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - prequel to the original Star Wars movie
* Star Trek Beyond - action-packed sci fi adventure with a sense of humor 
* Star Wars: The Force Awakens – continuation of the classic space epic saga
* Star Wars: The Last Jedi - excellent addition to the series 
Under the Skin – alien life takes on human female form to prey on men
War for the Planet of the Apes - action-packed suspense with poignancy & humor
* Wonder Woman - suspenseful & entertaining superhero movie

Musical
* La La Land - a joyful musical romance set in Hollywood
 * Sing Street - a musical/comedy/drama about a group of teen boys who start a band in 1980's Dublin
 
Family/Animated
The 500 Fingers of Dr. T – Dr. Seuss’s most bizarre creation, from 1952!
The Jungle Book - live-action/CGI version of the classic favorite 
Shaun the Sheep – Claymation adventure of sheep by creators of Wallace & Gromit

Documentary
Twinsters - charming, warm story of two possibly long-lost sisters who find each other 
Up Heartbreak Hill­ – about Navajo teens deciding whether to leave the reservation
* Without a Home – award-winning, about homelessness

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