Under the Skin

Release: Friday, April 4, 2014 (limited) [Theater] I don’t really know what it’s going to take to prevent me from seeing a Scarlett Johansson movie. It would have to take an unbelievably bad story or her sudden interest in starring alongside someone like Pauly Shore where I’d just toss my hands in the air and say, “YouContinue reading “Under the Skin”

Brick Mansions

Release: Friday, April 25, 2014 [Theater] While the last film to feature a performance from Paul Walker is as dumb as a brick, there is something haunting, almost immortalizing left behind in the rubble of this, his final role. Maybe it’s more haunting because the last major role of his is stuck in a picture asContinue reading “Brick Mansions”

30-for-30: Bad Boys

Release: Thursday, April 17, 2014 [ESPN] Love ’em, hate ’em, you don’t even know ’em. And for most people who grew up following pro basketball in the 1980s, you didn’t give a damn about ’em, or their back-to-back championship titles in 1989 and 1990. The circle of those who actually did care barely encompassed the cityContinue reading “30-for-30: Bad Boys”

Oculus

Release: Friday, April 11, 2014 [Theater] So there I am, in the middle of a crowded movie theater, sweaty with anticipation and feeling particularly crotchety with my ever-increasing skepticism towards what was about to be put before my eyes. Able to stuff those concerns down in the cup-holder, I instead choose to embrace this new opportunity to feel my thoughtsContinue reading “Oculus”

TBT: The Basketball Diaries (1995)

The fourth and final installment in the NBApril segment of Throwback Thursday is already here. Well, goodbye April. Sorry you couldn’t stick around for longer. . . . . . . . . . . And also, apologies that this month could not have ended on a better note. I guess this is just goingContinue reading “TBT: The Basketball Diaries (1995)”

The Lunchbox

Release: Friday, February 28, 2014 (limited) [Theater] You know you have an indie film on your hands when you’re sitting there, reading a plot synopsis about the misplacement of a lunchbox. Indeed, this oft-underappreciated everyday object becomes the focus of attention in a truly unique and grounded-in-reality drama involving two lost souls seeking companionship in a chaotic andContinue reading “The Lunchbox”

Transcendence

Release: Friday, April 18, 2014 [Theater] Lol, uh. . .wut? Well, this WAS supposed to be the ‘don’t-give-up-yet-on-Johnny-Depp’ movie, one that would give the colorful thespian room to breathe without his usual cloak of weirdness. . .no Captain Jack Sparrow accent, no scissor hands and no crazy Tonto face paint this time. In a cruel twist of fate,Continue reading “Transcendence”

TBT: He Got Game (1998)

Yesterday marked the end of the regular 2013-’14 NBA season. I do realize that to a great many people this day passes with the significance of a fart, but to some, April 16 marks the official arrival of a much-anticipated point in the year, the moment when professional basketball becomes VERY interesting to watch (and someContinue reading “TBT: He Got Game (1998)”

Ernest & Celestine

Release: Friday, February 28, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Ernest & Celestine may only be an hour and twenty minutes long, but within such a short time span a world is created that no viewer can possibly walk away from willingly. No, they’ll have to call upon the indie/arthouse theater bouncers to physically remove me from this theater seat! (And.Continue reading “Ernest & Celestine”

Draft Day

Release: Friday, April 11, 2014 [Theater] “A sports metaphor.” There, I did it. I’ve gotten that out of my system, and now no one can call me out for not including at least one in a review for a football-related movie. Now, to get down to the x’s and o’s. Kevin Costner is as amiable as everContinue reading “Draft Day”