Tag Archive for Film

Beauty and the Beast

Film review by Steve Duffy –   “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful, and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the…

Logan

Film review by Steve Duffy – It’s 2029. Mutants are gone–or very nearly so. An isolated, despondent Logan (Hugh Jackman) is drinking his days away in a hideout on a remote stretch of the Mexican border, picking up petty cash as a driver for hire. His companions in exile are the outcast Caliban (Stephen Merchant)…

The Great Wall

Film review by Steve Duffy – “The Great Wall” is not a great movie. I had great expectations for it because it was directed by Zhang Yimou, whose amazing filmography includes some of the most globally acclaimed features to come out of China. Matt Damon portrays William Garin, an ace archer with a really bad…

Race

Film review by Steve Duffy – Race is based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens (Stephan James), the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan…

Live By Night

Film review by Steve Duffy – It’s the Roaring 20’s and Prohibition hasn’t stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The opportunity to gain power and money is there for any man with enough ambition and nerve, and Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck), the son of the Boston Police superintendent, long…

5 Questions: Margot Lee Shetterly

12.14.16 5 Questions is a series by Steve Duffy – Margot Lee Shetterly is the author of “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.” She is also the founder of The Human Computer Project, an endeavor that is recovering the names and…

Nocturnal Animals

12.9.16 Film review by Steve Duffy – Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival. From writer/director Tom Ford comes a haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, revenge, and redemption. Academy Award nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal…

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

11.18.16 Review by Steve Duffy – The year is 1926, and magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (American…

Loving

11.4.16 Film review by Steve Duffy – Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving…

The Girl On The Train

10.7.16 Film review by Steve Duffy – Based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, ‘The Girl On The Train’ tells the story of Rachel (Emily Blunt), devastated by her recent divorce, who spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until…