Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

Release: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 👀 Theater Written by: Tom O’Connor; Brandon Murphy; Phillip Murphy Directed by: Patrick Hughes Starring: Ryan Reynolds; Samuel L. Jackson; Salma Hayek; Antonio Banderas; Morgan Freeman **/***** Short review: Well, I’ve seen worse. But that’s not exactly the endorsement I was wanting to write. Not that I was necessarily expecting to come out ofContinue reading “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”

The Scarlett Johansson Project — #5

Another new movie experience and another lesson learned. The one we have to talk about this month has become something of a cult classic since its release nearly two decades ago. I can see how it has earned that reputation. It’s a very well-made movie, a realistic take on teen alienation that comes with a pricklyContinue reading “The Scarlett Johansson Project — #5”

Jojo Rabbit

Release: Friday, November 8, 2018 →Theater Written by: Taika Waititi Directed by: Taika Waititi New Zealand writer/director Taika Waititi has always been the magic elixir to make things better. Viago the vampire was one of my favorite characters in the frightfully funny comedy What We Do in the Shadows (2015). In 2017 he gave the MCU a whack ofContinue reading “Jojo Rabbit”

Unicorn Store

Release: Friday, April 5, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Samantha MacIntyre Directed by: Brie Larson Very much like a unicorn the directorial début of Brie Larson is a colorful curiosity. Unicorn Store reunites her with her Captain Marvel co-star, Samuel L. Jackson, albeit under entirely different circumstances. Instead of trying to prevent intergalactic war here we’re dealing with aContinue reading “Unicorn Store”

Rules Don’t Apply

Release: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Warren Beaty Directed by: Warren Beaty Toothaches. Internet trolls. Airport pat-downs. These are but a few things that grate on the nerves less than Warren Beaty’s new film. In Rules Don’t Apply, an ambitious driver tries to make it with a devout Baptist and aspiring actress who in turn tries to make itContinue reading “Rules Don’t Apply”

Café Society

Release: Friday, July 15, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Woody Allen Directed by: Woody Allen I think I’ve cashed in the last of my goodwill towards all things Woody Allen by checking out Café Society, yet another movie about New York, being Jewish and being young, dumb and hopelessly lovesick. The weight of Allen’s neuroticism has become crushing in theContinue reading “Café Society”

Daddy’s Home

Release: Christmas Day 2015 [Theater] Written by: Sean Anders; Brian Burns; John Morris Directed by: Sean Anders Will Ferrell may not yet be suffering late-stage DeNiro, but if he’s not careful he can still emasculate his career if he keeps up the habit of portraying people who get off on being abused by everyone else in the movie. He needs toContinue reading “Daddy’s Home”

The Night Before

Release: Friday, November 20, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Jonathan Levine; Kyle Hunter; Ariel Shaffir; Evan Goldberg Directed by: Jonathan Levine I was enjoying, for the most part, the latest incarnation of the Seth Rogen and Friends Show, finding myself more than a little amused by their storming of New York City in an effort to live itContinue reading “The Night Before”

TBT: The Graduate (1967)

For the second pick of November ’15 we’re going back to what has been referred to me time and again as a classic. A coming-of-ager to end all coming-of-age films. It’s Dustin Hoffman’s second big screen appearance, one that officially opened up the doors to a promising and diverse career, one that I am ashamedContinue reading “TBT: The Graduate (1967)”

While We’re Young

Release: Friday, March 27, 2015 [Theater] Written by:  Noah Baumbach Directed by: Noah Baumbach  As the tagline suggests, life never gets old but can the same be said for aggressively hipster, disingenuous characters and convoluted stories? Noah Baumbach is a director I should have written off already. What I’ve been able to gather through only two films (thisContinue reading “While We’re Young”