Flix At :48

Thursdays at 4:48 p.m.

Each week UPR’s Film Guru Casey T. Allen joins us for Flix at :48.

Tune in Thursday afternoons at 4:48 during All Things Considered for Casey’s reviews of the latest movie releases from Tinseltown.

A Star is Born is a remake of a well-known story that’s been told in 3 previous Hollywood films all with the same title. First in 1937 with Janet Gaynor, in 1954 with Judy Garland, and in 1976 with Barbra Streisand. This 2018 version has Bradley Cooper (American Sniper, 2014) playing an established rock star who meets a working-class waitress (played by Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel, 2015-2016) who has her own hopes of singing stardom. 

'Night School' Review

Oct 4, 2018

I don't understand who thought this movie was a good idea, and I don't understand why anyone involved with this movie thought it was funny. With comedy stars Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish leading this film, it had potential to be funny and charming. Kevin Hart (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, 2017) and Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip, 2017) are both very successful stand-up comedians, and deservedly so. 

'Life Itself' Review

Oct 4, 2018


This newly released version of Life Itself is an emotional and touching drama about 3 generations of 2 separate families, one in New York City and one in Spain, and how these disparate families cross paths and influence each other’s lives. Through milestones of death, birth, love, mental illness, and separation, the film incessantly reminds us that each person is precious, and the directions of people’s lives can take surprising turns.

'Peppermint' Review

Sep 20, 2018

When a happy wife and mother in current day Los Angeles sees her husband and 10-year-old daughter killed in a drive-by shooting, her life takes a nasty turn. It becomes an even greater tragedy when the justice system allows the murderers in the drive-by shooting to go free. Five years later this broken, fragile, widowed woman resurfaces in L.A. with a lot of weapons, a new attitude, and a new haircut to exact her revenge on the criminals who took her family.

'A Simple Favor' Review

Sep 20, 2018

A Simple Favor is a stylish mystery film based on the novel of the same name by Darcey Bell that was published only last year. When overzealous, nerdy single mother Stephanie (Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect) befriends another mother Emily (Blake Lively, The Shallows) in her suburban Connecticut neighborhood, Stephanie is quickly enamored with her new friend’s life of crisp business suits, an expensive mansion, and delicious cocktails. But when Emily goes missing, an awkward friendship of afternoon chats transforms in police interviews, dark family secrets, and a dead body.


  Operation Finale is a historical thriller based on the true story centered on a group of government agents from Israel in 1960 who track down and apprehend Adolph Eichmann, a leading Nazi official who organized the Holocaust and then fled to Argentina under a different identity after WWII. 

'Puzzle' Review

Aug 31, 2018

When an ordinary, underappreciated housewife in working-class Connecticut receives a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift, she realizes she has a talent for completing them. While a thousand piece puzzle might take you or me days to complete, this woman can finish one in only a couple of hours. After discovering this strange unexpected gift, the shy housewife slowly ventures outside her sheltered domestic world, partners with a fellow puzzle enthusiast, and starts practicing for a national jigsaw puzzle competition.

'Alpha' Review

Aug 23, 2018

Alpha is a PG-13 adventure film taking place 20,000 years ago roughly during the Paleolithic or Mesolithic era. During this last Ice Age, a young man becomes separated from his tribe on a dangerous buffalo hunt and struggles to find his way home through the prehistoric wilderness. Through hunting, healing his wounds, learning to build a fire, and befriending an injured wolf, this young man’s survival might be just within his reach.

'The Meg' Review

Aug 16, 2018

After watching this movie, I felt like I needed to rush to the Logan Public Library and start reading an Oliver Sacks book in an effort to replenish the brain cells I lost from watching this movie. 

This volcanic eruption of action, intensity, and hyper-masculinity is the sixth Mission Impossible film with Tom Cruise, the previous one being Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation from 2015. I don’t think I need to explain anything about the plot here since it’s basically the same contents of a Mission Impossible movie but mixed up in a different arrangement. There’s a team of good guys, spies with mysterious identities, government offices, and a bunch of plutonium ready to blow up the earth.

I thought this movie was going to be Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again…Off a Cliff. But to my relief, this sequel to the 2008 movie musical is not a complete train wreck. 

When a young black man gets a job as a telemarketer in current-day Oakland, he soon realizes he can make more people listen to him and make more sales when he uses his artificial “white” voice. Once our protagonist cracks this code, he becomes much more successful and moves up the ladder from tiny cubicles and tinier paychecks to secret passcodes and an exclusive elevator to the higher floor. 

  Ant Man and the Wasp is a PG-13 sequel to the original, or initial, film Ant Man from 2015. This sequel is directed by Peyton Reed who also directed the initial 2015 film. We’re treated to another superhero movie that’s part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which is continually expanding with more stories and more movies.