The Wolf of Wall Street

Release: Christmas Day 2013 [Theater] Hand over the ‘ludes, dude, and no one gets hurt! One of this generation’s most gifted actors teams up once again with the legendary Marty Scorsese with the hopes of stirring up yet another potent cocktail — this time, a film set in the 1980s in the immediate wake of theContinue reading “The Wolf of Wall Street”

TBT: The Santa Clause (1994)

Jolly ol’ Saint Nick crashed into my roof late the other night. When he squeezed his wide self down the chimney and caused a mess with equal gracelessness minutes later, the two of us had a chat about his job and how under-appreciated it really is. After I got over my initial shock about theContinue reading “TBT: The Santa Clause (1994)”

American Hustle

Release: Friday, December 20, 2013 [Theater] Catch Me If You Can‘s little brother decides to show its face in 2013, sporting a cool name, a slick, sexy visage and the necessary wardrobe/make-up department to cover up all the acne pimples and skin blemishes its suffering from as it starts to stumble awkwardly into adolescence. To thatContinue reading “American Hustle”

TBT: Home Alone (1990); Home Alone 2 (1992)

Oh, ho ho what fun we have tonight on this, the last Thursday before Christmas itself! In trying to come up with a review for the ultra-classic Home Alone franchise, I knew I couldn’t really do one film and avoid the other (come on, just admit it. Home Alone 2 is more than a worthyContinue reading “TBT: Home Alone (1990); Home Alone 2 (1992)”

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Release: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 [RPX Theater] Baxter! Bark twice if you’re in this movie! “Woof-woof!” . . .and, oh how he is! Baxter and the entire Channel Four News team assemble for the much-anticipated follow-up to Adam McKay’s 2004 smash hit. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. . .is, to put it completely unbiased-like and everything,Continue reading “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”

Nebraska

Release: Friday, November 15, 2013 (limited) [Theater] “Back in my day, sonny, black-and-white films were all we had. You had no idea if it meant a film was going to be good or not. But you always knew that corn was going to be.” With Nebraska being the great Alexander Payne’s follow-up to The Descendants — aContinue reading “Nebraska”

TBT: Bad Santa (2003)

Growing up, one of the harshest realities we all had to come to grips with was the fact that jolly ol’ Saint Nick was in fact, not real. But oh boy, is he! He comes to life on the big screen in this knock-out raunch-fest in ways no good little Johnny or Jenny should everContinue reading “TBT: Bad Santa (2003)”

The Armstrong Lie

Release: Friday, November 8, 2013 (limited) [Theater] In one of the more infamous press conferences involving the disgraced cyclist, Lance boldly made the claim that one of the reporters who had just asked him a tough question “was not worthy of the seat he sat in.” The irony of that biting statement is not lost onContinue reading “The Armstrong Lie”

Out of the Furnace

Release: Friday, December 6, 2013 [Theater] Sneaking up on you quietly, toxically, like steam billowing from the chimneys that scratch and tear at a skyline of charcoal gray, this original screenplay from Scott Cooper is most likely not the product most people were expecting. It is a solemn look at the not-so-quiet life in the AppalachianContinue reading “Out of the Furnace”

TBT: Jingle All the Way (1996)

This particular usage of the former Mister Universe is so much fun I almost want to dedicate all TBT‘s this month to Arnie. Although I would simply love to analyze his endearing accent to death all month long, it is December after all and, let’s face it — I couldn’t really get away with notContinue reading “TBT: Jingle All the Way (1996)”