Ad Astra

Release: Friday, September 20, 2019 →Theater Written by: Ethan Gross; James Gray Directed by: James Gray Ad Astra is not the increasingly familiar, inspiring saga of human achievement the marketing has been pitching it as. It’s something much more honest and intriguing — a terrifyingly lonely quest for truth that dares put us in our place and puts potential limitsContinue reading “Ad Astra”

Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood

Release: Friday, July 26, 2019 →Theater Written by: Quentin Tarantino Directed by: Quentin Tarantino Quentin Tarantino is among the biggest names in the biz today and in his ninth and apparently penultimate film he’s relying on clout more than ever to get mass audiences invested in something that he takes as seriously as Jules does Ezekiel 25:17 —Continue reading “Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood”

Allied

Release: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Steven Knight Directed by: Robert Zemeckis Brad Pitt finds a new ally in Marion Cotillard in his post-Angelina Jolie world. Sad face. Actually, those were just rumors. And this isn’t a gossip column. On the other hand, the two are pretty convincing playing a pair of lovestruck assassins whose loyalty to one anotherContinue reading “Allied”

The Big Short

Release: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Adam McKay; Charles Randolph  Directed by: Adam McKay When it was announced Adam McKay would be putting his comedic muse Will Ferrell in time out so he could make a film not only steeped in but specifically commenting on the 2008 financial crisis (and the events that precipitated it), I knewContinue reading “The Big Short”

Fury

Release: Friday, October 17, 2014 [Theater] Written by: David Ayer Directed by: David Ayer There’s no such thing as a politically-neutral war film. That’s why David Ayer (End of Watch; Sabotage) should be praised for focusing not on the ideals and goals of war but rather its consequences. In his film there is a whole lot of loss and not aContinue reading “Fury”

12 Years a Slave

Release: Friday, October 18, 2013 (limited) [Theater] Every so often there are those releases that stir up a buzz unlike any other; a certain climate that generates perhaps as much interest in the film as the film itself. This feverish talk might be about the cast involved and the work they have turned in, or theContinue reading “12 Years a Slave”

The Counselor

Release: Friday, October 25, 2013 [Theater] “If you keep heading down this path, you will eventually come to moral decisions that will take you completely by surprise.” So forewarns the enigmatic night club owner, Reiner, played by a very colorful Javier Bardem in Ridley Scott’s latest suspense thriller, based on the first original screenplay penned byContinue reading “The Counselor”