Earthquake Bird

Release: Friday, November 15, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Wash Westmoreland  Directed by: Wash Westmoreland  I spun the Netflix wheel on a Saturday night and landed on this thing called Earthquake Bird. Turns out, it was the caliber movie that rewards in kind the minimal effort I put in to finding it. This slow-burn of a psychosexual thrillerContinue reading “Earthquake Bird”

The Meg

Release: Friday, August 10, 2018 →Theater Written by: Dean Georgaris; Jon and Erich Hoeber Directed by: Jon Turteltaub More like . . . The Meh. I really couldn’t give a shark shit about this movie, but here goes this anyway. It says something about Jason Statham‘s box office pull that I found my tingling buttocks planted in aContinue reading “The Meg”

The Commuter

Release: Friday, January 12, 2018 →Theater Written by: Byron Willinger; Philip de Blasi; Ryan Engle Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra The Commuter is the fourth time director Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson have teamed up to deliver you the questionable goods. Sure, it was Pierre Morel’s Taken that discovered the fountain of ass-kicking youth within the 66-year-old actor, but it’s SerraContinue reading “The Commuter”

Gold

Release: Friday, January 27, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Patrick Massett; John Zinman Directed by: Stephen Gaghan The prospect of finding cinematic gold in a true story directed by “the guy who wrote Traffic” and starring the winsome (and also Oscar-winning) Matthew McConaughey seems a sure thing. Unfortunately their first team-up proves how elusive success really can be. Stephen Gaghan looselyContinue reading “Gold”

Suicide Squad

Release: Friday, August 5, 2016 [Theater] Written by: David Ayer Directed by: David Ayer Sigh. Suicide Squad is neither a disaster nor a revelation. It’s just really, really uneventful and in that way, crushingly disappointing. Let me grab a calculator and get back to you, because the math really doesn’t add up. I don’t quite know how you commitContinue reading “Suicide Squad”

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”

X-Men: Apocalypse

Release: Friday, May 27, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Bryan Singer; Simon Kinberg; Michael Dougherty; Dan Harris Directed by: Bryan Singer In the midst of Magneto’s metal-throwing rampage, a burning hot ember of emotion buried deep underneath the rapidly cooling coals of X-Men: Apocalypse, I glance over to find my friend fast asleep, head buried into his shoulder and aContinue reading “X-Men: Apocalypse”

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Release: Friday, September 18, 2015 [Theater] Written by: T.S. Nowlin Directed by: Wes Ball All this running and what, no exhaustion? One would think these kids were all born Olympians but in the interest of staying alive, I suppose running is what one must do. Wouldn’t it be funny though if Thomas just suddenly stopped in his tracksContinue reading “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”

True Story

Release: Friday, April 17, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Rupert Goold; David Kajganich Directed by: Rupert Goold True story: Rupert Goold’s cinematic adaptation of the memoir penned by disgraced New York Times writer Michael Finkel elicits more yawns than being forced to sit through days’ worth of testimony in an actual courtroom would. It ought to be a compliment thatContinue reading “True Story”

Deliver Us From Evil

Release: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 [Theater] If the word ‘evil’ here can be interchanged with ‘boredom,’ then this is the perfect title for a film as lacking in personality as Scott Derrickson’s attempt at repackaging familiar themes to produce a unique experience. Cliches are bountiful to the point of infiltrating the project’s title. Deliver Us From EvilContinue reading “Deliver Us From Evil”