FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY | Movie Review

Fighting With My Family Reviewed by REGGIE WOLTZ There’s a lot of Rocky in the tale of how Saraya Knight (Florence Pugh) rose from the rough-and-tumble streets of Norwich, England to take the world by storm in the ring after adopting the stage name of “Paige.” Although there are times when Merchant adopts a tongue-and-cheek attitude toward his characters and there’s plenty of humor to be had, … Continue reading FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY | Movie Review

FANTASTIC BEASTS: The Crimes of Grindelwald | Movie Review

The Crimes of Grindelwald Movie Review by Reggie Woltz The biggest crime in David Yates’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is that it makes the dynamic and magical “Harry Potter” universe boring. Set 70-odd years before the adventures of the “Boy Who Lived,” the second installment in the “Fantastic Beasts” series gets off to a decent start, as the evil wizard Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) … Continue reading FANTASTIC BEASTS: The Crimes of Grindelwald | Movie Review

BEAUTIFUL BOY | Movie Review

BEAUTIFUL BOY Movie Review by Reggie Woltz American movies about addiction follow a pattern that’s difficult to escape: serious drug/alcohol problem, rehab, relapse, rehab, epiphany, sobriety. They normally end on a hopeful note mostly because studios are reluctant to bum the audience out, even though in real life the recovery rate is under 50%. I single out American cinema because Europeans are more willing to … Continue reading BEAUTIFUL BOY | Movie Review

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY | Movie Review

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Reviewed by REGGIE WOLTZ Put Rami Malek on the list for best film performances of 2018. As Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the British band Queen, the Mr. Robot star performs miracles, catching the look, strut and soul of Mercury, who died of complications from AIDS in 1991. Sadly, the film itself shows signs of a difficult birth. Sacha Baron Cohen was … Continue reading BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY | Movie Review

FIRST MAN | Movie Reviews

FIRST MAN by REGGIE WOLTZ Director Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash,” “La La Land”), reunites with Ryan Gosling in “First Man,” the story of Neil Armstrong. While almost everyone in the world knows of the moon landing and Armstrong’s poignant words while making history, most do not know the entire story — his tragic life and the failed missions before July 1969. “First Man” takes us on … Continue reading FIRST MAN | Movie Reviews

Black Panther | DoubleTake by REGGIE WOLTZ

Not Another Superhero Movie by REGGIE WOLTZ The Black Panther is not a movie so much as it is a statement. Released in the dead of Black History Month with mountains of hype and molehills of controversy, nothing surrounding it happened by coincidence. At a time when racial and political tensions have hit fever pitches, there are few occasions for synthesis between opposing mindsets as … Continue reading Black Panther | DoubleTake by REGGIE WOLTZ

Call Me By Your Name | DoubleTake by REGGIE WOLTZ

by REGGIE WOLTZ Beautiful Tedium The term ‘bildungsroman’ refers to the novelization of a coming-of-age tale. This typically involves character change in a sensitive person over the events of the story. These novels are commonplace in literature and multitudes of movies have portrayed the same archetype. Call Me by Your Name, although building on the format in a few ways, is a bildungsroman at heart. … Continue reading Call Me By Your Name | DoubleTake by REGGIE WOLTZ

The Shape of Water | DoubleTake by REGGIE WOLTZ

The Shape of Water by REGGIE WOLTZ A Study in Teal Movies can be used to tell all kinds of stories. From realist dramas to fantastical science fiction, the versatility of the medium is well-documented. Usually a certain genre prescribes a set of expectations to its plot. Romantic comedies have two people fall in and out of love, only to come back together in the … Continue reading The Shape of Water | DoubleTake by REGGIE WOLTZ

Three Billboards | DoubleTake by REGGIE WOLTZ

Reality Show by REGGIE WOLTZ The idea that art imitates life is a fairly simple concept. Artists seek to express themselves and their creativity, doing so comes as a reflection of their internal uniqueness and external environment.  Whether it’s a love song, Shakespearean tragedy, or landscape painting, art is a peek at the world through the eyes of its maker. Movies have enormous potential in … Continue reading Three Billboards | DoubleTake by REGGIE WOLTZ

Get Out | DoubleTake by REGGIE WOLTZ

The Risen Place by REGGIE WOLTZ *SPOILERS* When you have seen enough movies, it gets easier to tell the difference between gold and pyrite. Sure, the quality of a film is hard to define from the ground-up. Because of the bevy of base components that movies have to work with (from sensory elements like visuals and audio to more cerebral tools such as story complexity, … Continue reading Get Out | DoubleTake by REGGIE WOLTZ