Category archive for ‘Reel Time with Tom’ rss

  • Merry Christmas to all!

    This is our last publication of the year, and due to a scheduling issue my next column will not be published until the January 25 edition. During that time, there will be some “highly anticipated” films making their appearance, with of course no assurance they will live up to the hype preceding them, which sadly is often the case.

  • The Man Who Invented Christmas – worth a watch

    A quick heads up before starting. For the first time in ten years Netflix made a mistake and sent me the wrong DVD. Instead of what I ordered, I got Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2016, PG-13. I thought “what the heck,” I’ll take a look. That was the second mistake. I lasted ten minutes and that was it.  If you are a Harry Potter fan you might enjoy it, otherwise forget it.

  • Murder on the Orient Express – derailed by the accent

    It may surprise you to learn that Agatha Christie is the best- selling author of all time. Her novels have sold over two billion copies so far, and still going strong. Her books have been translated into more languages than any others, save the Bible and the works of Shakespeare.

  • Suburbicon: What goes around comes around

    American filmmakers the Coen brothers have a long list of movies they have written, and in some cases directed. They have won and/or been nominated for a number of Oscars and may be the best known team of writers in Hollywood. I have not seen all of their films by any stretch, but those I have left a lasting impression.

  • I’m either desperate, fed up, or both

    I go to dozens of movies every year. I go for three reasons.

  • Battle of the Sexes – tennis match or soap opera?

    The evening I saw this was a first for me in a number of ways. 1) First time I ever sat through a movie as the only person in the theatre. 2) First time I ever phoned anyone during a film. 3) First time I ever watched a football game while the movie was playing, (Bears-Packers), which actually many of you would prefer to forget. 4) First time I ever took my antacids during the movie rather than wait until I got home.

  • American Assassin – acceptable at best

    Once again, your neighborhood movie columnist was between a rock and a hard place.

  • Coming attractions

    For the first time in a long while, there were no new releases in our area theaters last weekend. As a result, any movie I chose to comment on would already be at least two, more likely three weeks old by our publication date. That would be like finding a loaf of stale bread in your pantry; no interest.

  • Thank you Willy Horton for bringing peace to Detroit

    I served six years in the military and had never seen anything like this. I was standing in a war zone, surrounded by armed troops, hundreds of police and two U.S. Army tanks, their cannons aimed at the buildings in front of them. There were no fires at the moment, but smoke still hung over the streets, a grim reminder of the arson which had taken place the past few days.

  • Logan Lucky – not today

    I’m still debating whether it was a bigger mistake paying to see this movie, or laying out $8.09 for a bag of popcorn, half of which I left behind. So, it was a $20 evening, and I’ll no doubt take a long hard look in the mirror when I get up, looking for the “stupid” lines in my face.

  • A Ghost Story – hauntingly bad

    My original choice for this week’s column was the compelling documentary Detroit, the story about the dreadful 1967 riots that took place in the city where I was born and raised. I was there when they happened, and for a short time I was in the middle of it all, but lived to tell about it. At the last minute I decided I didn’t want to experience it again.

    Bad choice Tom.

  • Dunkirk: Phenomenal

    I left the theater exhausted. Despite the comfort offered by the recliners, I was literally on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.

  • Spider-man Homecoming: High school hi-jinks

    The movie screens have been filled all summer with a glut of special effects “blockbusters.” I’ve seen enough in the last several months to last me a lifetime. I will say again, Wonder Woman was worth the trip; the rest range from mediocre to downright bad. This latest Spiderman sequel passes the “mediocre” test, but not much more.

  • Skip the theater and go straight for the DVD rentals

    This week’s column will offer some rental recommendations. These are all excellent films and if you missed any of them the first time around you might consider checking them out. Several of them have appeared on HBO recently, but they are all available through Netflix or any other source you may use.

  • Wonder Woman – we don’t need Superman anymore

    A Chicago Tribune editorial writer said it best, “If you’re ever in trouble, forget Superman – get in touch with Wonder Woman.” After seeing the movie, I know I would.

  • Not much treasure in Pirates 5

    Tough choices (sometimes) abound when trying to pick a movie worth seeing and writing about. You, dear reader, stay home until there is a film you want to see. I don’t have that option, as my column deadline comes every two weeks, like it or not. I worked hard to narrow the choices and ended up with two possible picks.

  • The Guardians of the Galaxy are back

    First things first. Why would an old (very old) codger like me go to a movie like this one, designed exclusively for millennials and younger? The answer is simple: grandchildren, three of them in their teens.

  • Polar opposites

    Two movies this week, one a scary look at California style liberalism spreading like wildfire around the world. The other is an earthy look at the real world.

  • One very good, one very bad

    Interestingly, the very good movie I am writing about never showed up with a TV spot or in a preview. I got lucky finding this one.

  • Zookeeper’s Wife: a worthy exhibit

    Let’s start with the animals. Yes, this is a story about a real zoo and for the first ten minutes or so we are treated to some delightful moments with the various wildlife, and their interactions with the zookeeper’s wife and family. These are peaceful, enjoyable moments, and at times fascinating as the animals relate to their habitat and their various keepers. Unfortunately the zoo is located in Warsaw, Poland, and the year is 1939.

  • Kong: Dull Island

    This time around, I found many of the films playing in the area were “heavily” R rated (language and/ or sexually explicit), which I usually avoid unless it’s a compelling story.

  • Did I see the Oscars?

    The answer is NO. I preferred not to listen to the political rhetoric that would surely surface, and decided that re-runs of Everybody Loves Raymond were a better choice, which proves that every now and then I can make a good decision.

  • Hidden Figures and The Man Who Knew Infinity – two tremendous stories

    As of this writing Hidden Figures is number one in box office receipts over the past several weeks. Deservedly so.

  • La La Land – a musical treat & Passengers – first class adventure

    Our publication schedule precluded writing about these on a timely basis, but nonetheless, it’s rare that I see two films in a row I can actually recommend. It’s possible by now you’ve seen these; if not catch them while you can.

  • Cinematic ‘16: a year in review

    This is the Sun Day News’ third annual review of the past year in movies.

  • Tom’s Top Holiday Movies

    Christmas festivities are well under way for most of us. I thought I would summarize a list of “Holiday” films that, no doubt you have seen already. But if perchance you missed one or two of them, they are all worth viewing, AND they are all four star films, at least by my criteria.

  • ‘Nocturnal Animals’ has you hoping for daylight

    To begin with, there were two movies I was interested in seeing, but only one column to write. The first was Miss Sloan starring Jessica Chastain, the other Nocturnal Animals starring Amy Adams. Both are favorite actresses of mine, so I flipped a coin and it came up tails. I have since thrown the coin away; it made the wrong decision.

  • Try as I might – Rental Recommendations to take you through the holidays

    I thought I would give you some recommendations on movies a few years old; they are all great and worth your time to rent or stream.

  • Arrival – AAA rating, Amy Adams is Awesome & Hacksaw Ridge revealed

    This is science fiction at its best. The movie is adapted from “Story of your Life,” by Ted Chiang. Screenwriter Eric Heisserer should, and probably will be, lauded for his screen adaptation.

  • Inferno – Hanks sizzles, movie fizzles

    Author Dan Brown has written dozens of books, most of them international best sellers. Probably his most famous was The Da Vinci Code, the first in a series of four novels that includes historical themes and Christianity as motifs, some of them generating controversy.