Passengers

Release: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Jon Spaihts Directed by: Morten Tyldum Morten Tyldum is a Norwegian director who has been on the fast-track to success ever since bursting on to the world stage in 2011 with his critically acclaimed Headhunters, an action thriller based upon a novel by Norwegian author Jo Nesbø and featuring a Scandinavian cast. He’s never lookedContinue reading “Passengers”

Why Him?

Release: Friday, December 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: John Hamburg; Ian Helfer Directed by: John Hamburg My biggest gripe with Why Him? It’s actually not that it represents yet another painfully unfunny Christmas comedy. Well, it kind of is. I’m dismayed more because it is a painfully unfunny Christmas comedy starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston. Bryan Cranston! AlsoContinue reading “Why Him?”

Assassin’s Creed

Release: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Michael Lesslie; Adam Cooper; Bill Collage Directed by: Justin Kurzel Assassin’s Creed is simply not interesting enough for those who never played the game. You might fairly ask me why I would choose to sit through a movie based on a video game I never played. Um, I was expecting the acting pedigreeContinue reading “Assassin’s Creed”

Bleed for This

Release: Friday, November 18, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Ben Younger; Angelo Pizzo; Pippa Bianco Directed by: Ben Younger Bleed for This is an intense title for an underwhelming boxing movie. Its hyperbolic nature suggests a scream-o/punk-rock band’s new single when really it’s meant to describe the mentality of one Vinny Pazienza, a boxer from Providence, Rhode Island who returned to the ring afterContinue reading “Bleed for This”

The Magnificent Seven

Release: Friday, September 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Richard Wenk; Nic Pizzolatto Directed by: Antoine Fuqua Try as they might, Antoine Fuqua continues falling well short of the benchmark set by his 2001 smash hit Training Day and Chris Pratt can’t quite make this the Guardians of the Galaxy of the ole wild west. Despite bear-dressing-like-people jokes he is merely oneContinue reading “The Magnificent Seven”

Snowden

Release: Friday, September 16, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Oliver Stone; Kieran Fitzgerald Directed by: Oliver Stone Oliver Stone tackles one of the most elusive and polarizing figures of the 21st Century in his Edward Snowden biopic, a match made in cinematic heaven given Stone’s penchant for courting controversy with the material he works with. So why doesn’t itContinue reading “Snowden”

Anomalisa

Release: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 (limited) [Redbox] Written by: Charlie Kaufman Directed by: Charlie Kaufman; Duke Johnson Someone please give Michael Stone a hug. I’m starting an online petition to see if we can get Michael Stone just one good hug, because he really, really, really, really, really needs one. Either him or writer-director Charlie Kaufman, I’m not sureContinue reading “Anomalisa”

Lights Out

Release: Friday, July 22, 2016 [Theater*] Written by: Eric Heisserer Directed by: David F. Sandberg In Swedish filmmaker David F. Sandberg’s feature debut, an expanded realization of a short film he made in 2013, something sinister lurks in the absence of light and enjoys tormenting anyone unfortunate enough to be in the same room with it. That is, ofContinue reading “Lights Out”

Free State of Jones

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Gary Ross; Leonard Hartman Directed by: Gary Ross In Gary Ross’ new film, inspired by the life of Civil War medic-turned-rebel Newton Knight, the firepower has been upgraded from crossbows to muskets and bayonets, but both the fire and the power in the former Hunger Games director are absent in Free StateContinue reading “Free State of Jones”

30-for-30: Believeland

Release: Saturday, May 14, 2016 [Netflix] Directed by: Andy Billman Imagine growing up in a city where you’re taught, almost assuredly from at least the eighth grade onward, that losing is a reality you must accept, simply based on some silly geographic lottery that you were thrust into at birth. Surprise! You’re from Cleveland, and your acclimatization to watchingContinue reading “30-for-30: Believeland”