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

Reel Dad: Oscar’s lessons for 2019

An Oscar season defined by scandal, second thoughts and surprise has finally come to an end. With a couple of amazing Academy surprises. And, at the awards ceremony Sunday evening, the controversies of the year seemed less important than the opportunity to honor the deserving winners. Before we close the books on the Academy Awards for 2018, let’s take a … read more

Reel Dad: Beautiful Boy – Touching yet disconnected

As parents, we try to do our best. Throughout the childhoods we foster, we imagine what could hurt, support what can challenge, and comfort what may disappoint. But we’re not miracle workers, we can’t simply wish for our children’s lives to simplify. Sometimes, all we can do is hope. The haunting Beautiful Boy captures the complexities a family can face … read more

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