When a Song Gets Bigger than the Movie: Shallow

It feels like only yesterday the world fell in love with Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born, the third and most recent remake of the classic ill-fated romance between two lovers in showbiz whose career trajectories are trending in opposite directions. Maybe it doesn’t feel like the two years it has actually been considering how thirstyContinue reading “When a Song Gets Bigger than the Movie: Shallow”

The Mule

Release: Friday, December 14, 2018 →Theater Written by: Sam Dolnick; Nick Schenk Directed by: Clint Eastwood The Mule marks the 37th time Clint Eastwood has directed a movie. Remember that the next time you go out for Trivia Night. From The Eiger Sanction (1975) to his Best Picture-winning western Unforgiven (1992); Mystic River (2003) to Gran Torino (2008), the man hasContinue reading “The Mule”

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)”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Release: Friday, May 5, 2017 [Theater] Written by: James Gunn Directed by: James Gunn One of the things that struck me about the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy is how obviously the returning cast carry their swagger around. It’s as if they just got done saving the entire galaxy. But has this level of cockiness really beenContinue reading “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

War Dogs

Release: Friday, August 19, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Todd Phillips; Stephen Chin; Jason Smilovic Directed by: Todd Phillips The unbelievability factor really works in War Dogs‘ favor. It has given a director of outrageous comedies and indeterminate skill considerable leverage. It has given actors who like playing jackasses free range to be themselves and we would never knowContinue reading “War Dogs”

Joy

Release: Christmas Day 2015 [Theater] Written by: David O. Russell; Annie Mumolo Directed by: David O. Russell Does a movie have an obligation to become the very thing its title advertises? Should we feel duped if that title says one thing and then the story goes off and does something else? No, Joy is not a movie aboutContinue reading “Joy”

Burnt

Release: Friday, October 30, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Steven Knight; Michael Kalesniko Directed by: John Wells Brad Cooper is a dish best served cold in this kitchen drama, starring him as a lunatic chef in what seems to be the pinnacle of culinary kick-assery in downtown London. There’s not much fat on these bones but Cooper and some ofContinue reading “Burnt”

American Sniper

Release: Friday, January 16, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Jason Hall Directed by: Clint Eastwood In Dirty Harry’s return to slightly more confident filmmaking, Bradley Cooper is one bad man. I mean, his Chris Kyle is a good man, but a bad . . . ah, never mind. The Odessa, Texas native is the center of attention in a biopicContinue reading “American Sniper”

Guardians of the Galaxy

Release: Friday, August 1, 2014 [Theater] I wish I could say I am hooked on this feeling, but I’m not high on believing that indifference is what I should be feeling right now. Especially for a movie that hasn’t even made it through opening weekend, yet is already being touted as Marvel’s masterpiece. At the very least, suchContinue reading “Guardians of the Galaxy”

American Hustle

Release: Friday, December 20, 2013 [Theater] Catch Me If You Can‘s little brother decides to show its face in 2013, sporting a cool name, a slick, sexy visage and the necessary wardrobe/make-up department to cover up all the acne pimples and skin blemishes its suffering from as it starts to stumble awkwardly into adolescence. To thatContinue reading “American Hustle”