|Joe Pesci & Robert De Niro (r) star in The Irishman|
The Irishman - 4 Stars. Martin Scorsese's old school mob epic, (3½ hours) with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino. What more do you want?
Ford v Ferrari - 4 Stars. Ford Motor Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles to win the Le Mans competition in the 1960s. Matt Damon and Christain Bale plus great production and an old school script make magic.
Apollo 11 - 3½ Stars. Amazing footage of the amazing feat.
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice - 3½ Stars. Linda Ronstadt's career, revisited with the sad coda of her losing her voice.
Parasite - 3½ Stars. Korean comedy/horror thriller. Lower class family worms their way into a 1% family. Then fun begins, including a couple of off-the-rails twists.
Jojo Rabbit - 3½ Stars. A young German boy conjures Hitler as his imaginary friend during World War II. Great acting. Threads the needle between comedy and tragedy.
Downton Abbey - 3 Stars. Just what fans of the series ordered.
Judy - 3 Stars. Renée Zellweger's amazing performance of the last, sad year of Judy Garland's life.
Harriet - 3 Stars. A thrilling performance from Cynthia Erivo (as emancipator Harriet Tubman) makes this creative biography live.
Doctor Sleep - 3 Stars. This sequel to "The Shining" will keep you awake nights. A genuine chiller.
Ad Astra - 3 Stars. Brad Pitt as a son searching the universe for his father. Stunningly beautiful, even when it sputters at the end.
The Good Liar - 2 1/2 Stars. Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen con each other in a creaky but fun thriller.
The Current War - 2½ Stars. Edison versus Westinghouse for electricity supremacy. Tesla, too. History made interesting, almost.
Dolemite Is My Name - 2½ Stars. Eddie Murphy pays tribute to comic Rudy Ray Moore's midnight movies about the outrageous character Dolemite.
Zombieland: Double Tap - 2 Stars. More zombie killing adventures with Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin... Oh! and also Bill Murray.
The Report - 1 Star. Fact base drama of investigation into American prisoner torture after 9/11. This important investigation makes for a long talky often dull movie.
Frankie - 1 Star. Family reunion in Portugal includes slow, but familiar romance, divorce, and end-of-life musings.
It Chapter Two - 1 Star. Overlong, overstuffed disappointment, in spite of a good cast.
Motherless Brooklyn - 1 Star. Edward Norton as an underworld character desperately trying to solve the murder of his boss. Long, confusing, derivative, and unsatisfying.
Midway - 1 Star. Cliche-ridden World War II drama includes phony looking computer graphic air and sea fights.
Didn't See it, Don't Wanna See it: In honor of my increasing grumpiness toward the new world of movies...
Terminator: Dark Fate - Enough already.
Gemini Man - Saw it the first time.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil - Unnecessary sequel.