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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★

    There is, ahem, a certain, let’s say, segment of the population whose economic hardships and refusal to assimilate is romanticized in films and by filmgoers. This film continues that trend. That isn’t necessarily bad, I only wish that the same kindness and admiration shown these characters extended to depictions of other groups, in other films.

    That aside, Nomadland is superbly shot and acted. There are also several scenes that are emotionally impactful. A must watch.

  • Mulan

    Mulan

    ★★

    A mess and frankly, not very entertaining.

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  • The Midnight Sky

    The Midnight Sky

    ★★★½

    The Midnight Sky is a contemplative film. I think it’s central thesis is that personal relationships are the most important achievements humankind can attain and if our life services that goal, then it’s ultimately a life well spent. Am I certain that was Clooney’s intended message as director or that of the author that wrote the novel that the film is based on? No, I am not. I am also not sure if the film intended to have one central…

  • The Call of the Wild

    The Call of the Wild

    ★★★

    It’s all about expectations. If you watched the trailer for this version of The Call of the Wild, saw Harrison Ford and a large CGI dog, and thought that it looked like a fun and sweet diversion, then this movie will certainly meet your expectations. And that’s all we can realistically hope for, for a movie to provide what its marketing says it will deliver. If on the other hand you expected Jack London’s version of The Call of the Wild, my suggestion would be to simply read London’s version.