Lost River

  Release: Friday, April 10, 2015 [Redbox] Written by: Ryan Gosling Directed by: Ryan Gosling On a scale of crypticness, Lost River sits right in between the obtuseness of garden variety Terrence Malick and Ryan Gosling's second collaboration with Nicolas Winding Refn, though the distances are pretty great on either side. It doesn't come close to even appearing … Continue reading Lost River

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Guestwriter: Mark Wahlberg gambles on Jim Bennett role

Today I'd like to share with you an interesting guest article that was proposed to me courtesy of Christine Lindon, representing an England-based marketing company, Wise Marketing. Earlier this year I had posted a review of Mark Wahlberg's then-latest film, the Rupert Wyatt-directed drama The Gambler. Given that Wahlberg is currently promoting a brand new … Continue reading Guestwriter: Mark Wahlberg gambles on Jim Bennett role

Rosewater

Release: Friday, November 14, 2014 (limited) [Redbox] Written by: Jon Stewart Directed by: Jon Stewart Rosewater may be watered-down in the drama department, but then that's missing the point that Jon Stewart already seems to be blossoming from satirical news show host into a feature film maker with serious potential. You won't find many (if any) of Stewart's signature snide … Continue reading Rosewater

Inside Out

Release: Friday, June 19, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Pete Docter; Meg LeFauve; Josh Cooley Directed by: Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen Spoiler alert: Inside Out is an emotional rollercoaster. Now that we've cleared that up, here's another kicker: it's being extremely well-received. But you probably already know that. Pixar's latest can't escape comparisons to the studio's paragons of the … Continue reading Inside Out

Dope

Release: Friday, June 19, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Rick Famuyiwa Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa Rick Famuyiwa's Sundance darling isn't particularly revelatory filmmaking, but it's much more intelligent than its dopey title suggests, rejecting racial stereotypes and erasing cultural gaps as confidently as it embraces its young leading trio as a righteous symbol of individualism. Dope channels an infectious spirit à la executive … Continue reading Dope

Jurassic World

Release: Friday, June 12, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Colin Trevorrow; Rick Jaffa; Amanda Silver; Derek Connolly Directed by: Colin Trevorrow This movie makes me nostalgic for the days of Jurassic Park III and The Lost World. Jurassic World has nothing new to offer, and is more comfortable hugging close to its parent than wandering off on its own and … Continue reading Jurassic World

Love & Mercy

Release: Friday, June 5, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Oren Moverman; Michael Alan Lerner Directed by: Bill Pohlad Capturing the life of one of rock'n roll's most luminous figures in The Beach Boys' very own Brian Wilson poses obvious challenges. Painting broad strokes risks missing all those curious little imperfections, while delving into a day-in-the-life could yield a movie so … Continue reading Love & Mercy

Entourage

Release: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Doug Ellin Directed by: Doug Ellin There's no denying how much the Entourage movie will fail to unite that which its namesake HBO series divided back in 2004. The cinematic revival will be regarded either as one of the more obvious examples of excessive fan service, or the heralding of a new era of one … Continue reading Entourage