Get Hard

Release: Friday, March 27, 2015 [Theater] Distributor: Warner Bros. Directed by: Etan Cohen It speaks to the talents of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart that Get Hard gets funny at all. This is easily one of the most racist and homophobic movies I've ever had the displeasure of reviewing. I'd like to clear the air right away: I … Continue reading Get Hard

It Follows

Release: Friday, March 13, 2015 [Theater] Distributor: Radius-TWC Directed by: David Robert Mitchell Subtly unsettling and certainly spooky the unseen, inexplicable threat at the heart of It Follows is not likely to strike you right away, but if you let it that paranoid feeling will eventually find you. David Robert Mitchell has come up with a new way to … Continue reading It Follows

McFarland USA

Release: Friday, February 20, 2015 [Theater] Distributor: Buena Vista  Directed by: Niki Caro Is this the part where I openly admit to becoming teary-eyed watching a Disney film? Or is that just way too honest? . . . . . hello . . . ? Guys . . . . . . ? Ah well, whatever. Good chance I'm just … Continue reading McFarland USA

Hateship Loveship

Release: Friday, April 11, 2014 (limited) [Redbox] Distributor: IFC Directed by: Liza Johnson At a certain point, restrained filmmaking can put a strain on its relationship with its audience. Liza Johnson's thoughtful but underwhelming Hateship Loveship is a film that dares to be subtle, so much so that it has trouble balancing its thematic and entertainment responsibilities. Despite the oddball title Johnson manages to skirt around pretentiousness … Continue reading Hateship Loveship

30-for-30: Guru of Go

Release: Saturday, April 3, 2010 [Netflix] Directed by: Bill Couterié When Loyola Marymount University's Hank Gathers dropped to the hardwood without warning, his teammates and close friends thought he was fooling around. It was a fair assumption to make given the charismatic player's inability to take anything seriously off the court. But an irregular heart rhythm wasn't anything … Continue reading 30-for-30: Guru of Go

The John C. Reilly Factor — a new feature coming soon!

Better late than never to make good on my promise to supplement last year's Franco Files, right? Well, several months into this new year and I finally have settled on the idea. This new feature is literally sprung from my recent watch of another Paul Thomas Anderson "masterpiece," a little film some might know as … Continue reading The John C. Reilly Factor — a new feature coming soon!

Run All Night

Release: Friday, March 13, 2015 [Theater] Distributor: Warner Bros. Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra Emotionally resonant, impressively acted and frenetically paced to a fault, the latest demonstration of Neeson's physical and intellectual stamina may suffer from a case of 'been there, done that' but that's more in reference to the general direction this new release takes and less to its … Continue reading Run All Night

What We Do in the Shadows

Release: Friday, February 13, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Distributor: Unison/Paladin Directed by: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi It's once again cool to bust out your vampire get-up for the next Halloween party because these guys have just made being an ugly, putrefying member of the undead so totally hip. Even I, one of Dracula's biggest naysayers, wants a sweet cape. If you've … Continue reading What We Do in the Shadows

Chappie

Release: Friday, March 6, 2015 [Theater] Distributor: Sony/Columbia Directed by: Neill Blomkamp The nonsense that is Chappie makes one sorely nostalgic for the days of Elysium and awkward Jodie Foster performances. At least in that semi-disappointing spectacle we were teased with the notion of leaving behind a civilization that Neill Blomkamp clearly despises. Here, no such escape is possible. Six … Continue reading Chappie