JOY

Jennifer Lawrence stars as a semi-fictionalized version of Miracle Mop entrepreneur, Joy Mangano. Writer/Director David O. Russell and Annie Mumolo construct a thoroughly enjoyable story of a woman enduring the hardships of family, parenthood and a self-made business. (BKP: 4.5/5) Review by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky Like most little girls, “Joy” daydreamed of all… Continue reading JOY

SERENA

New drama directed by Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier stars Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper. Serena is based on a best-selling novel by Ron Rash, but in this case screenwriter Christopher Kyle has emphasized the most melodramatic aspects of the novel’s plot, turning Serena from a Lady Macbeth character–someone who urges her husband to commit ever greater… Continue reading SERENA

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

I arrived expecting the worst only to find myself charmed by this zany homage to Harrison Ford which begins by riffing Raiders of the Lost Ark then quickly morfs into an update of the original Star Wars (now called Episode IV). With no clue how any of this mapped to the actual Marvel mythology, I just settled in &… Continue reading GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY