April Blindspot: Metropolis (1927)

Release: Sunday, March 13, 1927 [Netflix] Written by: Thea von Harbou Directed by: Fritz Lang Austrian-German filmmaker Fritz Lang's critique of capitalism and class structure in his classic silent epic Metropolis is a sight to behold, even if it is far from graceful. He imagines a dystopian city in the year 2026, a self-contained universe starkly divided between the weak … Continue reading April Blindspot: Metropolis (1927)

Going in Style

Release: Friday, April 7, 2017  [Theater] Written by: Theodore Melfi Directed by: Zach Braff Geriatric crime comedy starring three Academy Award winners and directed by former Scrubs star Zach Braff is a bit of an underachiever. Even that might be giving this, a remake of Martin Brest's 1979 caper of the same name, too much credit because I'm unconvinced this movie … Continue reading Going in Style

Free Fire

Release: Friday, April 21, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Amy Jump; Ben Wheatley Directed by: Ben Wheatley Free Fire is 85 minutes of pure farce, and it's kind of awesome. It's also great news for those who have been wondering if they would ever see a pre-Madonna Guy Ritchie film again. Of course, this isn't his film; he's off doing that … Continue reading Free Fire

Under the Shadow

Release: Friday, October 7, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Babak Anvari Directed by: Babak Anvari For the better part of the 1980s tension between Iran and Iraq had been escalating into large-scale armed conflict, an eight-year period of violence recognized today as the Iran-Iraq War. Then-president Saddam Hussein, hoping to pounce on Iran in post-Islamic Revolution turmoil, invaded without warning … Continue reading Under the Shadow

Your Name.

Release: Friday, April 7, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Makoto Shinkai Directed by: Makoto Shinkai To say Makoto Shinkai's massively acclaimed anime is ambitious would be an understatement. Your Name. seems to be an opus on everything from teen awkwardness to the relationship between time and memory to astrology. At its core it's a grand romantic tale but fastened to that are … Continue reading Your Name.

King Jack

Release: Friday, June 10, 2016 (limited)  [Netflix] Written by: Felix Thompson Directed by: Felix Thompson Writer-director Felix Thompson's first feature King Jack is a prickly little 81-minute production that shuffles through a nameless, shambling suburban block somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. Rather than offering anything in the way of a traditional narrative, it provides a window into the life of a young … Continue reading King Jack

Train to Busan

Release: Friday, July 22, 2016 (limited)  [Netflix] Written by: Yeon Sang-ho Directed by: Yeon Sang-ho Train to Busan is a breathless and brutal South Korean zombie flick that broke a number of records last year, becoming the first Korean feature to breach the $1 million mark at the Singaporean box office. Over the past several months it has taken the … Continue reading Train to Busan

Kong: Skull Island

Release: Friday, March 10, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Dan Gilroy; Max Borenstein; Derek Connolly Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts becomes the latest to cash in on the recent trend of indie directors gone Hollywood, going from The Kings of Summer to a blockbuster that reimagines the king of the apes in all its primal glory in Kong: … Continue reading Kong: Skull Island