Podcast - Freeze Frame

Russ Simmons gives his take on upcoming movies.

Freeze Frame: “Dune: Part 2” (PG-13), “Io Capitano” (Not rated), “Tyler Perry’s Mea Culpa” (R)

The delay is over Dunatics. Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi epic "Dune: Part 2" has finally arrived on the big screen and it's a sweeping saga that arguably tells Frank Herbert’s intricate messianic tale better than any of the previous film and TV adaptations. Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya are back on planet...

Freeze Frame: “Ordinary Angels” (PG), “Perfect Days” (PG), “Out of Darkness” (R)

Two-time Oscar winner Hillary Swank stars in the family friendly social drama, "Ordinary Angels." It tells the inspirational true story of Sharon Stevens, an alcoholic hairdresser who seeks redemption by rallying her Kentucky community to help a child in desperate need of a liver transplant. Sharon takes on innumerable obstacles...

FREEZE FRAME: “Bob Marley: One Love” (PG-13), “Madame Web” (PG-13), “The Taste of Things” (PG-13), “This is Me…Now: A Love Story” (PG-13)

“Bob Marley: One Love” is both entertaining and disappointing at the same time. The late reggae icon's music propels what is otherwise a very bland reenactment of segments of his life. You can't blame Kingsley Ben Adir who is fine in the title role and the soundtrack is engaging, but...

Freeze Frame: “The Teachers’ Lounge” (PG-13), “Suncoast” (R), “Upgraded” (R), “Genius: MLK/X” (Unrated)

“The Teachers' Lounge" is a German film deservedly nominated for the Best International Feature at this year's Oscars. Leonie Benesch plays a naive novice schoolteacher who sets off a volatile firestorm when she accuses one of her fellow employees of petty theft. Smart and involving, it plays like a thriller and can...

FREEZE FRAME: “Argylle” (PG-13), “Scrambled” (R), “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” (R)

The wildly imaginative tongue-in-cheek action comedy "Argylle" is the sort of movie that the term "meta" was coined for. Bryce Dallas Howard stars as a homebody novelist. She becomes the target of assassins when the adventures of her fictional spy hero, played by Henry Cavill, parallel actual events. Sam Rockwell...

Freeze Frame: “The Zone of Interest” (R), “The Underdoggs” (R)

The banality of evil is the subject of the devastating German entry, "The Zone of Interest," loosely based on the novel by Martin Amis. It’s the favorite to win this year's International Film Oscar. The film is about Rudolph Hoss, the Commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp during WWII, and...

Freeze Frame: “Origin” (R), “I.S.S.” (R), “Freud’s Last Session” (PG-13), “True Detective: Night Country” (TV-MA)

Ava DuVernay's earnest and thoughtful drama "Origin" focuses on the multiple personal traumas that prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson endured as she wrote and researched her nonfiction bestseller, “Caste: The Origins of our Discontents.” Anjanue Ellis Taylor is excellent in the lead role and while the movie is sometimes frustratingly repetitious...

Freeze Frame: “Mean Girls” (PG-13), “American Fiction” (R), “Lift” (PG-13), “Echo” (TV-MA)

Tina Fey's hit 2004 comedy "Mean Girls" was adapted into a popular Broadway musical. The new movie is a cinematic version of that play. Angourie Rice leads the cast in the tale of a teen who rubs a nasty A-list student the wrong way when she falls for a certain...