Skyscraper

Release: Friday, July 13, 2018 →Theater Written by: Rawson Marshall Thurber Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber  There’s no ignoring the fact the star of Skyscraper, a veritable homage to one of cinema’s greatest action reels, once donned a sacrificial lion’s head as battle gear in a movie directed by Brett Ratner about the god Hercules. Earlier this summer, heContinue reading “Skyscraper”

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Release: Friday, July 6, 2018 →Theater Written by: Chris McKenna; Erik Sommers; Paul Rudd; Andrew Barrer; Gabriel Ferrari Directed by: Peyton Reed You’ve read it everywhere: Ant-Man and the Wasp is a refreshingly lightweight summer adventure that offers up more laughs than big character moments. It’s more of a superhero side dish than an entrée. But that’s okayContinue reading “Ant-Man and the Wasp”

Masterminds

Release: Friday, September 30, 2016  [Theater] Written by: Chris Bowman; Hubbel Palmer; Emily Spivey Directed by: Jared Hess Masterminds didn’t need to be masterfully made to be effective, but a little discipline could have gone a long way. Directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), the film is a comedic dramatization of the October 1997 Loomis Fargo bank robbery thatContinue reading “Masterminds”

The Magnificent Seven

Release: Friday, September 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Richard Wenk; Nic Pizzolatto Directed by: Antoine Fuqua Try as they might, Antoine Fuqua continues falling well short of the benchmark set by his 2001 smash hit Training Day and Chris Pratt can’t quite make this the Guardians of the Galaxy of the ole wild west. Despite bear-dressing-like-people jokes he is merely oneContinue reading “The Magnificent Seven”

Don’t Breathe

Release: Friday, August 26, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Fede Álvarez; Rodo Sayagues Directed by: Fede Álvarez Don’t Breathe, the sophomore effort from Uruguayan director Fede Álvarez, is what you’d get if you expanded into a full-length feature that scene from The Silence of the Lambs in which Buffalo Bill stalks a terrified Clarice Starling with night vision goggles whileContinue reading “Don’t Breathe”

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”

Triple 9

Release: Friday, February 26 ,2016 [Theater] Written by: Matt Cook Directed by: John Hillcoat Triple 9 could be a really great film. I’m not saying that to be facetious or hypothetical, like, “I have all these suggestions to make it better and here’s how you do it,” or “I’m seeing this tonight and I hope it’s going to beContinue reading “Triple 9”

Clinger

Release: Friday, October 23, 2015 (limited) [Vimeo] Written by: Michael Steves, Gabi Chennisi, Bubba Fish Directed by: Michael Steves This review is my third contribution to Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings. I’d like to thank James for providing me the opportunity to take a look at this film. Clinger tells a story about an obsessive young man who, after losing his life inContinue reading “Clinger”

Kill Me Three Times

Release: Friday, April 10, 2015 [Netflix] Written by: James McFarland Directed by: Kriv Stenders Simon Pegg embraces his inner baddie and Kill Me Three Times is somewhat better because of it. ‘Somewhat’ is the operative word here as Pegg, even in a killer role (e-hem), isn’t enough to make the film worth watching. Too choppily paced to be considered an intentionalContinue reading “Kill Me Three Times”