Deepwater Horizon

Release: Friday, September 30, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Matthew Michael Carnahan; Matthew Sand Directed by: Peter Berg Peter Berg’s dramatization of the BP oil spill in April of 2010 is a decidedly solid account of human bravery but it is an incomplete picture. Curiously, a film that spends time hashing out all the gory details never manages toContinue reading “Deepwater Horizon”

Bølgen (The Wave)

Release: Friday, August 28, 2015  [Redbox] Written by: John Kåre Raake; Harald Rosenløw-Eeg Directed by: Roar Uthaug Norway’s official submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards failed to garner a nomination. While I would like to say it was their loss for turning away a disaster film that puts mostContinue reading “Bølgen (The Wave)”

Independence Day: Resurgence

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Roland Emmerich; Nicolas Wright; James A. Woods; Dean Devlin; James Vanderbilt Directed by: Roland Emmerich Nothing brings a tear to my eye faster than knowing that Earth’s mantle is going to be safe, at least until the next ill-advised blockbuster sequel. I really felt more for the core of the planet thanContinue reading “Independence Day: Resurgence”

The 33

Release: Friday, November 13, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Mikko Alanne; Craig Borten; Michael Thomas; Jose Rivera Directed by: Patricia Riggen Patricia Riggen’s optimistic, spiritual account of the 2010 San José mining accident in which 33 miners were trapped 2,300 feet below ground for nearly three months collapses under the weight of a feebly written and executed script. DisasterContinue reading “The 33”

30-for-30: The Day the Series Stopped

Release: Sunday, October 12, 2014 [Netflix] Directed by: Ryan Fleck October 17, 1989. Game 3 of the World Series, the Battle of the Bay. It was the Oakland Athletics squaring off against the decidedly more white collar-catering San Francisco Giants. The A’s were up 2-0 in a series they would go on to sweep. On this dayContinue reading “30-for-30: The Day the Series Stopped”

Everest

Release: Friday, September 18, 2015 [Theater] Written by: William Nicholson; Simon Beaufoy Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur There are a great many A-list names attached to this cinematic treatment of a particularly dark chapter in the history of Mt. Everest, yet the only one that really matters is the one given to the mountain. As a climber forebodingly notesContinue reading “Everest”

Jurassic World

Release: Friday, June 12, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Colin Trevorrow; Rick Jaffa; Amanda Silver; Derek Connolly Directed by: Colin Trevorrow This movie makes me nostalgic for the days of Jurassic Park III and The Lost World. Jurassic World has nothing new to offer, and is more comfortable hugging close to its parent than wandering off on its own andContinue reading “Jurassic World”

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 asContinue reading “San Andreas”

Transcendence

Release: Friday, April 18, 2014 [Theater] Lol, uh. . .wut? Well, this WAS supposed to be the ‘don’t-give-up-yet-on-Johnny-Depp’ movie, one that would give the colorful thespian room to breathe without his usual cloak of weirdness. . .no Captain Jack Sparrow accent, no scissor hands and no crazy Tonto face paint this time. In a cruel twist of fate,Continue reading “Transcendence”

A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce)

Release: Friday, October 4, 2013 [Redbox] If ever you wanted to test the limits of your moviegoing patience and goodwill, rent a little flick by the name of Adult Children of Divorce, or A.C.O.D. for short. A nail biter, a fist-clencher, an intensely palm-sweating experience for all of the wrong reasons, first-time director Stu Zicherman’s romanticContinue reading “A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce)”