Angel Has Fallen

Release: Friday, August 23, 2019 →Netflix Written by: Robert Mark Kamen; Matt Cook; Ric Roman Waugh Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh Angel Has Fallen is the third but definitely not last installment in the Fallen action movie franchise. That there are enough of these movies to justify the word ‘franchise’ seems an indictment of the American Secret Service. HowContinue reading “Angel Has Fallen”

Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (Taxi Tehran)

Release: Friday, October 2, 2015 [Netflix] Written by: Jafar Panahi Directed by: Jafar Panahi Jafar Panahi is an Iranian filmmaker seemingly undeterred by the consequences of his actions. Those consequences have, as a matter of fact, formed the basis of some of his oeuvre, such as his acclaimed 2011 documentary This is Not a Film, wherein he captured a day inContinue reading “Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (Taxi Tehran)”

War Dogs

Release: Friday, August 19, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Todd Phillips; Stephen Chin; Jason Smilovic Directed by: Todd Phillips The unbelievability factor really works in War Dogs‘ favor. It has given a director of outrageous comedies and indeterminate skill considerable leverage. It has given actors who like playing jackasses free range to be themselves and we would never knowContinue reading “War Dogs”

Captain America: Civil War

Release: Friday, May 6, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Christopher Markus; Stephen McFeely Directed by: Anthony & Joe Russo Standing in a line of about 200 rabid fans an hour before the screening I was asked by a woman in line — a hot mom actually — if this was the line for the Avengers movie. I really wanted to tellContinue reading “Captain America: Civil War”

Midnight Special

Release: Friday, March 18, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Jeff Nichols Directed by: Jeff Nichols Add Midnight Special to the short but increasingly compelling list of reasons to keep an eye on Jeff Nichols, the director of Mud, an understated drama set on the bayou and one of a select few credited with reinvigorating Matthew McConaughey’s career circa 2013. Yeah, noContinue reading “Midnight Special”

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Release: Christmas Day 2013 [Theater] Nelson Mandela. Now there’s a name that has ‘Hollywood movie’ written all over it. With the passing of such an extraordinary figure a mere month ago, the moment doesn’t seem to be any riper for a major motion picture about him to be sweeping across the globe. While it’s pretty difficultContinue reading “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

TBT: Enemy of the State (1998)

With After Earth taking a plunge into less-than-mediocre territory since its opening a couple months back, Will Smith seemed there for awhile to be part of a conversation that I’m not used to him being included in. His judgment has been seriously questioned and criticized ever since getting his son on as the lead roleContinue reading “TBT: Enemy of the State (1998)”