A Love Story Worth Telling Again

They say there are only a handful of original stories in Hollywood, which may explain the trend for remakes, reboots, and revivals. And now we have the third remake of the classic love story A Star is Born, first made in 1937 as a non-musical with Janet Gaynor and Frederic March. That film was remade in Hollywood’s musical heyday in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason and is a beloved classic. Another musical version came around in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, became the third highest-grossing film of the year, and introduced the world to the eventual […]

BSO’s Upcoming 2018-19 Season

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has a long history of delivering an interesting symphonic season for audiences to enjoy. The upcoming 2018-19 season is no different. With beautiful classical performances, family programs, and fan favorites like “Off the Cuff” and “BSO Pulse,” the BSO will have something for everyone to enjoy this year. “In the 2018-19 season, there is something for every music lover in Baltimore,” says BSO artistic planner Ab Sengupta. “From all the masterworks you would expect to hear from one of the best orchestras in the country to rarely performed gems, such as French composer Olivier Messiaen’s […]

The Perfect Summer Movie

Back in July 1999, Warner Brothers released what could’ve been an utterly ridiculous Jaws-inspired shark movie – Deep Blue Sea – that might’ve made a few bucks during the summer season and disappeared quickly. But … that movie has a moment that became legendary and propelled the film to cult status (it didn’t even spawn a sequel until this year and that was a straight-to-video effort). And now the same studio is going back into the deep blue sea with a new shark movie, The Meg, a long gestating project based – very loosely – on the 1997 novel Meg. […]

Getting Really High

I was a kid during the “Golden Age of Disaster Movies” in the 1970s. Airport really launched the all-star disaster epic, but it was The Poseidon Adventure that took disaster movies to the next level. That was followed by The Towering Inferno and Earthquake, but a succession of cheaply-made disaster movies with B-level stars (or badly slumming A-listers, such as Paul Newman and Sean Connery) helped the genre quickly peter out. There wasn’t another really good disaster movie until Daylight in 1996 (a very underrated film with a great cast that captures the spirit of the best of the 70s […]

A Spirited Adventure

Star Wars fans were concerned but eager to see a new movie that picked up where the original trilogy ended and were justly rewarded. The second film in the new trilogy was polarizing to say the least, so the mood going into the third film is tenuous at best. When Lucasfilm and Disney announced they would start producing spin-off movies set in the same universe but not related to the ongoing storyline, fans again were worried that the studios were going to dilute or “ruin” the films they already loved. And then Rogue One: A Star Wars Story came along […]

A Quiet Place Offers Silent Terror

Horror films have gotten a bad rap over the years with the rise of the slasher film in the 1980s, and those that came after following the blueprint that had been set by those films – strand a group of people, mostly unlikable, in an isolated location with a mysterious killer and watch them all get creatively killed off one by one, setting up the killer as the “hero” … so he can have a movie franchise and be a cash cow for the studio. But horror films got back to their roots of actually being scary and constructing a […]

Blockers Has Laughs and Heart

  It’s been a while since we’ve seen a good R-rated sex comedy and Blockers comes along at just the right time to deliver some big laughs and a bit of a message. With prom season looming, parents may – or may not – want to give this movie a look, depending on how liberal you are when it comes to your kids. Blockers begins on the eve of a senior prom with three girls – who we see in a cute montage bonding over the years – preparing for the big event. While they decide who to take and […]

Sweet and Hopeful

Lead character Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) has a “big-ass secret.” And by now we all know what that secret is. But in our current society under an administration that promised to be the “greatest friend” to the LGBTQ community, and has proven to be anything but, Love, Simon is a movie many need to see with some great urgency because there are lessons to be learned, but in a gentle, charming, amusing way. No hammers over the head here to push a “gay agenda.” Simon is an average high school student. He’s got a great set of parents, a sister […]

Nothing to Lose But Their Chains

Disney’s Newsies has come a long way since it first debuted – and flopped – as a movie musical in 1992, which eventually developed a major cult following (thanks in part to the casting of a young Christian Bale in the lead role of Jack Kelly) and became a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical before hitting the road on a national tour. The Broadway and touring version of the show are huge spectacles with quite an amazing set, so one has to wonder how the show will translate to such an intimate space as Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, Maryland. If […]

SCREEN SAVOR: Ice Scream

Each year, there are more and more movies depicting the lives of real people and historical events. 2017 was no exception. From World War II (Dunkirk and The Darkest Hour) to the 1970s (The Post, All the Money in the World, and Battle of the Sexes) and the near-present day (Molly’s Game), there was no shortage of material to be dramatized onscreen. One such movie, I, Tonya, stands out from the rest for its inventive and memorable approach to storytelling. “Based on irony free, wildly contradictory, totally true interviews with Tonya Harding and Jeff Gilooly,” director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter […]