Brendan Fraser in brilliant comeback but “THE WHALE” was lost on us | FILM REVIEW

A reclusive English teacher tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter
Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink and Ty Simpkins
Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky is a divisive filmmaker, his latest film, “The Whale,” will be a divisive film. Brendan Fraser stars as Charlie, an obese man (weighing close to 600 pounds) who is eating his way to an early grave. Charlie is a teacher who keeps his camera off for his online class, as he doesn’t want his students to see his girth. He lives alone and is mourning the death of his true love. ... more >


Less is more?
Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Ty Simpkins
Directed by James Wan

There are two good things about the indie horror flick “Insidious,” directed by the original “Saw” helmer James Wan. One is the awesome retro-Bernard Herrmann-style score, all-nutso violins in the key of “Psycho.” The second is that it’s always good to see Darth Maul getting work again. The years after “Return of the Jedi” were so hard on Chewbacca. Other than that, there’s not so much to say ... more >