THE POST: Jaded ‘Hollywood’ view of history

Jeff Ruffolo 02/22/2018

History has a way of always looking good. In the rear view mirror. Case in point—“The Post” (i.e. The Washington Post newspaper)—which is up for Academy Awards for both Best Picture and Best Actress (Meryl Streep) and…

Majestically rules and reigns

Jeff Ruffolo 02/15/2018

“The Man” Lee is a genius. More than just a writer of comic book pulp fiction for the past 50 years, Lee, and his artistic better half, “Jolly” Jack Kirby, not only brought hundreds of superheroes and…

TRILOGY REACHES ITS CLIMAX

Jeff Ruffolo 02/08/2018

Let’s see if I understand this right. One of the richest, most powerful men in the world, finds relatively attractive, single females for his sexual dominance and masochistic personal pleasure. He coerces them into signing reams of…

The Greatest Showman stunning cinematic achievement

Jeff Ruffolo 01/25/2018

NEVER enough. Dear Reader, in the more than four years that I have been sitting in the dark watching and then honestly reviewing endless gawful movies … I have relished trashing so many films that they seem…

12 STRONG: Worthwhile attempt at recreating 9/11 aftermath

Jeff Ruffolo 01/18/2018

I have a question for you. I mean this in all sincerity. How do you think you would feel if next Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., 12 terrorists high jacked two Boeing jet aircraft from Mactan-Cebu International…

Pitch Perfect 3: Far from perfect

Jeff Ruffolo 01/11/2018

Do you like going to the dentist? I sure don’t. I know I need a root canal—it’s in my upper left molar. Hurts like the dickens. But I’d rather have every one of my teeth pulled out—one…

The year in review for films

Jeff Ruffolo 12/28/2017

The Good Logan. Exceptional performance by Hugh Jackman as the previously invulnerable mutant known as “The Wolverine”. He is dying and takes the audience along with him to death’s door. Expect Jackman to receive an Oscar nomination…

Wielder of the Force

Jeff Ruffolo 12/14/2017

Skywalker returns—along with Princess Leia Organa, Chewbacca, and the androids C-3PO and R2D2—to fight the good fight against the forces of galactic evil in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” And unless you have been living on the…

Dull, lifeless retelling

Jeff Ruffolo 12/01/2017

Kenneth  Branagh directs and stars as the legendary sleuth Hercule Poirot in the latest remake of Agatha Christie’s hypnotic reading of “Murder on the Orient Express.” And there is no doubt that the cast of this latest exploit…

Coco: Joyous celebration of life and death

Jeff Ruffolo 11/23/2017

Death.  It’s a pretty tough subject for many film goers to deal with but one that is presented tenderly—and with a mix of mirth—in Disney/Pixar’s “Coco.” What is troubling is that many people are incredibly uncomfortable even…

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