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.

Sundance Film Festival

The film CODA, written and directed by Sian Heder, who previously appeared at Sundance with the film Tallulah walked away as the big winner of Sundance 2021. Here’s Mark Harrington with his take...

Sundance 2021 - 'Summer of Soul'

Jan 29, 2021
Sundance Film Festival

Well known for his gig as musical director for the Tonight Show and drummer for its in-house band, Roots, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson made his directing debut on the opening night of Sundance 2021 with the documentary Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution could not be Televised).

According to a black journalist who’d worked for the New York Times, 1969 was the pivotal year when the word ‘Negro’ changed to ‘Black’. Along with that change came revolutions in civil rights, culture, clothing, hair fashion and music.

Friday Film Review-"Soul"

Jan 22, 2021

After a crazy, unstable year, there’s still Pixar.    Libby Wadman, with this week’s Friday Film Review, talks about the latest from the famed animation studio.

In true Pixar style, “Soul”, the latest film from this animation powerhouse, is a wonderful way to escape the trials and tribulations of the real world and do a bit of self-reflection at the same time.

Friday Film Review--"The King Of Staten Island"

Jan 15, 2021

SNL regular Pete Davidson's first leading role is in a film that's close to his Staten Island roots and his life story. Linda Jager shares more in her review of "The King of Staten Island".

Pete Davidson is a complicated character, both onscreen and in real life. The 27-year old comedian/actor is known best as one of "Saturday Night Live"’s youngest cast members – he landed a spot on the show at age 20 and has been known to push the boundaries of comedy on the show and in his popular stand-up comedy specials.

A new streaming movie about Old Hollywood results in a classic disappointment.

Herman J. Mankiewicz, known as ‘Mank”, was a screenwriter whose career spanned nearly three decades of the Golden Age of Hollywood.    He wrote or contributed to over 90 movies.

He won the only Oscar ever given to “Citizen Kane”, when he shared an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay with Orson Welles.     Film critic Pauline Kael argued in 1971 that he deserved the entire credit, sparking a controversy that rages to this day.

Friday Film Review--"A Promising Young Woman"

Jan 3, 2021


Carey Mulligan stars as Cassandra in "A Promising Young Woman". She's incredibly beautiful and wicked smart, but the life she lives by day is not at all like the life she lives at night. Here's Barb Bretz with your holiday film review.


"A Promising Young Woman" is the writing/directing debut for Emerald Fennell. Her involvement in the second season of the BBC-America thriller series "Killing Eve" earned her 2 Prime-Time Emmy Award nominations.


Film Review--"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"

Dec 23, 2020

For his final review, to cap off 2020, Mark Harrington talks about a film that could be one of the best of the year.

Libby Wadman, with this week’s Friday Film Review, praises the new film from Ron Howard, “Hillbilly Elegy”, saying it’s beautifully made and even hopeful—but it’s not a feel-good movie.

Well despite the months of Covid interrupting our lives, the good news is there are still films out there worth a watch. Fortunately, director Ron Howard has provided one of them in the form of “Hillbilly Elegy”.

Friday Film Review--"The Happiest Season"

Dec 11, 2020

The holidays are here, and so is a long list of seasonal films to stream at home.  Linda Jager, who has this week’s Friday Film Review, says that among the offerings, “The Happiest Season” stays true to the holiday romantic-comedy genre, but with a twist.

In the middle of a crazy year, can the world be saved by two aging slackers from San Dimas?

Rick Brough tries to find an answer.     He’s looking at “Bill and Ted Face the Music” for this week’s Friday Film Review.

Right off the bat, you know there’s a challenge with the premise here—that Bill S. Preston Esquire and Theodore Ted Logan are now middle-aged dads, but they’re still goofy after all these years.

Is that funny—or kind of pathetic?    I mean, could you listen to Beavis and Butthead talk about their prostate issues?

"Uncle Frank" premiered at Sundance 2020. This top notch cast tells a unique and emotional story you won't want to miss. Here's Barb Bretz with your Holiday Film Review.

Alan Ball, writer/director of "Uncle Frank," has received well-deserved acclaim for the Academy award winning American Beauty screenplay and TV series Six Feet Under and True Blood. Sundance audiences received this newest project with laughter, tears and standing ovation applause.

This week’s film is"Dreamland" which is available on various streaming services including Amazon Prime, and in select theaters.  "Dreamland" stars Margo Robbie as Allison Wells, a bank robber in the dust bowl of Texas during the depression.  After a bank heist goes all wrong and five people including a little girl are killed, Allison is forced into hiding and a $10,000 bounty is offered for her capture.  The bounty is a potential life line for the area’s impoverished farmers fighting to survive in dying small towns after their fields have run dry and barren from successive beatings by dust

Friday Film Review--"Fisherman's Friends"

Nov 13, 2020

Libby Wadman has this week’s Friday Film Review, and she’s suggesting a feel-good movie for these strange and challenging times.

If the Covid restrictions and recent elections have left you worn out, stressed out and yearning to run away to a far-off land, take heart, Netflix is now streaming the film "Fisherman’s Friends". While it probably won’t cure these issues, it will at least, give you a momentary respite.

A new film is about injustice, imperialism, and Johnny Depp as a stone-cold SOB.    Rick Brough has this week’s Friday Film Review.

We are heading for a dark, unknown winter.    And I’m just talking about movie theaters.

It doesn’t look like audiences will be flocking back to the big screen, despite the attempt this fall with some attractions like “Tenet” and the “Bill and Ted” sequel.     James Bond and Wonder Woman have been postponed to next year.

Friday Film Review: David Byrne's 'American Utopia'

Oct 30, 2020

Talking Heads front man David Bryne returned to the stage last fall for a sold-out Broadway run of his musical "American Utopia." If you missed it, the small screen adaptation, directed by Spike Lee, debuted on HBO this month. Linda Jager reviews "American Utopia" for this week’s Friday Film Review.