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  • Ben Is Back

    Ben Is Back

    ★★★½

    Boy Erased is the better film, but Hedges performance is actually better here. Sadly, this film stretches believability in the final chapter, which is really unfortunate, as it was rock solid for most of its running time.

  • Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears

    Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears

    ★★★

    Anthony Quinn is terrific as the deaf/mute "Deaf Smith," a character based on a real historical figure who was merely hard-of-hearing. Franco Nero is his fictional partner, Johnny Ears, and he's pretty annoying much of the time, though - in his defense - it couldn't have been easy to carry the film's dialogue for the both of them.

    Verdict? Skip this movie and google the real "Deaf Smith."

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  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad

    ★★★★

    I understand there are a lot of Haters. I have not read any reviews as of yet, so I'm not sure what the fuss is about. That said, I don't know the source material either... is a comparison to that what critics are taking issue with? All I know is that I enjoyed this, and thought the characters, FX, performances and basic premise, were all very good to excellent. Hell, Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto's performances alone made…

  • Vinyl

    Vinyl

    ★★★★

    Pretty damned near brilliant. Director Zweig interviews, nay - psycho-analyzes, and CROSS-EXAMINES - record collectors in an effort to understand the roots of his own obsessiveness, loneliness and feelings of self-loathing. Among the collectors he's interviews are Harvey Pekar, Guy Madden and Bruce La Bruce, though nobody is identified in the film. But make no mistake, some of these collectors are quite sick... more hoarders than collectors, allowing their obsessions to paint their lives into a frighteningly dark and cluttered…