Beautiful Boy

Release: Friday, October 12, 2018 (limited) →Theater Written by: Luke Davies; Felix van Groeningen Directed by: Felix van Groeningen I think it is important to note how specific an experience Beautiful Boy describes. Closing titles reveal some alarming statistics about the pervasiveness of drug abuse in America but the film does not presume to speak for everyone. This is aboutContinue reading “Beautiful Boy”

mid90s

Release: Friday, October 26, 2018 →Theater Written by: Jonah Hill Directed by: Jonah Hill Ahead of its premiere at TIFF earlier this year, débuting writer-director Jonah Hill said of his mid90s, a rough-around-the-edges, scrappy little slice-of-life drama extracted from the streets of L.A., that what he really didn’t want to do was create nostalgia porn. Honestly, this isContinue reading “mid90s”

Paul G — #11

Last time we were here, Paul was having to contend with an illusionist in Ed Norton’s brilliant(ly elusive) Eisenheim. Paul has certainly played a variety of interesting characters over his career. He has enjoyed perhaps a most unlikely of career trajectories, going from a relative unknown to a highly sought-after talent for both prominent supporting andContinue reading “Paul G — #11”

Paul G — #4

Last time we were here, Paul had plunged himself into a truly despicable role as a slave trader in Louisiana who played a fundamental role in the fate of Solomon Northup, a free man abducted in Washington D.C. to be sold into slavery in the south, where he’d remain for 12 years. Given that we’veContinue reading “Paul G — #4”

Knight of Cups

Release: Friday, March 4, 2016 (limited)  [Theater] Written by: Terrence Malick Directed by: Terrence Malick The cinematic poetry of Terrence Malick continues in his cryptic Knight of Cups, an offering that may well epitomize everything his admirers adore and everything detractors feel scorned by for not ‘getting.’ I know how pretentious that sounds but truth is I land squarelyContinue reading “Knight of Cups”

Straight Outta Compton

Release: Friday, August 14, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Jonathan Herman; Andrea Berloff Directed by: F. Gary Gray F. Gary Gray’s first directorial outing in six years debuted last weekend to the most successful opening for a musical biopic in cinematic history. Ignoring the 20 years that have elapsed since the tragic passing of N.W.A founder Eazy-E the occasion mightContinue reading “Straight Outta Compton”

Dope

Release: Friday, June 19, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Rick Famuyiwa Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa Rick Famuyiwa’s Sundance darling isn’t particularly revelatory filmmaking, but it’s much more intelligent than its dopey title suggests, rejecting racial stereotypes and erasing cultural gaps as confidently as it embraces its young leading trio as a righteous symbol of individualism. Dope channels an infectious spirit à la executiveContinue reading “Dope”

The D Train

Release: Friday, May 8, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Andrew Mogel; Jarrad Paul Directed by: Andrew Mogel; Jarrad Paul Ah, the time-honored ‘Act Like a Jackass at Your High School Reunion’ plot. Even though it’s a far cry from consistent entertainment, The D Train presents a valid argument for staying away from said social function if you’re not in the rightContinue reading “The D Train”

TBT: Almost Famous (2000)

As Will Smith notes in Independence Day, it ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings. And while I knew, deep down, there would not be any fat lady singing to indicate this feature had truly ended, I also knew there was no way I could stop doing these posts. It’s the longest-running feature on theContinue reading “TBT: Almost Famous (2000)”

McFarland USA

Release: Friday, February 20, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Christopher Cleveland; Bettina Gilois; Grant Thompson Directed by: Niki Caro Is this the part where I openly admit to becoming teary-eyed watching a Disney film? Or is that just way too honest? . . . . . hello . . . ? Guys . . . . . . ? AhContinue reading “McFarland USA”