Wild

Release: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Nick Hornby  Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée  In Wild Reese Witherspoon is desperate to escape her home life. Does she succeed? I could spoil the movie right from the get-go and answer that question but I actually do have a heart, so I won’t. (Plus, I’m fairly sure anyone shouldContinue reading “Wild”

Foxcatcher

Release: Friday, November 14, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Written by: E. Max Frye; Dan Futterman  Directed by: Bennett Miller Enigmas like paranoid-schizophrenic John Eleuthère du Pont prove it was prudent for both Steve Carell and the Americanized The Office to bid adieu to one another. Of course, that transition was as much a matter of inevitability as the tragedy weContinue reading “Foxcatcher”

Just a Quick Thought

So. Sony has been hacked. And it’s been officially confirmed that Korea did it. Now a movie we all want to watch, nobody will be able to watch because it made some important people very mad. It looks like it might be time for another Quick Thought, then, eh? Cuz, what the eff is going onContinue reading “Just a Quick Thought”

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Release: Friday, December 12, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Adam Cooper; Bill Collage; Jeffrey Caine; Steven Zaillian  Directed by: Ridley Scott Often I feel that I am needlessly ambiguous with what I’m trying to say in past reviews, but here I have this concern I am going to be too overt. The great Ridley Scott — yes, the oneContinue reading “Exodus: Gods and Kings”

St. Vincent

Release: Friday, October 24, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Theodore Melfi Directed by: Theodore Melfi In St. Vincent Bill Murray is the sort-of-bad guy, and Melissa McCarthy is the sort-of-saint. The role-reversal almost seems self-congratulatory it’s so overt. But does that make this comedy a bad movie? That largely depends on how you define ‘a bad movie.’ That nine-letter phrase canContinue reading “St. Vincent”

The Franco Files #11

Welcome to December, and the 11th and final installment of the 2013 run of The Franco Files.Sniffles. It’s really real now you guys. Last post I may have prematurely started the countdown but now it’s. . .well it’s all over but the crying. Fortunately. . .I already have something in the works for the New Year. ForContinue reading “The Franco Files #11”

The Homesman

Release: Friday, November 14, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Tommy Lee Jones; Kieran Fitzgerald; Wesley A. Oliver Directed by: Tommy Lee Jones Tommy Lee Jones is once again a man whose greatness knows no bounds as he stars in, directs as well as helps to write and produce this quietly fierce tale about Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank). Who’s that, youContinue reading “The Homesman”

Kill the Messenger

Release: Friday, October 10, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Peter Landesman  Directed by: Michael Cuesta Stories like this make me feel better about writing about less hardcore things than politics  . . . . like movies. Because even as a much-loathed film critic your work may come home with you, but it’s not likely to ever actually follow you home. (Unless,Continue reading “Kill the Messenger”

The Theory of Everything

Release: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Anthony McCarten  Directed by: James Marsh If you want to talk ambition, meet British director James Marsh. He once thought it realistic to stuff everything Stephen Hawking-related into a two-hour romantic drama. There are obvious issues with such a strategy. Not so obvious perhaps are the compromises he’s made in producing something worth watching. Or, maybe theyContinue reading “The Theory of Everything”