John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

Release: Friday, May 17, 2019 → Theater Written by: Derek Kolstad; Shay Hatten; Chris Collins; Marc Abrams Directed by: Chad Stahelski Actions have consequences, as we are quite explicitly shown (and told, too!) in the ultra-violent third installment of the brawn-over-brains John Wick franchise. Literally footsteps removed from the mayhem of 2017’s Chapter 2, JohnContinue reading “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum”

Free Fire

Release: Friday, April 21, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Amy Jump; Ben Wheatley Directed by: Ben Wheatley Free Fire is 85 minutes of pure farce, and it’s kind of awesome. It’s also great news for those who have been wondering if they would ever see a pre-Madonna Guy Ritchie film again. Of course, this isn’t his film; he’s off doing thatContinue reading “Free Fire”

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”

Hardcore Henry

Release: Friday, April 8, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Ilya Naishuller Directed by: Ilya Naishuller Hardcore Henry isn’t a film for the thinking man. That might even be obvious from the title, one that hints at a crude breed of action-thriller where people excessively swear, have lots of tattoos and women — and innocent bystanders — are as disposable as a KodakContinue reading “Hardcore Henry”

Elvis & Nixon

Release: Friday, April 22, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Joey Sagal; Hanala Sagal; Cary Elwes Directed by: Liza Johnson Maybe it would’ve been too cheesy to use, but I was totally surprised when I never heard the line “Elvis has left the building.” But let’s get one thing straight: Elvis & Nixon is plenty cheesy, so it might haveContinue reading “Elvis & Nixon”

Jane Got a Gun

Release: Friday, January 29, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Brian Duffield; Anthony Tambakis; Joel Edgerton Directed by: Gavin O’Connor Call it a troubled production but don’t call it a complete misfire. Though it may be a few shoot-outs short of a memorable western, Jane Got a Gun still gots a job to do and it does it rather well all thingsContinue reading “Jane Got a Gun”

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Release: Friday, January 15, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Chuck Hogan Directed by: Michael Bay Michael Bay visits the Middle East in only his second non-Transformers extravaganza in nearly a decade. Following in the footsteps of Clint Eastwood (American Sniper) and Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), Bay seems to have had an epiphany of his very own: I too can profit enormouslyContinue reading “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”

Spectre

Release: Friday, November 6, 2015 [Theater] Written by: John Logan; Neal Purvis; Robert Wade; Jez Butterworth Directed by: Sam Mendes Spectre, a proposition with so much weight and symbolism behind it it required four writers to collaborate on the story. Four writers means four times the quality, right? Right . . . ? After three years James Bond comesContinue reading “Spectre”

Beasts of No Nation

Release: Friday, October 16, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Cary Joji Fukunaga Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga Beasts of No Nation represents another first for the mecca of online streaming media that is Netflix, becoming its first original feature-film debut, and a potent one at that. Despite voluntarily sacrificing potential business, major theater chains such as AMC, Regal and Carmike are throwing a hissy fit and refusingContinue reading “Beasts of No Nation”

TBT: Unforgiven (1992)

Thursdays come around pretty quickly, do they not? It seems only yesterday I was babbling on excessively about Chinatown and now, here we are, forging new frontiers yet again in October. This month is shaping up to be one of the most eclectic groups of films I’ve yet had on this blog, which is kindContinue reading “TBT: Unforgiven (1992)”