Sep 28 2018


in the late 1800’s the wildly talented Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Kiera Knightley) would marry a successful Parisian writer known as “Willy” (Dominic West). But as it would turn out, the success that Willy was met with would come from a host of “staff” writers publishing under his name, a model that worked well until the egomaniac lifestyle would tap out the family finances. As a result and in an effort to help, Colette would begin to ghostwrite, quite successfully, for Willy as well. But with raving success would come more headaches, a struggle of artistic ownership, finances, and sexual expression. This is her story. Directed by Wash Westmoreland and written by Westmoreland, Richard Glatzer, and Rebecca Lenkiwicz, this biopic romp does little to break the format or narrative structure we’ve seen time and time again in historical non-fiction; but, no matter, more impressive is the magnifying glass perspective on an early luminary for change, women’s rights, and challenger of societal norms far beyond her time. Strong performances from the ensemble further work in concert to solidify another film of quality as the 2018 awards season continues its warm up. With arthouse pedigree and sensibilities in its DNA, further thumbs up for art direction and period music throughout make Colette’s educational watch easy just the same. Colette is rated R.

Sep 21 2018

The House with a Clock in Its Walls

Orphaned and broken hearted, Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) is sent to Michigan to live with his uncle, a magician, Jonathan (Jack Black). But, shortly after his arrival Lewis learns his uncle is more than just a different breed of eccentric, Jonathan is actually a warlock living in a strangely charmed house; and, his best friend/next door neighbor, Florence Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett) is a powerful witch. Curious, Lewis begins the quest to enter the world of magic and wizardry only to also discover a terrible secret within the walls of the house, a doomsday clock. Now, with the hour of fate close at hand Lewis, Jonathan and Florence will have to combine their powers to thwart the evil that lies within, stranger still, what’s the connection to the previous owner of the house, Isaac Izard (Kyle MacLachlan)? Based on the novels by John Bellairs, and directed by pulp and horror heavyweight Eli Roth this fantastic fantasy is a prime example of a film that harnesses the superpowers of all its parts to create something for good, a breezy and entertaining family friendly adventure that’s easy to digest and just in time for the Halloween season. Tonally a bit askew at times with scripting and humor that aims high and low but largely on target, Roth is clearly having fun with his skill sets as a director capable of scaring the pants off you, but, doing his best to create a film that will equally entertain younger and older audiences just the same. A delightfully quirky and bumbling Black is in his element and perfectly suited for his role and Cate, well, Cate can do no wrong, right? Meanwhile, Vaccaro seems aptly skilled and sharpens this semi coming of age tale to a fine point. Worth your entertainment dollar as the pumpkin season warms up, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is rated PG.

Sep 14 2018

Cirque du Soleil: Volta

Taking Marymoor Park by storm through Nov. 4th, Cirque du Soleil’s latest show Volta roars into the big top to wow, amaze, stun, and delight with their high energy and acrobatic display. Following the story of a young boy named Waz, a wildly spirited youth in danger of being tamed and broken down to become part of the rat race, that is until Ela, the rollerskating free spirit, reminds him of his true potential. Transcending the greys to remain a free spirit will take Waz on a journey only capable from the minds of Cirque du Soleil.Operating a little differently than other Cirque models, the core of Volta appears to lean heavily on a single troupe of highly skilled and endurance ready acrobatic performers as opposed to many individual acts strung together to complete a show; the end result is a smaller more efficient cast with higher physical demands, an impressive lot which can only be explained by the word “Youth,” one almost feels exhausted just watching the feats on display…almost. Also, a bit haphazard, the narrative structure doesn’t entirely hold up or come to a strong resolution at the show’s conclusion, a small quibble to be made, audiences are still in for a solid evening of live music, live action, and live art, an experience best digested in person. Tickets and more information can be found at, the family is in for a treat.