Barb Bretz

Film & Book Reviewer

Friday Film Reviewer & Monthly Book Reviewer

Is the hunger for far-out religions, fake news and fantasy embedded in our national DNA? Author Kurt Anderson lays out a case for that possibility in his book FANTASYLAND: HOW AMERICA WENT HAYWIRE...A 500 Year History. Here’s Barb Bretz with this month’s book review.

You will fall in love with awkward and totally endearing Kayla Day…. as she navigates the last week of her eighth grade year. Here' s Barb Bretz with your Friday Film Review.

27 year old writer/director Bo Burnham did stand-up comedy for 10 years before debuting at Sundance 2018 with his first film EIGHTH GRADE. At age 16, Burnham videotaped himself performing two comedic songs and posted them on Youtube to share with family. They got reposted to a site called Break.com and became an overnight sensation.

Novelist Celeste NG  is a New York Times Best-selling author two times over with her second novel LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE.  Barb Bretz has this month's Book Review.

I've decided to give you a “Two For One” this month and recommend both of Celeste NG's first two novels. I only discovered NG last year..... although her first novel... EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU.... was the Amazon book of the year in 2014. As soon as I read it I looked for anything else by the author.

THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS is a documentary about triplets separated at birth. It’s dramatic and delightful, until it becomes dark and disturbing... Barb Bretz has this week's Friday Film Review.

Leslie Thatcher and I interviewed director Tim Wardle on KPCW’s Sundance Reel. I’d screened the doc several days prior in a packed house of 500. We were unprepared for the depth of the story, which by the end, had us in tears…the sniffing...sobbing kind.

Ola-ola / KPCW

"Foxtrot" was the Israeli entry for Best Foreign Film at the 90th Academy Awards. Here's Barb Bretz with your Friday Film Review:

Ola-ola / KPCW

Black Panther, the superhero blockbuster about the Marvel Comics character of the same name, continues to create box office magic.  Here's Barb Bretz with your Friday Film Review:

Ola-ola / KPCW

The Greatest Showman is a musical drama about the life and achievements of legendary P.T. Barnum -- and a feast for the senses. Here's Barb Bretz with this week's Friday Film Review. 

Ola-ola / KPCW

Packed with symbolism and social issues, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is creating Oscar buzz in several categories, including Best Film of the Year. Here's Barb Bretz with this week's Friday Film Review.

Film Roundtable - September 23, 2017

Sep 23, 2017
Film Roundtable
KPCW

Get the lowdown on what summer movies were disappointing and which ones should be put in you video que this fall. Panelists Mark Harrington, Barb Bretz and Linda Jager join host Rick Brough to confess films they haven't seen yet and look forward to films of the fall and winter (including Subdance!)

Jane Perkins, co-founder of Park City's own High West Distillery, has combined her knowledge of whiskey and her love of the history of the old west as the basis of her first book, Golden Elixir of the West: Whiskey and the Shaping of America. Here's Barb Bretz with this month's book review.

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