Reel Reviews

The House: Is it Good? Don’t Bet on it!

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana When it comes to comedy, I feel like the genre can be split into two separate categories. In one category, you have comedies starring actors who can act funny, but also deliver a performance. Actors like Christopher Walken, Will Smith, Tom Hanks, etc. In the other category, you have comedies starring comedians who are only there ... Read More »

Wonder Woman: A Movie 76 Years in the Making

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana Summer has begun and Hollywood is ready with its long list of superhero films, with DC’s “Wonder Woman” being the latest reveal from Warner Brothers Studios, the same studio responsible for nearly every DC film dating back to the late ‘70s. With such a long line of films under their belt, how can “Wonder Woman” possibly ... Read More »

‘Alien: Covenant’ – In Space No One Can Hear You Groan

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana “Alien: Covenant” is the latest entry in the 38-year-old franchise simply known as “Alien,” a film series that blurs the line between Sci-Fi and Horror. The franchise was responsible for launching a number of careers, and becoming a source of inspiration for many stories in the sci-fi and horror genres. However, the latest movie is difficult ... Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: An Insane Yet Fun Thrill Ride!

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana It’s no secret that comic book movies are the new hit theme for Hollywood. Comic books and movies are like peanut butter on bread. Delicious and tasty, but not for everyone, and it’s understandable. Most viewers are die-hard readers and fans familiar with the lore and history of the source material, there’s no shock there. It’s ... Read More »

‘Going in Style’ – Star Power: The Movie

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana “Going in Style” is this year’s latest comedy, with a shocking amount of star casting behind it. The film features Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin, and costars Ann-Margret and Christopher Lloyd. I think you can see where most of the budget went. I just wish it went to a more polished script. Normally during ... Read More »

The Zookeeper’s Wife: A True Story of Altruism

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana “The Zookeeper’s Wife” is a true story set in World War II. It isn’t the first film to be based around that period, and it probably won’t be the last, but “The Zookeeper’s Wife” not only stands out from the long lineup of WWII films, it stands on its own as this year’s most compelling drama. ... Read More »

Beauty and the Beast: Be my guest, it’s the best

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana When I sat down for “Beauty and the Beast” I found myself mulling over what kind of remake it was going to be. Was this going to be a remake of the famous animated movie, or more toward the original tale, the one published in 1756 by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont? Try saying that name five ... Read More »

Kong – Skull Island: Escape from the Island of Plot Devices

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana “Kong: Skull Island,” is a film based on an old 1933 classic, “King Kong.” Before I begin, however, there is something all readers should be aware of. The film is NOT a remake, but a reboot. Some readers may be wondering what’s the difference? Well, allow me to explain. When it comes to remakes, any fan ... Read More »

Jackie: An Alternative View or Lackluster to View?

Welcome Matthew Mendisana! Coastal Breeze News is happy to announce the addition of film enthusiast and critic, columnist Matthew Mendisana. Matthew will bring readers his insightful movie reviews in a regular column, “Reel Reviews.” REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana The assassination of President John F. Kennedy is a story that has been told countless times. Dozens of books and films have ... Read More »

REEL REVIEWS

By Jake Erickson San Andreas This movie is by far one of the best disaster movies to come out in years with a creative plot, great actors and awesome animation techniques. The complexity of the events are complimented with an undeniable sense of suspense despite the security felt with some of the main characters. The biggest reason this movie really ... Read More »

“American Sniper” — Must See

REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net If you’ve read “American Sniper” don’t avoid the movie; it’s much different in several ways. The book concentrates on the elements of war in Iraq. The movie emphasizes the character and travails of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq protecting Marines in savage fighting. It’s anything but a “war movie”; ... Read More »

A Chef to Savor

REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net If you’ve had your fill of super-heroes, super-villains, zombies, Godzilla’s and other zillas plus assorted other freaks, treat yourself to “Chef.” It’s a delightful take on the food world, family bonding and multiculturalism with a great soundtrack and a bit of a travelogue to boot. After a disastrous experience with “Cowboys and Aliens” and ... Read More »

What Happens In Vegas…

REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net If you suspend your disbelief, sit back and relax and you just might enjoy “Last Vegas.” It’s virtually mindless frothy comedy with a predictable script, saved only by the acting of four old pros and a decent director. Yes, there are some reminders of the vicissitudes of aging that draw some guffaws from the ... Read More »

Piracy and Heroism

REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net “Captain Phillips” starts quietly enough. Captain Rich Phillips (Tom Hanks) and his wife (Catherine Keener) leave their Vermont home one morning. The Captain is off to Oman where he will take charge of a freighter, the Maersk Alabama, destination Kenya. The ship carries various goods, including relief supplies for those suffering in Africa. Phillips ... Read More »

RUSH

REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net The setting is Europe. The critical year is 1976, although it’s mingled with a number of flashbacks. The movie centers about the rivalry of two Formula One race car drivers, one handsome, dashing and British; the other Austrian, not so handsome, not so dashing – indeed dour, arrogant – and Austrian. This fascinating thriller ... Read More »

ENOUGH SAID

REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is a divorced masseuse with a daughter, Ellen, about to enter college (impeccably played by Tracey Fairaway). Albert (the late, great James Gandolfini) is a divorced father of a girl also bound for college. Thus begins “Enough Said,” a charming little comedy that gets into the foibles of middle class, middle ... Read More »

Prisoners

REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net As the first scene begins a father is repeating a prayer as his son prepares to shoot a deer for their Thanksgiving dinner.  This is the fitting prelude for almost three hours of tension and superb performances in a far-from-ordinary “crime thriller. The setting is a wintry, somber, dank Western Pennsylvania town.  It appears ... Read More »

The Butler

REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net By trying to do too much, “the Butler” ends up doing too little. It intersperses the life of White House butler named Cecil Gaines (modeled on real life butler Eugene Allen) with episodes of the Civil Rights Movement. In a huge cast, including Robin Williams (who is supposed to be Dwight Eisenhower, but looks ... Read More »

Woody’s Best Blue Jasmine

REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net From the moment we first see Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) we’re entranced, even though she’s talking to herself and her neighbor on a flight from New York to San Francisco. Jasmine is dressed to the nines in Chanel and a huge Hermes purse. That’s all accompanied by monogrammed Louis Vuitton luggage awaiting her on the ... Read More »