Month in Review: December ’19

Happy New Year from Thomas J! New year, new decade and a new slate of movies to take in and start complaining about immediately! 😀 Let’s do it! I’ve come out of 2019 tripping over my own damn shoelaces. Not only did I botch the landing when it comes to finishing off the Marvelous BrieContinue reading “Month in Review: December ’19”

Month in Review: November ’19

Production slowed a little during November. Am I bummed about that? Yes. Is there anything I can do about it now? Not really. I didn’t even realize it was December until I checked my calendar late Saturday night/early Sunday morning and noticed I hadn’t yet published my latest installment of The Marvelous Brie Larson. So, technically,Continue reading “Month in Review: November ’19”

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 asContinue 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 atContinue 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 likeContinue 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 aboutContinue 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 NewContinue 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 unchartedContinue 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”

Operation Finale

Release: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 →Theater Written by: Matthew Orton Directed by: Chris Weitz Operation Finale takes audiences on a top secret mission into the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires, following a group of Israeli spies as they attempt to capture a high-ranking Nazi officer who fled Europe at the end of the war to seemingly escape withoutContinue reading “Operation Finale”