Dolemite is My Name

Release: Friday, October 4, 2019 (limited) →Netflix Written by: Scott Alexander; Larry Karaszewski Directed by: Craig Brewer The way Craig Brewer captures the response to Dolemite, the movie-within-his-movie and at least part of its raison d'être, is so warm and uplifting. Yet it's also quaint if considering today's cinematic landscape. Cynics like me are tempted to dismiss the ending as … Continue reading Dolemite is My Name

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Release: Friday, May 3, 2019 (limited)  →Netflix Written by: Michael Werwie Directed by: Joe Berlinger Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile may appear on the surface as a redundant exercise. Do we really need another take on the American nightmare that was Ted Bundy? Like it or not we have come to know the man behind at … Continue reading Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Stan & Ollie

Release: Friday, December 28, 2018 (limited) →Theater Written by: Jeff Pope Directed by: Jon S. Baird Unlike the lengthy run the real-life subjects enjoyed in their careers, director Jon S. Baird's passion project Stan & Ollie seems over before it has even begun. This isn't me knocking the film for being slight, but because I enjoyed each precious minute like … Continue reading Stan & Ollie

Beautiful Boy

Release: Friday, October 12, 2018 (limited) →Theater Written by: Luke Davies; Felix van Groeningen Directed by: Felix van Groeningen I think it is important to note how specific an experience Beautiful Boy describes. Closing titles reveal some alarming statistics about the pervasiveness of drug abuse in America but the film does not presume to speak for everyone. This is about … Continue reading Beautiful Boy

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Release: Friday, October 19, 2018 (limited)  →Theater Written by:  Nicole Holofcener; Jeff Whitty Directed by: Marielle Heller Can You Ever Forgive Me? reflects on the life and crimes of Leonore Carol Israel, a Brooklyn-based journalist who, despite making an honest living in the 1970s and '80s writing biographies of high-profile women, one time even landing on the New … Continue reading Can You Ever Forgive Me?

First Man

Release: Friday, October 12, 2018 →IMAX Written by: Josh Singer Directed by: Damien Chazelle While First Man is only a small step into a different genre for director Damien Chazelle, the way he tells the story of the Moon landing may well represent a giant leap for fans of his previous, more emotionally-driven work. The historical reenactment is uncharted … Continue reading First Man

White Boy Rick

Release: Friday, September 14, 2018 →Theater Written by: Andy Weiss; Noah and Logan Miller Directed by: Yann Demange In his piece for the New York Observer, the innately likable Rex Reed writes of the White Boy Rick experience: "I can think of no reason any bright, witty or halfway sophisticated movie lover -- or otherwise normal person -- … Continue reading White Boy Rick

BlacKkKlansman

Release: Friday, August 10, 2018 →Theater Written by: Spike Lee; Charlie Wachtel; David Rabinowitz; Kevin Willmott Directed by: Spike Lee BlacKkKlansman is one wild ride. Loosely based upon the 2014 memoir of the same name (minus that little 'k' that writer/director Spike Lee threw in there), it recounts the experiences of an undercover black police officer in the … Continue reading BlacKkKlansman

Stronger

Release: Friday, September 29, 2017 →Theater Written by: John Pollono Directed by: David Gordon Green David Gordon Green's tribute to one of the survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing is a cathartic experience. Though it treats its subject with respect and dignity, the film holds nothing back in its depiction of a life suddenly and violently … Continue reading Stronger