Cheap Thrills

Release: Friday, March 21, 2014 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: David Chirchirillo; Trent Haaga  Directed by: E.L. Katz There are some things money can't buy. As Cheap Thrills goes to show, confidence, self-respect, and social acceptance apparently aren't among those things. Here is a movie that invites the viewer to bare witness to something of a moral dilemma: watching a man … Continue reading Cheap Thrills

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

Release: Friday, November 21, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Peter Craig; Danny Strong Directed by: Francis Lawrence Katniss ought to have directed that last arrow at Hollywood's greedy, deep-pocketed execs. While I will always be a proponent of staying just a little bit longer inside the Hunger Games, it's hard to ignore the gratuitousness of the decision to split yet another YA … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

Whiplash

Release: Friday, October 10, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Damien Chazelle  Directed by: Damien Chazelle I know that Terence Fletcher wouldn't give a rat's you-know-what about any kind of critique of his performance or his teaching methods. So we'll keep this between us, okay? I don't want a chair thrown at me, thank you very much. In this surprisingly … Continue reading Whiplash

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Release: Friday, October 17, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu; Nicolás Giacobone; Alexander Dinelaris Jr.; Armando Bo Directed by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu  Michael Keaton as Birdman as Batman, is awesome. Behind him, a coterie of memorable characters, some fictitious and others parodies of the performers playing them. There's Ed Norton in his underwear, Emma Stone in a drug … Continue reading Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Interstellar

Release: Friday, November 7, 2014 [RPX Theater] Written by: Jonathan Nolan; Christopher Nolan  Directed by: Christopher Nolan Interstellar is a fascinating adventure, even if its credibility is trumped by spectacle. And somewhere throughout this epic excursion to the far reaches of our universe I half expected Matthew McConaughey to make the pithy observation that Dorothy is not in Kansas … Continue reading Interstellar