The Commuter

Release: Friday, January 12, 2018 →Theater Written by: Byron Willinger; Philip de Blasi; Ryan Engle Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra The Commuter is the fourth time director Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson have teamed up to deliver you the questionable goods. Sure, it was Pierre Morel’s Taken that discovered the fountain of ass-kicking youth within the 66-year-old actor, but it’s SerraContinue reading “The Commuter”

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”

Filth

Release: Friday, April 25, 2014 (limited)  [Netflix] Written by:  Jon S. Baird Directed by: Jon S. Baird  What’s that old adage — nice guys finish last? Nice guys are also chumps. James McAvoy as Scottish Detective Sergeant Bruce Robinson added that last part. It wasn’t me. I’m not the guy bumping a line or two before work,Continue reading “Filth”

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 mustContinue reading “Everly”

Deliver Us From Evil

Release: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 [Theater] If the word ‘evil’ here can be interchanged with ‘boredom,’ then this is the perfect title for a film as lacking in personality as Scott Derrickson’s attempt at repackaging familiar themes to produce a unique experience. Cliches are bountiful to the point of infiltrating the project’s title. Deliver Us From EvilContinue reading “Deliver Us From Evil”

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Release: Christmas Day 2013 [Theater] Nelson Mandela. Now there’s a name that has ‘Hollywood movie’ written all over it. With the passing of such an extraordinary figure a mere month ago, the moment doesn’t seem to be any riper for a major motion picture about him to be sweeping across the globe. While it’s pretty difficultContinue reading “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

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”

Closed Circuit

Release: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 [Theater] Shortly after seeing Closed Circuit, my brain short-circuited. After a serious cerebral work-out trying to figure out why any of the events that occur in this British pseudo-psychothriller really matter, I may have injured myself. I apologize if this review doesn’t come out all that coherently and/or if details areContinue reading “Closed Circuit”

2 Guns

Release: Thursday, August 1, 2013 [Theater] Gleefully tongue-in-cheek, 2 Guns is a mostly-successful buddy-cop action film that delves into the heart of a Mexican drug cartel while revealing surprising truths about the clientele it conducts business with. One could sense the lack of seriousness a mile away with this film. Fortunately, though, one gets exactly whatContinue reading “2 Guns”

TBT: Enemy of the State (1998)

With After Earth taking a plunge into less-than-mediocre territory since its opening a couple months back, Will Smith seemed there for awhile to be part of a conversation that I’m not used to him being included in. His judgment has been seriously questioned and criticized ever since getting his son on as the lead roleContinue reading “TBT: Enemy of the State (1998)”