Kevin Hart: What Now?

Release: Friday, October 14, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Kevin Hart; Joey Wells; Harry Ratchford; Brian Buccellato Directed by: Leslie Small; Tim Story Kevin Hart: What Now? isn’t quite as groundbreaking as the marketing may have you believe, but if you’re a fan of his stand-up it remains a must-see event. While the venue itself suggests the next phase in the evolution of this hyperkinetic ballContinue reading “Kevin Hart: What Now?”

The Night Before

Release: Friday, November 20, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Jonathan Levine; Kyle Hunter; Ariel Shaffir; Evan Goldberg Directed by: Jonathan Levine I was enjoying, for the most part, the latest incarnation of the Seth Rogen and Friends Show, finding myself more than a little amused by their storming of New York City in an effort to live itContinue reading “The Night Before”

The Voices

Release: Friday, February 6, 2015 [Redbox] Written by: Michael R. Perry Directed by: Marjane Satrapi I always knew cats were inherently evil. What with their pawing and purring and hairballs and general infatuation with chasing their own tails. Is evil the right word? In this case, yes . . . yes it is; cats take on an entirely darkerContinue reading “The Voices”

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”

When the Game Stands Tall

Release: Friday, August 22, 2014 [Theater] Dignity and courage. Those are two words you cannot separate out of any sports movie, good, bad or ugly. Whether handled delicately or with blunt force, there comes a point where the film either shoehorns in these values or cleverly suggests them through a combination of strong writing and impassioned performance. When the Game Stands Tall isContinue reading “When the Game Stands Tall”

Begin Again

Release: Friday, June 27, 2014 (limited) [Theater] A disgraced record label executive has a chance run-in with a down-on-her-luck musician at a bar and the two forge a friendship that inspires more than great music — it reinvigorates one another’s thirst for life. The Hulk takes a chill pill as Mark Ruffalo fits himself back into aContinue reading “Begin Again”

TBT: Twister (1996)

So today the stars have aligned, and it being the tenth of the month both TBT and The Franco Files have merged on the same day! Given the performance I decided to highlight with July’s installment of TFF, and the fact it involves a pretty ridiculous tornado, I started thinking about movies featuring similarly whacky weather.Continue reading “TBT: Twister (1996)”

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Release: Friday, June 6, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Shep Gordon. To not know him is to not live. Or love. Possibly both. The name’s iconic in at least the music and film industries, after the would-be social worker established his reputation as an idiosyncratic, freewheeling talent manager who stumbled into the gig thanks to a comical encounter involving JanisContinue reading “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon”

The Grand Seduction

Release: Friday, May 30, 2014 (limited) [Theater] The theater where I went to see this film didn’t serve nearly the appropriate amount of my favorite lager. They also failed to carry appropriate beer-drinking mugs. So, making do with what I had, I found myself toasting the events on screen with a luke-warm plastic cup filled with aContinue reading “The Grand Seduction”

Don Jon

Release: Friday, September 27, 2013  [Theater] Stop it Jon, you’re making me blush. . . . . . . . Stop it! Haha, oh, you silly man, you. E-hem. . . . sorry. As I was saying. . . .Joseph Gordon-Levitt goes for broke here, starring in his big screen directorial and writing debut. He’s JonContinue reading “Don Jon”