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 the Park City Film Series.

Friday Film Review - "Mission: Impossible-Fallout"

Aug 3, 2018

The new “Mission Impossible” film may be a box-office hit. But Tom Cruise doesn’t charm everybody in the world.

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 and became an overnight sensation.

Friday Film Review - "Hearts Beat Loud"

Jul 13, 2018

Hearts Beat Loud, which debuted at Sundance 2018, is a film about a father and daughter moving on, together - and set to a great soundtrack. Linda Jager is here with her Friday Film Review.

“When life hands you conundrums, you turn them into art.”

That’s my favorite line from Nick Offerman’s character Frank Fisher in the new indie comedy/drama Hearts Beat Loud.

Friday Film Review - "American Animals"

Jul 6, 2018

A new movie about a brilliant crime that went wrong, makes for a film that gets so many things right. Libby Wadman offers that verdict, for this week’s Friday Film Review.

Director/Screenwriter Bart Layton, who specializes in true life stories, such as 2012’s Imposter, is back with American Animals. A story that certainly proves life is stranger than fiction.

Friday Film Review - "Incredibles 2"

Jun 29, 2018

This week’s film is the animated superhero feature Incredibles 2, once again starring the voices of Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson. The Incredibles aren’t just any run of the mill superheroes, they’re family. The super couple, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, don’t just chase around villains, they have to deal with raising three super-kids and all the stress, pitfalls and rewards of parenting. This is Disney’s superhero equivalent of The MunstersI or The Adams Family.

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The horror film "Hereditary" played last January at the Sundance Festival. Now in general release, it's showing that it can raise chills from an audience even in the summer. Rick Brough has this week's Friday Flm Review.

It’s always great to discover a classic at the Sundance Film Festival.  

It happened this year with a showing of “Hereditary." Afterward in the Q and A, the writer-director Ari Aster  appeared awkward and tongue-tied.

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.

Friday Film Review - "Won't You Be My Neighbor"

Jun 8, 2018
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The documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor" played at this year's Sundance Festival.

Linda Jager says the movie is a nostalgia trip, and an intimate look at TV icon Fred Rogers-- and it also has some life lessons for today's social and political climate.

Friday Film Review - "Solo: A Star Wars Story"

Jun 1, 2018
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This week, The Friday Film Review is from Libby Wadman, who says that "Solo: A Star Wars Story" may not launch you out of this galaxy.

Friday Film Review - "Deadpool 2"

May 25, 2018

Mark Harrington has this week's Friday Film review. He says, sequals aren't always bad.