Beautiful Boy

Release: Friday, October 12, 2018 (limited) →Theater Written by: Luke Davies; Felix van Groeningen Directed by: Felix van Groeningen I think it is important to note how specific an experience Beautiful Boy describes. Closing titles reveal some alarming statistics about the pervasiveness of drug abuse in America but the film does not presume to speak for everyone. This is aboutContinue reading “Beautiful Boy”

Operation Finale

Release: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 →Theater Written by: Matthew Orton Directed by: Chris Weitz Operation Finale takes audiences on a top secret mission into the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires, following a group of Israeli spies as they attempt to capture a high-ranking Nazi officer who fled Europe at the end of the war to seemingly escape withoutContinue reading “Operation Finale”

Lion

Release: Christmas Day 2016 [Theater] Written by: Luke Davies Directed by: Garth Davis Lion operates on behalf of non-profit organizations across the globe endeavoring to end the epidemic of child homelessness in developing nations. It is an earnest, emotionally charged exploration of a life less ordinary, simultaneously a delicate and powerful epic that should give hope to others who find themselves similarlyContinue reading “Lion”

Loving

Release: Friday, November 4, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Jeff Nichols Directed by: Jeff Nichols One of the most common red marks on my college papers was the criticism ‘Show, don’t tell.’ These notations littered my 300-level Opinion Writing assignments. I recall one particular article in which we had to discuss how a recent environmental disaster in Kingston, TennesseeContinue reading “Loving”

Queen of Katwe

Release: Friday, September 23, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: William Wheeler Directed by: Mira Nair Despite the illusion of diversity and the notion that films are now being tailor-made for niched audiences, director Mira Nair’s latest feels like a rarity, one that’s not only good for the soul, but good for Disney. Here is a work of substanceContinue reading “Queen of Katwe”

30-for-30: Survive and Advance

Release: Sunday, March 17, 2013 [Netflix] Directed by: Jonathan Hock Thrown off balance by Houston’s sudden switch to the zone defense, the North Carolina State Wolfpack, “the cardiac kids,” scrapped to find a last-second shot that would once again elevate them over their opponent and into the upper echelon of improbable victories. But there were seven seconds left onContinue reading “30-for-30: Survive and Advance”

The Lucky 13 Film Club: The Revenant

Originally posted on Cindy Bruchman:
Thank you, Tom at Digital Shortbread, for co-hosting this month’s feature of the Lucky 13 Film Club. Tom’s reviews are gracefully constructed and insightful. I highly recommend you check out his site; start with his full review of  Buffalo Skulls TOM’S IMPRESSIONS  I’m of the thinking that the best dramas…

The Revenant

Release: Friday, January 8, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Alejandro González Iñárritu; Mark L. Smith Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu There are some things in The Revenant that you can’t un-see. Like the bloody confrontation between the Arikara tribe and Captain Andrew Henry’s men in the very first scene. Or a human body torn apart by monstrous bear claws. These moments transcend shockContinue reading “The Revenant”

Spotlight

Release: Friday, November 6, 2015 (limited)  [Theater] Written by: Thomas McCarthy; Josh Singer Directed by: Thomas McCarthy Every so often a film drops with little or no warning and leaves a lasting impression. 12 Years a Slave did it three years ago via punishing violence and bravura performances; a year later Gravity achieved unparalleled visual grandeur films two years on are still trying to match. Spotlight almostContinue reading “Spotlight”

Straight Outta Compton

Release: Friday, August 14, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Jonathan Herman; Andrea Berloff Directed by: F. Gary Gray F. Gary Gray’s first directorial outing in six years debuted last weekend to the most successful opening for a musical biopic in cinematic history. Ignoring the 20 years that have elapsed since the tragic passing of N.W.A founder Eazy-E the occasion mightContinue reading “Straight Outta Compton”