La La Land

Release: Friday, December 9, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Damien Chazelle  Directed by: Damien Chazelle  Damien Chazelle's critically-acclaimed modern musical is being hailed as one of the most original movies in years. That's not surprising given the cinematic environment into which it has been born. It's hard not to appreciate the oasis in a sprawling desert. While Disney … Continue reading La La Land

The Wolfpack

Release: Friday, June 12, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Directed by: Crystal Moselle Short film director Crystal Moselle's first feature-length documentary probably would have never happened if she weren't on the right street corner at the right time of day. Her chance encounter with the Angulo brothers on the streets of New York one afternoon would seem like serendipity had it … Continue reading The Wolfpack

The Gift

Release: Friday, August 7, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Joel Edgerton Directed by: Joel Edgerton The Gift is a kind of addictive drug. The more of it you consume the more of it you want. Considering this is the first time Australian actor Joel Edgerton has been in full control of a project, that may seem hyperbolic. However, the logic follows. … Continue reading The Gift

Everly

Release: Friday, February 27, 2015 [Redbox] Written by: Yale Hannon Directed by: Joe Lynch There's an unshakable sense Joe Lynch and company didn't fully appreciate the opportunity they had with Salma Hayek playing the lead in this economical, often comically violent home invasion thriller. Despite having a strong presence Hayek is relegated to the role of Donkey Kong: all she must … Continue reading Everly

Ted 2

Release: Friday, June 26, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Seth MacFarlane; Alec Sulkin; Wellesley Wild Directed by: Seth MacFarlane Ted 2 turns out to be ridiculous, which in itself is ridiculous. . .because it's ridiculous to think the first was ridiculous enough to justify something ridiculous like a sequel. Everyone's favorite foul-mouthed stuffed teddy is growing up in the follow-up to … Continue reading Ted 2

San Andreas

Release: Friday, May 29, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Carlton Cuse Directed by: Brad Peyton San Andreas turns a massive crack in the earth into the Ultron of natural disaster villains, and Dwayne Johnson seems to be the only man fit to star opposite in this chunk of supposed summer entertainment. The former wrestler fits in well with his surroundings as … Continue reading San Andreas

Run All Night

Release: Friday, March 13, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Brad Ingelsby Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra Emotionally resonant, impressively acted and frenetically paced to a fault, the latest demonstration of Neeson's physical and intellectual stamina may suffer from a case of 'been there, done that' but that's more in reference to the general direction this new release takes and less … Continue reading Run All Night

St. Vincent

Release: Friday, October 24, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Theodore Melfi Directed by: Theodore Melfi In St. Vincent Bill Murray is the sort-of-bad guy, and Melissa McCarthy is the sort-of-saint. The role-reversal almost seems self-congratulatory it's so overt. But does that make this comedy a bad movie? That largely depends on how you define 'a bad movie.' That nine-letter phrase can … Continue reading St. Vincent

Godzilla

Release: Friday, May 16, 2014 [RPX Theater] I AM GARETH EDWARDS, HEAR ME ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who? Oh, a nobody, other than the guy who's responsible for retrofitting the world's most famous monster for a 21st Century outing. The British director has been in charge of at least one more monster-related movie. It was actually ingeniously titled Monsters. Now, … Continue reading Godzilla