MaryAnn Johanson

Are you fully prepared for the March 4 Academy Awards? Here are some more excerpts from Isthmus reviews of the Best Picture nominees. more

Mar 1, 2018 5:00 AM , Movies

Get ready for the March 4 Academy Awards with this handy guide to Isthmus’ reviews of the Best Picture nominees. more

Feb 22, 2018 5:00 AM , , , Movies

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” is a fantastic visual spectacle and so much more: It gives us a taste of what humanity might achieve if we were dedicated to science, peaceful progress and equality. more

Feb 15, 2018 5:00 AM Movies

Director Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles” is a revisionist Western that revises the genre right back into the white man’s perspective. Christian Bale portrays a “good soldier,” and the Native Americans are one-dimensional. more

Feb 1, 2018 5:00 AM Movies 1 Comments

Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” sizzles with all the excitement of an action movie. It’s a compelling and relevant story anchored by terrific performances by Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. more

Jan 11, 2018 5:00 AM SCREENS

“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Jessica Chastain is absolutely badass as a former competitive skier who runs exclusive high-stakes poker games for rich assholes. more

Jan 4, 2018 5:00 AM SCREENS

Greta Gerwig’s triumphant directorial debut, “Lady Bird,” is a howl of grief and frustration, tinged with sweetness. more

Nov 30, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

“Victoria & Abdul” is the “mostly true” story of a friendship between the queen and an Indian visitor. Director Stephen Frears explores themes of class and colonialism, but the audience doesn’t feel like we’re being schooled. more

Oct 5, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

Battle of the Sexes is an entertaining and necessary account of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. more

Sep 28, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is urgent and immediate. It speaks to our desire to accomplish something meaningful. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM SCREENS

“The War for the Planet of the Apes” is a thrilling conclusion to a surprisingly good blockbuster trilogy. Watch the human characters wither away as the apes begin controlling their destiny. more

Jul 13, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

The Harrison Ford character is based on British explorer Percy Fawcett, who was obsessed with the idea that remnants of a lost civilization were hidden in the Amazon jungle. His disappearance in 1925 remains a mystery. more

Apr 20, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

“Hidden Figures” tells the thrilling story of three black female scientists at NASA. Without them, the United States wouldn’t have landed on the moon. more

Jan 5, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

It’s rare to see a woman onscreen embracing the contradictions of the U.S. political system. Jessica Chastain does a brilliant job playing a lobbyist up against the National Rifle Association in “Miss Sloane.” more

Dec 8, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard play spies in Casablanca in “Allied,” director Robert Zemeckis’ old-fashioned potboiler. more

Dec 1, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Peter Berg’s “Deepwater Horizon” is a gripping disaster film about the workers who are caught up in a horrific event. more

Sep 29, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

How does a tone deaf singer sell out Carnegie Hall? Meryl Streep plays the titular character in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” the story of a wealthy socialite who lived a life shielded from critics. more

Aug 11, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Matt Damon is still up to the physical demands, and he owns the screen. But global nastiness has overtaken the franchise, leaving “Jason Bourne” in the geopolitical dust. more

Aug 4, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Despite the online haters, the all-female reboot of “Ghostbusters” has a snappy script and terrific performances, including Kate McKinnon as a gleefully reckless physicist. more

Jul 21, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

“Spectre,” the newest Bond film, fails to deliver past its thrilling opening sequence. more

Nov 5, 2015 9:00 AM Movies