Bleed for This

Release: Friday, November 18, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Ben Younger; Angelo Pizzo; Pippa Bianco Directed by: Ben Younger Bleed for This is an intense title for an underwhelming boxing movie. Its hyperbolic nature suggests a scream-o/punk-rock band's new single when really it's meant to describe the mentality of one Vinny Pazienza, a boxer from Providence, Rhode Island who returned to the ring after … Continue reading Bleed for This

Before the Flood

Release: Friday, October 21, 2016 (limited) [YouTube] Written by: Mark Monroe Directed by: Fisher Stevens Oscar-winning documentarian Fisher Stevens won't change the world with his ambitious but overly familiar and ultimately underwhelming examination of man's impact on the global environment, but his efforts aren't completely in vain. Before the Flood uses the immense popularity of bonafide Hollywood A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio … Continue reading Before the Flood

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

Release: Friday, October 14, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Directed by: Kevin Macdonald If you have never heard of Cai Guo-Qiang, you are primed for a transcendent experience in Sky Ladder, a Netflix exclusive that delves into the personal and professional life of this blisteringly original Chinese contemporary artist. In this quietly unassuming but bold and visually-oriented documentary from Kevin … Continue reading Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

Dream Theater’s The Astonishing — Live

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016 the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark hosted Dream Theater for 'An Evening With' as the progressive-metal giants played in its entirety their brand new album, the sprawling odyssey that is The Astonishing -- an epic tale of betrayal, loss, hope and redemption set in a dystopian future circa 2285 in an … Continue reading Dream Theater’s The Astonishing — Live

Queen of Katwe

Release: Friday, September 23, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: William Wheeler Directed by: Mira Nair Despite the illusion of diversity and the notion that films are now being tailor-made for niched audiences, director Mira Nair's latest feels like a rarity, one that's not only good for the soul, but good for Disney. Here is a work of substance … Continue reading Queen of Katwe

30-for-30: Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?

Release: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 [Netflix] Directed by: Mike Tollin When Donald Trump made the 'small potatoes' remark it was after he had wrapped up an interview with the director for this very documentary. He was referring to his dalliance with sports team ownership, his dismissiveness hinting at days that were so far in the rearview he couldn't even see them anymore. He … Continue reading 30-for-30: Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?

Hands of Stone

Release: Friday, August 26, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Jonathan Jakubowicz Directed by: Jonathan Jakubowicz Confession time: coming into this I had no idea who Roberto Durán was -- ya know, other than the fact he would be the center of attention in Jonathan Jakubowicz's boxing drama. Do I feel silly now. Long story short, the Panamanian has been … Continue reading Hands of Stone