Black Widow

Release: Friday, July 9, 2021 👀 Theater Written by: Eric Pearson Directed by: Cate Shortland Starring: Scarlett Johansson; Florence Pugh; David Harbour; Rachel Weisz     ***/***** Timing is everything. This applies, painfully so, to Black Widow, a film that feels compromised in a way few Marvel movies have. In her first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Machine director CateContinue reading “Black Widow”

Manchester By the Sea

Release: Friday, November 18, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Kenneth Lonergan Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan A good movie offers escapism. A better movie makes us think. But some of the best movies don’t necessarily allow us the luxury of escape. They challenge us to face the world that actually includes us, holding a mirror up to our own realities and daring usContinue reading “Manchester By the Sea”

Adult Beginners

Release: Friday, April 24, 2015 [Netflix] Written by: Jeff Cox; Liz Flahive; Nick Kroll Directed by: Ross Katz Fans of FX’s The League, here’s a movie you’ve kind of been waiting for. Kind of. And maybe ‘waiting for’ is extreme. Regardless of my lack of enthusiasm towards star Nick Kroll, Adult Beginners finds a way to encourage a moreContinue reading “Adult Beginners”

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 itContinue reading “The Wolfpack”

TBT: Toy Story (1995)

Given that today is a holiday I don’t really celebrate being British and all, I figured now would be as good a time as any to go back and visit an absolute classic from the mid-90s. Upon reading up on the film I realized it is also the 20th anniversary of the release, which by all accountsContinue reading “TBT: Toy Story (1995)”

Goosebumps

Release: Friday, October 16, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Darren Lemke; Scott Alexander; Larry Karaszewski Directed by: Rob Letterman If anyone asked me what got me into writing, I would tell them it was R.L. Stine. I wanted to be like him so much I came up with my own ghost stories as a kid; I even started mimicking the artworkContinue reading “Goosebumps”

JCR Factor #6

Greetings one and all. Thanks for joining Mr. Reilly and I for another edition of the John C. Reilly Factor — Thomas J’s latest character study. We move into September and back into drama with a look at a character I’ve only very recently been introduced to. This month, I have to be honest, isContinue reading “JCR Factor #6”

TBT: American Beauty (1999)

Unlike last week’s discovery, sometimes putting off a movie you’ve been aware of for many years is a strategy that pays dividends. Of course today we’re going to be looking at a movie that is so radically different that comparisons need not be made. I suppose the point of all this incessant rambling is for me toContinue reading “TBT: American Beauty (1999)”

McFarland USA

Release: Friday, February 20, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Christopher Cleveland; Bettina Gilois; Grant Thompson Directed by: Niki Caro Is this the part where I openly admit to becoming teary-eyed watching a Disney film? Or is that just way too honest? . . . . . hello . . . ? Guys . . . . . . ? AhContinue reading “McFarland USA”

Spare Parts

Release: Friday, January 16, 2015 (limited)  [Theater] Written by: Elissa Matsueda Directed by: Sean McNamara Well-intentioned but also thoroughly cliched, Sean McNamara’s strict adherence to the inspirational Wired.com article ‘La Vida Robot’ still manages to surprise with an atypical performance from George Lopez. Lopez plays Fredi Cameron, a substitute teacher whose inexperience with the troubled Carl Hayden Community High studentContinue reading “Spare Parts”