Review: Hotel Transylvania 2

Every parent knows the conflict around letting go as their children become adults, of seeing them leave the proverbial nest whether you’re ready for it or not. If you’re a single parent, it can be more challenging, and perhaps the most challenging of all transitions is a father being able to truly let go of his daughter as she becomes a woman and travels her own path in the world. With many comic moments and delightful visual gags, a father letting…Read More

Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Magicians are a funny lot. Awkward, often unpopular kids who found a creative channel to gain popularity and hopefully reduce the daily pummelings from the school bully. It’s tough to be a kid, and if you’re dorky young Burt (played as a child by Mason Cook) it’s a daily nightmare, sprinting home after school to unsuccessfully avoid your tormentor. When his Mom leaves him a Rance Holloway magic set for his birthday, it’s a revelation,…Read More

Review: The Messenger

What does it take to be a soldier on the Casualty Notification Team, the “Angels of Death Squadron”, traveling the United States and letting spouses and parents know that someone has died while in the Army? And at what cost personally? That’s the question underlying The Messenger, a stark film that follows decorated and troubled Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery (Ben Foster) as he joins with Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson) on this detail. “Captain Stone…Read More