Friday Film Review

KPCW sends its most discerning moviegoers to the movies each week to let you know which films are worth going to, and which are a pass.

The Friday Film Review airs every Friday during Morning News at 7:45 AM, after the Noon News at 12:30PM and during The Local View.

KPCW Friday Film Reviewers are:

The Friday Film Review is sponsored by Park City Film.

Released only two weeks after its Sundance Film Festival premiere, “Downhill” refers not only to a ski vacation but also to what's going on with a marriage before our eyes.  Barb Bretz has this week’s Friday Film review.

Directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash were at Sundance in 2013 with a warm and witty film called, “The Way Way Back.” This year, along with co-writer Jesse Armstrong, they brought us “Downhill.”

This week’s Friday Film Review is from Libby Wadman.    She says that director Guy Ritchie, known for his off-beat convoluted crime movies, is back in top form.  

For all of you who love a complicated story told with humor and creativity, make a plan to get to the theaters to watch Guy Ritchie’s latest film, “The Gentlemen.”

The excitement of Sundance is over.   So what’s left at your local Bijou?    Rick Brough looks at one sad case for this week’s Friday Film Review.

The season around January and February is generally a dismal time for new movie releases.

A film called “The Rhythm Section” has made its mark—not in a good way, though.

The film has reportedly set an all-time record for the lowest opening weekend in over 3000 theaters.   The $50 million-dollar movie racked up just $2.8 million.

So what have we got here?

Friday Film Review--"Uncut Gems"

Jan 17, 2020

Comedian Adam Sandler takes a dark, dramatic turn in the new crime thriller “Uncut Gems.”    Linda Jager is here with this week’s Friday Film Review.

Adam Sandler is almost unrecognizable in the new crime thriller "Uncut Gems". Dressed in flashy designer shirts and an outfitted with an impressive set of false teeth, Sandler plays Howard Ratner – a jewelry dealer, philanderer, avid basketball fan and compulsive gambler.

Is the transition of  "CATS" the Broadway stage play to the silver screen really a "cat-tastrophe?”  Here's Barb Bretz with this week’s  Friday Film Review.

My goal in reviewing a film is to entice you to see it so I try to pick something I enjoyed. "CATS" the Broadway musical, was fun, the trailer intrigued me and I looked forward to the film. However, after the December 20th release, critic attacks were immediate and intense. Evidently Universal has even pulled it from Oscar consideration.

Friday Film Review--"Little Women"

Jan 3, 2020

Mark Harrington has this week’s Friday Film Review.    His message is that yet another film version of a beloved literary classic—in this case, “Little Women”—can still resonate with a new audience

Friday Film Review-"Bombshell"

Dec 27, 2019


The story behind the decades of sexual harassment at Fox News debuts in theaters with the new movie "Bombshell."    Linda Jager shares her thoughts for the Friday Film Review.

The success and scandal of Fox News isn’t a new story, but given time and space from the 2016 sexual harassment incidents that plagued the network, the topic is now fodder for several books, a television series, and now the big screen.

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is out in theaters.    And Rick Brough tries to make sense of it for the Friday Film Review.

Let’s face it, the people behind “The Rise of Skywalker” have some nearly impossible challenges.

How do you wrap up a story after nine movies?  Or—find the balance in a universe that gave us both Yoda and Jar Jar Binks?   Or-- bid a respectful farewell to a beloved character, when the actress playing her died three years ago?   

Worst of all, how do you repair the plotholes left by “The Last Jedi” and its creator, Rian Johnson?

Tom Hanks plays Mister Rogers in "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.".  It was a powerful feeling for him to shoot at the original WQED studio in Pittsburgh. Hanks said, “When you put on that red sweater and blue shoes you might as well be putting on Batman's cape and cowl.” Barbara Bretz has the Friday Film Review.

Libby Wadman, with the Friday Film Review, reports on a new movie that she says is “murderously good fun.”

Director and screenwriter Rian Johnson, known for "Brick" and his writing for the TV show "Breaking Bad", has returned with a fun mystery, "Knives Out"

Friday Film Review--"Harriet"

Nov 24, 2019

Wendy Gourley has this week’s Friday Film Review, and says that “Harriet” is a beautiful and remarkable film biography.

From the first captivating frames of brewing skies and rolling mist, we see this will be a stormy story of things hidden and revealed. And what is revealed at the heart of this story is a woman’s fierce determination to be free or die. Harriet tells the story of Harriet Tubman, a slave woman who walked 100 miles to her own freedom, and then went back for others, becoming one of the most successful conductors on the Underground Railroad.

Libby Wadman, with this week’s Friday Film Review, looked at the new movie, “Midway.”   She says that it’s still possible to do a World War II epic right.

Fans of “Independence Day” will be happy to know that director Roland Emmerich is back with a new look at the battle of Midway in the film “Midway”.  This rendition, written by Wes Tooke, a Navy veteran, has nothing to do with the 1976 film of the same name, or any others, except that it depicts the battle of Midway early on in World War II.

A new film, “Jojo Rabbit”, hasn’t attracted much attention.  But it should.   Rick Brough has the lowdown, with this week’s Friday Film Review.

The story here you could almost expect to see in an Afterschool Special.

In the waning days of World War II, with Germany on the brink of defeat, scrawny, hapless 10-year-old Jojo Betzler strives to be a perfect little specimen of the Hitler Youth.    But when he finds that his mother has hidden a Jewish teenager in their attic, Jojo finds his whole worldview is challenged, and ultimately transformed.

Another 70’s rock-icon biography has made its way to the big screen.  This time, Linda Ronstadt is the subject in a new documentary, “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice”   Linda Jager has the Friday Film Review.

Widely known as one of the greatest living vocalists, Linda Ronstadt is the subject of a new documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, that takes viewers on a chronological tour of her career.

Angelina Jolie returns for another outing as the legendary Walt Disney character Maleficent. The new film raises the question, is she a clasic villainess or a misunderstood stepmom?

This week’s film is Maleficent-Mistress of Evil, starring Angelina Jolie, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Elle Fanning.