Reel Dad: Get Out delivers thrills

(Arts and Leisure welcomes back Jonathan Schumann this week. The son of Reel Dad Mark Schumann, Jonathan started writing about film for Arts and Leisure in 1999 as part of the original “Take Two” duo with his dad. Jonathan now works in market research in New York City. And he still loves movies.) by Jonathan Schumann The new thriller Get … read more

Reel Dad: Watch the Oscar-winners at home

While the surprises of Oscar night may soon be forgotten, the winners can live on in our movie memories. And, before you forget which films and stars won, take a fresh look at the honorees now available On Demand and streaming online. You don’t even need to leave home! Take a look at what’s available today. Moonlight How can a … read more

The Reel Dad salutes Oscar memories

Now we have seen everything at the Oscars. After an evening filled with memorable moments – including the enthusiastic ovation for Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali, the dynamic acceptance speech of Supporting Actress Viola Davis, and the humility of Best Actor Casey Affleck – what happened in the last minutes of the show will be talked about for years. Never … read more

The Reel Dad picks his Oscar winners

Casey Affleck is the Reel Dad’s choice for Best Actor, but Manchester by the Sea will be eclipsed by La La Land, he predicts.

What a year at the movies! La La Land inspires us to sing and dance while Moonlight offers a fresh sense of purpose and Manchester by the Sea expresses what family can mean. And those are only three of the top nominees. Who will win on Oscar night, Feb. 26? Here are my favorites. Best Picture: La La Land Every … read more

Reel Dad: La La Land (and the movies it celebrates)

by Mark Schumann Father of Three When La La Land goes to the Oscars on Feb. 26, it arrives as the frontrunner for major awards as well as a connector to Hollywood’s past. As current as the film feels with its visual approach, director Damien Chazelle also pays tribute to celebrated musicals of years gone by. Here’s a look at … read more

Reel Dad: Time for 'The Schumies'

Yes, there are Oscars and Golden Globes, SAG “Actor” and critics’ honors. But there’s only one “Schumie” for the movies of 2016. As other awards continue to roll in, the Reel Dad honors the year’s films. Food for the Soul: La La Land Just as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers helped a nation survive the Great Depression in the 1930s, … read more

Reel Dad: Thank you, Mary Tyler Moore

Yes, she could turn the world on with her smile. And, for more than 50 years, Mary Tyler Moore also made audiences think and chuckle in her many incarnations on the small screen. But there was more to Mary Tyler Moore than her roles on television that redefined the medium, the potential for women and the humanity of situation comedy. … read more

The Reel Dad: Hidden Figures delivers essential history lesson

Sometimes looking in the rear view mirror can help us see what to keep in mind as we try to move forward. The new film Hidden Figures takes us back to 1961, a time when social norms define roles and history dictates potential. At work, men wear white shirts with narrow ties as they rely on female subordinates to serve … read more

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