From the Vault Review: ‘The Godfather Part III’ (1990)

By Anthony Miglieri The Godfather Part III is the worst movie of all time. Or so its reputation might have you believe. “Sofia Coppola is terrible,” many say. “It’s just boring,” others opine. And still, there are some like myself who have avoided Part III like a medical checkup: I knew that I should brave it, but did I really need to? However, it is not difficult … Continue reading From the Vault Review: ‘The Godfather Part III’ (1990)

Review: ‘Lady Bird’

By Anthony Miglieri Lady Bird is just a wonderful little thing of a film. Just like its setting of Sacramento, its scope is not huge. Unlike how main character Lady Bird (formerly known as Christine) feels about her California hometown, though, this film is all the better for its smallness. Writer and first-time solo director Greta Gerwig allegedly based Lady Bird on her own young … Continue reading Review: ‘Lady Bird’

News: Heartland Film Critics Panel

By Anthony Miglieri In addition to attending a special screening of the 2014 Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself (reviewed here) and conducting a Q&A afterwards, the late Ebert’s wife, Chaz Ebert, also moderated a discussion on film criticism at the Heartland Film Festival 2017. On the panel, Mrs. Ebert; who herself is the CEO of, Ebert Digital LLC, and Ebert Productions, among several other positions; was … Continue reading News: Heartland Film Critics Panel

Review: ‘Life Itself’

By Anthony Miglieri When I was a kid, I read Roger Ebert’s reviews simply because my family happened to get the Chicago Sun-Times paper. Sure, I had had my favorite movies at different points in my life—Thomas and the Magic Railroad (a 1-star film according to Ebert), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Rocky, to name a few early stages—but I had never known analysis and reverence … Continue reading Review: ‘Life Itself’

Review: ‘Isle of Dogs’ Trailer

By Anthony Miglieri The first substantial peek at Wes Anderson’s latest film since The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) has finally surfaced, and it is about as surprising as it is dreadful. In other words, the new trailer for Isle of Dogs is not very surprising yet pretty delightful. It is not surprising in that it is obviously a Wes Anderson film, what with its dry comedy, … Continue reading Review: ‘Isle of Dogs’ Trailer

Review: ‘The Fate of the Furious’

By Anthony Miglieri When I first encountered the Fast and Furious films, I was but 11 years old and there were but three installments in the franchise. For a period, the original The Fast and the Furious (2001) and 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) were two of the most frequently watched flicks for that Need for Speed-playing, Hot Wheels car-collecting youngster. About nine years and five films … Continue reading Review: ‘The Fate of the Furious’

List: Ranking the ‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise

x By Anthony Miglieri I’ll skip the usual dillydally: the Fast and Furious franchise is a miracle of modern science. It began with a what is widely considered a Point Break knockoff, discarded star Vin Diesel for the sequel, discarded everybody else and moved to Tokyo for the third film, reunited its original cast in the fourth film, went nuts and went globe trotting in the fifth … Continue reading List: Ranking the ‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise

From the Vault Review: ‘Odd Man Out’

By Anthony Miglieri If director Carol Reed has any claim to fame with the average filmgoer, it is undoubtedly The Third Man (1949). However, even with that film, which is considered by many to be a masterpiece of film noir, much of the notoriety goes to Orson Welles, who played a pivotal role as character Harry Lime and as a co-writer. Admittedly, I am not much … Continue reading From the Vault Review: ‘Odd Man Out’

List: The Reel Deal Staff Pick Their Favorite Movies of 2016

With 2016 out of the way, we here at the Reel Deal thought it would be the perfect time to round up the movie team and to find out what their favorite films of 2016 were. Without further adieu, here are our staff’s picks for their favorite 2016 films: Troi Watts: Zootopia My favorite movie from 2016 is Zootopia. I fell in love with this Disney … Continue reading List: The Reel Deal Staff Pick Their Favorite Movies of 2016