Reel Dad: ‘Long Shot’ is a comedy with confidence and charm

(The Reel Dad welcomes back Garrett Schumann, otherwise known as one of the reel sons, who contributed to this column for several years. Garrett holds a doctorate of music composition from the University of Michigan.) I saw “Long Shot” over the weekend with my wife’s family, in celebration of her birthday. The first movie I ever saw with all of … read more

Reel Dad: ‘Her Smell’ gets lost in its own world

This week, Jonathan Schumann rejoins his father, Mark, to recreate the father-and-son reviews that appeared in print for many years, starting in 1999. From Jonathan: Elisabeth Moss gives a committed performance as Becky Something, a grunge rocker in a downward spiral, in Alex Ross Perry’s “Her Smell.” What that performance is in service of isn’t exactly clear. The film is … read more

Reel Dad: ‘The Mustang’ delivers meaningful message

Early spring is an odd season for the movies. As soon as the Academy Awards are presented, some studios slow down their releases while others showcase films originally intended for awards consideration, while audiences wait for the blockbuster summer season. That makes this time of year an ideal time to discover small, independent films that might otherwise get lost in … read more

Reel Dad: ‘Apollo 11’ offers thrilling documentary experience

Something about film documentary can be magical. Because truth can be richer than fiction, watching actual footage and hearing authentic voices of a well-remembered event can make the familiar feel fresh. We don’t see any surprises in the new film celebrating the achievement of “Apollo 11.” We know the rocket took off, the crew completed its mission, Neil Armstrong became … read more

Reel Dad: Discover the overlooked ‘Our Souls at Night’

Some movies don’t deserve to disappear. When “Our Souls at Night” premiered at the Venice Film Festival, the attention focused on the reunion of Jane Fonda and Robert Redford in their first film together since “The Electric Horseman” in 1978. But the movie never received much of a theatrical release before it disappeared and quickly moved online to Netflix, where … read more

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