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

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Kubo and the Two Strings

Release: Friday, August 19, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Marc Haimes; Chris Butler; Shannon Tindle Directed by: Travis Knight Kudos to Kubo for being a wee bit different. I mean, generally speaking his story isn't one you haven't seen before -- unless of course you've had since your diaper days an elaborate scheme for avoiding all things Disney for … Continue reading Kubo and the Two Strings

The Nice Guys

Release: Friday, May 20, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Shane Black; Anthony Bagarozzi Directed by: Shane Black Well, they're not quite Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang but The Nice Guys squeak in at a close second, offering up liberal doses of hilarity and action that's more fun than perhaps it ought to be. Which just leaves … Continue reading The Nice Guys

The Hateful Eight

Release: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Quentin Tarantino Directed by: Quentin Tarantino Quentin Tarantino isn't softening in his old(er) age. The Hateful Eight might be one of his most vicious pieces yet, an ode to the frankness of life on the frontier as filtered through the perspectives of some of the meanest, nastiest sumbitches this side … Continue reading The Hateful Eight

Tangerine

Release: Friday, July 10, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Sean Baker; Chris Bergoch Directed by: Sean Baker How I felt when I first tucked into indie dramedy Tangerine -- yes, that film, the one shot entirely on the iPhone 5s -- and how I felt when the last scene faded to black couldn't have been more radically different … Continue reading Tangerine

Creed

Release: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Ryan Coogler; Aaron Covington Directed by: Ryan Coogler Perhaps it's the fact that Creed feels more akin to a warm family reunion than a cold cash grab that unnecessarily extends a beloved boxing franchise that has allowed it to curry favor with both critics and audiences alike. The end product certainly doesn't stand on shaky legs, with early … Continue reading Creed

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Release: Friday, November 21, 2014 [Netflix] Written by: Ana Lily Amirpour Directed by: Ana Lily Amirpour  In Iranian-American Ana Lily Amirpour's first film only two things are certain: you will meet a girl, and you will see her walking home alone at night. Outside the realm of the obvious exists a strange and ominous atmosphere laden with unpredictability … Continue reading A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Actor Interview: Aussie Paul Eenhoorn talks ‘Land Ho!’

Experienced Aussie actor Paul Eenhoorn was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to talk about his most recent role as Colin in last summer's delightful and breezy buddy-comedy adventure Land Ho! The film tells the story of two former brothers-in-law, Colin and Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson) who take a much-needed trip to … Continue reading Actor Interview: Aussie Paul Eenhoorn talks ‘Land Ho!’

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