The Way Back

Release: Friday, March 6, 2020 →Theater Written by: Brad Ingelsby Directed by: Gavin O’Connor Jack Cunningham (Ben Affleck) had a future in basketball beyond high school. Probably beyond college. Once the pride of Bishop Hayes High in the 1990s, he led his team to more victories and championships in his four years than the many iterations managed inContinue reading “The Way Back”

A Star is Born (2018)

Release: Friday, October 5, 2018 →Theater Written by: Eric Roth; Bradley Cooper; Will Fetters Directed by: Bradley Cooper Bradley Cooper has been a star for some time, but alongside the inimitable pop star Lady Gaga he seems to burn even brighter. Legitimately honing another craft within the framework of one of his best acting showcases to date, Cooper,Continue reading “A Star is Born (2018)”

Filth

Release: Friday, April 25, 2014 (limited)  [Netflix] Written by:  Jon S. Baird Directed by: Jon S. Baird  What’s that old adage — nice guys finish last? Nice guys are also chumps. James McAvoy as Scottish Detective Sergeant Bruce Robinson added that last part. It wasn’t me. I’m not the guy bumping a line or two before work,Continue reading “Filth”

Boyhood

Release: Friday, July 18, 2014 (limited) [Theater] I know my refusal to get up out of my seat even after almost three consecutive hours of sitting — in considerably cramped quarters, I might add — is pretty weak testament to the fact that Boyhood just may be one of the coolest films this reviewer has had the privilegeContinue reading “Boyhood”

TBT: The Santa Clause (1994)

Jolly ol’ Saint Nick crashed into my roof late the other night. When he squeezed his wide self down the chimney and caused a mess with equal gracelessness minutes later, the two of us had a chat about his job and how under-appreciated it really is. After I got over my initial shock about theContinue reading “TBT: The Santa Clause (1994)”

TBT: Bad Santa (2003)

Growing up, one of the harshest realities we all had to come to grips with was the fact that jolly ol’ Saint Nick was in fact, not real. But oh boy, is he! He comes to life on the big screen in this knock-out raunch-fest in ways no good little Johnny or Jenny should everContinue reading “TBT: Bad Santa (2003)”

The Spectacular Now

Release: Friday, August 2, 2013 (limited) [Theater] Miles Teller had but one chance left to impress before I completely wrote him off as an actor who may have talent, but is perpetually doomed to recycling poor role choices. Even though his resumé may be limited, there’s enough to notice the pattern of him being typecastContinue reading “The Spectacular Now”