John Wick

Release: Friday, October 24, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Derek Kolstad Directed by: Chad Stehelski; David Leitch John Wick is yet another Keanu Reeves vehicle that operates much like an actual one would sans the steering wheel: basic things like moving straight ahead are possible but trying something fancy like taking a left-hand turn renders the driving clumsy and crashing into your mailbox … Continue reading John Wick

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Release: Friday, October 10, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Rob Lieber Directed by: Miguel Arteta As the ruthless Carmine Falcone once told Cillian Murphy's Dr. Crane in a particularly insightful moment during Batman Begins, "some days, some days just go bad." Indeed it does for one Alexander Cooper and his extraordinarily ordinary family. The day before his twelfth birthday, he experiences a … Continue reading Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Fury

Release: Friday, October 17, 2014 [Theater] Written by: David Ayer Directed by: David Ayer There's no such thing as a politically-neutral war film. That's why David Ayer (End of Watch; Sabotage) should be praised for focusing not on the ideals and goals of war but rather its consequences. In his film there is a whole lot of loss and not a … Continue reading Fury

30-for-30: The Legend of Jimmy the Greek

Release: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 [Netflix] Directed by: Fritz Mitchell I'm wondering who in this room would recognize the name Dimetrios Georgios Synodinos. I'd be willing to bet many more might if I then revealed this was merely the less-glamorous birth name given to the one and only Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder. And if you're still finding yourself asking, "Who?" -- … Continue reading 30-for-30: The Legend of Jimmy the Greek

The Judge

Release: Friday, October 10, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Nick Schenk; Bill Dubuque  Directed by: David Dobkin The honorable David Dobkin, who's responsible for giving the world Wedding Crashers, presides over his very first drama and makes a relatively strong case for his continued exploration outside his comfort zone. Despite narrative clutter and a doggedly long runtime (almost two and a half hours), … Continue reading The Judge