Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Release: Friday, December 16, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Chris Weitz; Tony Gilroy Directed by: Gareth Edwards Gareth Edwards (Godzilla; Monsters) has been given the none-too-enviable task of linking two of cinema's most iconic trilogies. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story predicates the ultra-classic original space opera and follows on the heels of the considerably less classic trilogy that kicked off circa the turn of the … Continue reading Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Arrival

Release: Friday, November 11, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Eric Heisserer Directed by: Denis Villeneuve I'm just going to say it: Arrival is magnificent. It's also: 1) another grand gesture from the visionary Québécois Denis Villeneuve that's both sophisticated and stylish; 2) a film that really "makes you think;" 3) the antidote to the last several days in which the world has … Continue reading Arrival

Southpaw

Release: Friday, July 24, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Kurt Sutter Directed by: Antoine Fuqua Like its punch-drunk protagonist Antoine Fuqua's ode to blood sport sure can throw a powerful jab but its technique fails considerably when on defense. What does the film have to defend against, exactly? Only about three decades' worth of boxing movie cliches. That's if we're using … Continue reading Southpaw

Dope

Release: Friday, June 19, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Rick Famuyiwa Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa Rick Famuyiwa's Sundance darling isn't particularly revelatory filmmaking, but it's much more intelligent than its dopey title suggests, rejecting racial stereotypes and erasing cultural gaps as confidently as it embraces its young leading trio as a righteous symbol of individualism. Dope channels an infectious spirit à la executive … Continue reading Dope

TBT: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

The dog days of summer are upon us. It's August, and that means back to school for some and the vacations are mostly over for the families who have been basking in the glorious summer sun (though I look forward personally to some more reasonable temperatures. . . we pasty-skinned Brits burn just embarrassingly easily). Yes, August is the … Continue reading TBT: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)