Get Hard

Release: Friday, March 27, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Etan Cohen; Jay Martel; Ian Roberts 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 clearContinue reading “Get Hard”

It Follows

Release: Friday, March 13, 2015 [Theater] Written by: David Robert Mitchell 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 aContinue reading “It Follows”

McFarland USA

Release: Friday, February 20, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Christopher Cleveland; Bettina Gilois; Grant Thompson 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 . . . . . . ? AhContinue reading “McFarland USA”

Hateship Loveship

Release: Friday, April 11, 2014 (limited) [Redbox] Written by:  Mark Jude Poirier 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 managesContinue 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 anythingContinue 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 asContinue reading “The John C. Reilly Factor — a new feature coming soon!”

Run All Night

Release: Friday, March 13, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Brad Ingelsby 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 lessContinue reading “Run All Night”

What We Do in the Shadows

Release: Friday, February 13, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Jemaine Clement; Taika Waititi 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, wantsContinue reading “What We Do in the Shadows”

Chappie

Release: Friday, March 6, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Neill Blomkamp; Terri Tatchell 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 suchContinue reading “Chappie”