Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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“I like you just the way you are”
Is it too good to be true? When it comes to Fred Rogers of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”, the answer is no … he was good and true. Fred Rogers hosted the children’s TV show on PBS for more than 30 years, starting in 1968. This terrific (and surprisingly emotional) film provides the background of the show, and more importantly, profiles a wonderful man.
Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister and, in the early days of television, recognized that violent cartoons were not appropriate programming for the formative childhood years. Even in the early years, he was an outlier with sincerity and wholesomeness in entertainment. He never shied away from tough topics – not even death – whether it was the assassination of Robert Kennedy or a dead fish in the aquarium on set. He spoke directly to children in a voice and language they understood.
We learn that the puppet Daniel the Tiger most resembled the personality of the host himself … a quiet, patient, compassionate being who cared about others. There are naysayers who say he is responsible for generations of entitled kids who grew into entitled adults, but the film addresses this by showing Roger’s commencement address where he clearly explains the “special” label. His final show was in 2000 and he died in 2003. His legacy is simple yet powerful. We can each do better. We can each be better. We can each be better neighbors.
This film does more than just warm your heart, it reminds you of the kind and loving being that you are born to be. But life happens. And it shows a lot of the struggles Fred himself had. It’s just beautiful. Go see it.

Incredibles 2

Great animation, story, characters, comedy, and basically every aspect of this is just great!
Incredibles 2 was smart, action packed, visually stunning, and HILARIOUS! The nostalgia and the genuinely funny moments will make you cry of pure joy. I personally loved seeing these lovable characters fight their way through super villain mayhem once again. Be prepared for many laugh out loud moments in this movie as well. Jack Jack will melt you heart in one moment and make whatever you’re drinking come out of your nose in the next moment. He really does steal the show. I couldn’t be happier.

Ocean’s 8

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“You’d better be in there,” says the sister of the late Danny Ocean to the mausoleum.
I loved it from beginning to end. The cast is brilliant, fun, funny and filled with amazing women.
I happen to be a fan of heist movies. This one differs from most with it’s all female cast of thieves spearheaded by the charismatic Sandra Bullock and filled out with a veritable who’s who of women.
This flick is very similar to the Ocean flicks with Clooney, Pitt, Damon and the fellas. Sandra plays Danny’s sister and acts a lot like him, while Cate Blanchett plays the Pitt sidekick role. They both did very well.
Anne Hathaway really stole the show. Rihanna played the tech whiz, expert street hacker Nine Ball. Helen Bonham Carter as a dress designer who has seen better days. Mindy Kaling as a jeweler looking to escape her overbearing mother. Awkwafina as a card shark who steals stuff without anybody knowing. Sarah Paulson as an expert fencer.
Ocean’s 8 is terrific fun, displaying its heart in the end.


Solo: A Star Wars Story delivers on what was promised: an entertaining enough origin story for Han Solo that explains how he became the smuggler introduced in A New Hope. Certainly, Solo will be an exciting romp for fans of Han, Chewie and Lando, but offers little reason to care about the goings on of the movie beyond seeing these three come full circle to the original trilogy.
As for the cast of Solo, it may take longtime Star Wars fans some time to get used to seeing Alden Ehrenreich in the role of Han, but he undoubtedly brings the right charm and depth to the character. Ehrenreich doesn’t try to do an impression of Ford’s Han, instead putting his own spin on the younger version of the smuggler – but one that honors the original trilogy character. Woody Harrelson also excels as Beckett, playing off Ehrenreich’s Han well for a complex mentor-mentee dynamic. Further, Donald Glover is a standout as Lando Calrissian, and fans will be calling for more of his character in additional Star Wars anthology films. His droid, L3, as voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, is sure to be another favorite, though her character is often played for laughs in ways that may not sit well with all viewers. All in all, the ensemble cast of Solo is strong but it’s truly Ehrenreich’s show, and he gives a solid lead performance.
Beware the ton of bad reviews including how they held their cards at the poker table. This is really a good movie although I wish it ran 15 minutes less.


Great movie that never lost my attention. Between the surprising twists and the intense action all through the movie I was glued to the screen.
Overall it is an entertaining film with a solid dramatization of real events.


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“I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of my brethren is that they take their boots off our necks.”
The Notorious R.B.G., a pun from rapper Notorious B.I.G. She is a cultural icon but, more than that, she is a giant of our time. A very well done, inspiring documentary on “notorious” Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on par with The Darkest Hour.
The film keeps your attention because it shows her human side, her heart, and her determination — all together in this wonderful tiny woman. Her wonderful love story, her deep friendship with arch conservative Scalia, her enjoyment of theatre and opera, her wonderful sense of humor, her symbolism of the different collars she wears with her justice robes and, most of all, her unswerving path to fight for equality for both women and men of all races and backgrounds, makes for an inspiring and interesting story.
GO see this movie.