Month in Review: September ’17

To encourage a bit more variety in my blogging posts and to help distance this site from the one of old, I’m installing this monthly post where I summarize the previous month’s activity in a wraparound that will hopefully give people the chance to go back and find stuff they might have missed, as well asContinue reading “Month in Review: September ’17”

Denial

Release: Friday, September 30, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: David Hare Directed by: Mick Jackson There’s no denying the spectrum of emotions Deborah E. Lipstadt experienced during her days in the Royal Court of Justice, recounted in her book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier (upon which this film is based), deserves theContinue reading “Denial”

High-Rise

Release: Friday, May 13, 2016 (limited)  [Netflix] Written by: Amy Jump Directed by: Ben Wheatley Chaos reigns supreme in Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, an adaptation of the 1975 novel penned by British author J.G. Ballard who envisioned a microcosm of society confined within a 40-story-tall luxury apartment building. After nearly four decades and several failed attempts at adapting material manyContinue reading “High-Rise”

Eye in the Sky

Release: Friday, April 1, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Guy Hibbert Directed by: Gavin Hood Eye in the Sky presents an intriguing, if not familiar moral conundrum as a British Army Colonel weighs the pros and cons of pulling the trigger on a drone missile strike that could eliminate top terrorist targets sheltered in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.Continue reading “Eye in the Sky”

The Brothers Grimsby

Release: Friday, March 11, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Sacha Baron Cohen; Phil Johnston; Peter Baynham Directed by: Louis Leterrier There’s something about Sacha Baron Cohen that really makes you feel like a complete idiot. He’s become really good at that because here I went, blinded by my own boredom, to a screening where I was the only viewerContinue reading “The Brothers Grimsby”

The Lady in the Van

Release: Friday, December 4, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Alan Bennett Directed by: Nicholas Hytner The Lady in the Van is really good if you like watching movies about the elderly, the homeless and the incontinent. (Spoiler alert: I don’t mind them.) Maggie Smith, who is the lady in the van, is a real piece of work inContinue reading “The Lady in the Van”

Eddie the Eagle

Release: Friday, February 26, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Sean Macauley; Simon Kelton Directed by: Dexter Fletcher Eddie the Eagle is a film that wears its heart on its sleeve, and good for it. It’s the kind of movie you really want to stand up and cheer for — and hey, maybe you even have. Did you throw some ofContinue reading “Eddie the Eagle”

Spectre

Release: Friday, November 6, 2015 [Theater] Written by: John Logan; Neal Purvis; Robert Wade; Jez Butterworth Directed by: Sam Mendes Spectre, a proposition with so much weight and symbolism behind it it required four writers to collaborate on the story. Four writers means four times the quality, right? Right . . . ? After three years James Bond comesContinue reading “Spectre”

Bridge of Spies

Release: Friday, October 16, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Matt Charman; Joel Coen; Ethan Coen Directed by: Steven Spielberg The Red Scare may be long since over but in Steven Spielberg’s 29th feature (!) we’re thrown right back into the thick of it as Tom Hanks is tapped to negotiate the swapping of two major (human) pawns caught in a protracted andContinue reading “Bridge of Spies”