The Marvelous Brie Larson — #1

And here we go! Welcome to a brand new edition of Actor Profiles -- with a slight twist. Whereas my previous features focused on well-established actors, this time I am drawing attention to a star on the rise -- the marvelous Brie Larson. I suppose you could make the argument she has already arrived, having … Continue reading The Marvelous Brie Larson — #1

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Aquaman

Release: Friday, December 21, 2018 →Theater Written by: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick; Will Beall Directed by: James Wan Four weeks on and the box office still hasn't dried up for DC's latest superhero origins story, the rise of one Arthur Curry, a.k.a. the Aquaman. Director James Wan has kinda done the unthinkable (not to mention given his bosses a … Continue reading Aquaman

The Foreigner

Release: Friday, October 13, 2017 →Theater  Written by: David Marconi Directed by: Martin Campbell Martin Campbell has been behind two of my all-time favorite Bond movies, Casino Royale and Goldeneye (incidentally two films that also saw a changing of the guard amongst the ranks of the 00 elite), and now he's responsible for one of my favorite Jackie Chan … Continue reading The Foreigner

Stronger

Release: Friday, September 29, 2017 →Theater Written by: John Pollono Directed by: David Gordon Green David Gordon Green's tribute to one of the survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing is a cathartic experience. Though it treats its subject with respect and dignity, the film holds nothing back in its depiction of a life suddenly and violently … Continue reading Stronger

Lion

Release: Christmas Day 2016 [Theater] Written by: Luke Davies Directed by: Garth Davis Lion operates on behalf of non-profit organizations across the globe endeavoring to end the epidemic of child homelessness in developing nations. It is an earnest, emotionally charged exploration of a life less ordinary, simultaneously a delicate and powerful epic that should give hope to others who find themselves similarly … Continue reading Lion

The Little Prince

Release: Friday, August 5, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Irena Brignull; Bob Persichetti Directed by: Mark Osborne The Little Prince is a gem. It's a crime it never received a theatrical release. It's a heartwarming journey rivaling anything Pixar has created on an emotional and intellectual level, and perhaps it's the complex, multi-layered animation that truly sets the … Continue reading The Little Prince

30-for-30: The ’85 Bears

Release: Thursday, February 4, 2016 [Netflix] Directed by: Jason Hehir  There will never be another quite like the 1985 Chicago Bears defense. Or their offense. Or their coach(es). Or their cult of personality. If you're from the area you probably don't need the reminding, but Jason Hehir's surprisingly moving documentary makes it abundantly clear to the outside observer … Continue reading 30-for-30: The ’85 Bears

Room

Release: Friday, October 16, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Emma Donoghue Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson How does one begin to describe a film like Room? Do I write a poem? Do I send Lenny Abrahamson a letter saying 'thanks?' Do I wax lyrical about the emotional highs and lows only a film about a mother and son being isolated in … Continue reading Room

The Road Within

Release: Friday, April 17, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Gren Wells Directed by: Gren Wells The Road Within is far from a realistic take on how mental illness affects one's ability to socially interact but I'd be lying if I said it isn't incredibly uplifting and heartwarming. Gren Wells has created a wonderful pick-me-up and that's all you … Continue reading The Road Within

99 Homes

Release: Friday, September 25, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Ramin Bahrani; Amir Naderi Directed by: Ramin Bahrani I have tried several different ways of expressing my enthusiasm over this movie about the housing market collapse of 2008, but each time I have failed. For whatever reason I'm struggling to make things like home foreclosures and adjustable mortgage rates sound … Continue reading 99 Homes