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  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★

    A lot of fun. I’d say a bit of “Edge of Seventeen” in terms of female friendships, a bit of “Superbad” in terms of its ambitious for a wild night out and a dash of extra earnestness.

  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★

    Kind of the tonal opposite of my favorite for 2017, “I, Tonya”, “Paddington 2” is about kindness as a core value and the power of one person bear to bring out the best in other people. Hugh Grant, who has been famous for playing the same person over and over, sends up actors’ need to transform themselves and get attention. Seeds planted early on have ways of sprouting delightfully as the climax approaches and the plot detour to a prison…

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  • One Night Only

    One Night Only

    ★★★

    I found the ending manipulative but "One Night Only" takes you on an effective story that is at times funny, exciting and sad journey with two people with not a lot to lose.

  • Sisters

    Sisters

    ★★★★

    Let's face it, there are not a lot of R-rated house party comedies from the point of view of middle-aged women and for that reason, "Sisters" is a curiosity but it's also worth seeing because the jokes, which focus on the awkwardness that many of us never age out of, generally land and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's chemistry together is particularly strong on this one. John Cena's dry timing is back back after "Trainwreck" and it's nice to see…