Review: ‘Black Widow,’ Dysfunctional Family Member Extraordinaire

More than ten years ago, Scarlett Johansson appeared as Natalie Rushman in Iron Man 2. Hired as a personal assistant to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), she is eventually revealed as Natasha Romanoff, an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Johansson returned to embody the character in seven more Marvel films, always fully capable of fighting her way out  of any perilous situation, but always in a supporting … Continue reading Review: ‘Black Widow,’ Dysfunctional Family Member Extraordinaire

Review: ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Your Personal Hitler Is Calling

Taika Waititi presents a child’s eye view of wartime atrocities in the ambitious comedy / drama. Do you remember being 10 years old and falling in love for the first time? Or, if you’ve just made a blockbuster superhero movie, what is the logical next step in your career? Filmmaker Taika Waititi goes back to what he knows, namely, wry comedies sprinkled with dramatic turning … Continue reading Review: ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Your Personal Hitler Is Calling