6 Underground

Release: Friday, December 13, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Paul Wernick; Rhett Reese Directed by: Michael Bay It’s my fourth week of isolation and while we’ve got a way to go still before we can socially un-distance, I’m pretty sure I’ve just hit a low point. I am now inviting Michael Bay in to my living room toContinue reading “6 Underground”

Assassination Nation

Release: Friday, September 21, 2018 →Theater Written by: Sam Levinson Directed by: Sam Levinson With a title like Assassination Nation, you probably shouldn’t go in expecting a film of subtlety and nuance, and that is exactly what you do not get in director Sam Levinson’s sophomore feature. In fact, a lack of subtlety and nuance is theContinue reading “Assassination Nation”

30-for-30: No Más

Release: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 [Netflix] Directed by: Eric Drath Spectators historically aren’t accustomed to seeing a professional boxer not finish what they started — at least, not voluntarily. When Roberto Durán, the man with two of the most devastating fists in all of boxing, waved his gloves at his opponent in the 8th round of a 15-round bout signifyingContinue reading “30-for-30: No Más”

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 beenContinue reading “Hands of Stone”

Hell or High Water

Release: Friday, August 12, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Taylor Sheridan Directed by: David Mackenzie The day after you’ve watched something is probably not the time to proclaim that thing an instant classic. It would be wise to allow the infatuation phase to run its course before declaring your undying love for your partner. Unfortunately for me,Continue reading “Hell or High Water”

The Infiltrator

Release: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Ellen Brown Furman Directed by: Brad Furman Brad Furman wasn’t looking to infiltrate more elite groups of directors who had earlier tackled the gritty but ever fascinating subject of the drug trafficking epidemic in America when he paired up with Bryan Cranston. That much is clear just based on the relative nonchalanceContinue reading “The Infiltrator”

The Purge: Election Year

Release: Friday, July 1, 2016 [Theater] Written by: James DeMonaco Directed by: James DeMonaco I am convinced the French marketing for the third Purge film (see above) is the most responsible form of it we have. The Purge: Election Year manages to be as inane as it looks and here is a movie poster that pulls no punches whenContinue reading “The Purge: Election Year”

Free State of Jones

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Gary Ross; Leonard Hartman Directed by: Gary Ross In Gary Ross’ new film, inspired by the life of Civil War medic-turned-rebel Newton Knight, the firepower has been upgraded from crossbows to muskets and bayonets, but both the fire and the power in the former Hunger Games director are absent in Free StateContinue reading “Free State of Jones”

Independence Day: Resurgence

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Roland Emmerich; Nicolas Wright; James A. Woods; Dean Devlin; James Vanderbilt Directed by: Roland Emmerich Nothing brings a tear to my eye faster than knowing that Earth’s mantle is going to be safe, at least until the next ill-advised blockbuster sequel. I really felt more for the core of the planet thanContinue reading “Independence Day: Resurgence”

Captain America: Civil War

Release: Friday, May 6, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Christopher Markus; Stephen McFeely Directed by: Anthony & Joe Russo Standing in a line of about 200 rabid fans an hour before the screening I was asked by a woman in line — a hot mom actually — if this was the line for the Avengers movie. I really wanted to tellContinue reading “Captain America: Civil War”