Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Release: Friday, December 14, 2018 →Theater Written by: Phil Lord; Rodney Rothman Directed by: Bob Persichetti; Peter Ramsey; Rodney Rothman A Review from the Perspective of a Spider-Newb A cornucopia of visual delights that rivals the best of Pixar and Studio Ghibli, two of the giants in the world of animation, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has taken Sony PicturesContinue reading “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Free Solo

Release: Friday, September 28, 2018 →Theater Directed by: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi; Jimmy Chin Alex Honnold is a professional rock climber who occupies a very obscure niche within the rock climbing community. As a free soloist responsible for some of the world’s most death-defying ascents sans a rope and any protective gear, he is most alive when climbingContinue reading “Free Solo”

Three Identical Strangers

Release: Friday, June 29, 2018 (limited) →Theater Directed by: Tim Wardle Significant spoilers follow. Documentarian Tim Wardle stunned the Sundance crowd earlier this year when he premiered Three Identical Strangers, the remarkable true story of a set of triplets separated at birth who by sheer chance were reunited at the age of 19. Call it one ofContinue reading “Three Identical Strangers”

Isle of Dogs

Release: Friday, April 13, 2018 →Theater Written by: Wes Anderson Directed by: Wes Anderson When it comes to Wes Anderson, ‘more of the same’ is absolutely a compliment. I don’t find myself saying that about many other filmmakers. Now nine films deep into a career that has netted him an ever-growing, passionate and devoted fanbase it is clearContinue reading “Isle of Dogs”

Brigsby Bear

Release: Friday, July 28, 2017 (limited)  →Theater Written by: Kevin Costello; Kyle Mooney Directed by: Dave McCary  THIS REVIEW INCLUDES DETAILS THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED SPOILERS Like last year’s gloriously weird Swiss Army Man, Brigsby Bear is a film guided by its own compass. Granted, not a penis, but rather the element of human empathy and compassion. It’s one ofContinue reading “Brigsby Bear”

Dunkirk

Release: Friday, July 21, 2017 →IMAX Written by: Christopher Nolan Directed by: Christopher Nolan In memory of my late grandfather, John Little. In his first historical drama, one that gives the acclaimed writer-director an opportunity to fly that British flag high, Christopher Nolan is deeply committed to creating a singular, sensory experience that goes beyond a mere reenactment.Continue reading “Dunkirk”

Manchester By the Sea

Release: Friday, November 18, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Kenneth Lonergan Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan A good movie offers escapism. A better movie makes us think. But some of the best movies don’t necessarily allow us the luxury of escape. They challenge us to face the world that actually includes us, holding a mirror up to our own realities and daring usContinue reading “Manchester By the Sea”

Loving

Release: Friday, November 4, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Jeff Nichols Directed by: Jeff Nichols One of the most common red marks on my college papers was the criticism ‘Show, don’t tell.’ These notations littered my 300-level Opinion Writing assignments. I recall one particular article in which we had to discuss how a recent environmental disaster in Kingston, TennesseeContinue reading “Loving”

Moonlight

Release: Friday, October 21, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Barry Jenkins Directed by: Barry Jenkins There’s a moment late in Barry Jenkins’ new film featuring a blown-out Naomie Harris desperate for a cigarette, in the way a recovering crack-addict is desperate for a cigarette. Her violently trembling hands fail her, prompting the assistance of her son, for whom she has spent a lifetimeContinue reading “Moonlight”

30-for-30: Fantastic Lies

Release: Sunday, March 13, 2016 [Netflix] Directed by: Marina Zenovich Marina Zenovich’s Fantastic Lies establishes one simple truth that cannot be disputed no matter what your feelings are towards Duke University and the air of superiority it cultivates. The scandal that rocked the Durham-based university in March of 2006 and the manner in which it was handledContinue reading “30-for-30: Fantastic Lies”