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 substance … Continue reading Queen of Katwe

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30-for-30: Four Falls of Buffalo

Release: Saturday, December 12, 2015 [Netflix] Directed by: Ken Rodgers It's easy to see why Ken Rodgers' retrospective has been described as a love letter, not just to sports fanatics but to the city of Buffalo itself. Pro football has a certain stigma attached to it in this part of the country. The Bills are more freely … Continue reading 30-for-30: Four Falls of Buffalo

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

The 33

Release: Friday, November 13, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Mikko Alanne; Craig Borten; Michael Thomas; Jose Rivera Directed by: Patricia Riggen Patricia Riggen's optimistic, spiritual account of the 2010 San José mining accident in which 33 miners were trapped 2,300 feet below ground for nearly three months collapses under the weight of a feebly written and executed script. Disaster … Continue reading The 33

The Theory of Everything

Release: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Anthony McCarten  Directed by: James Marsh If you want to talk ambition, meet British director James Marsh. He once thought it realistic to stuff everything Stephen Hawking-related into a two-hour romantic drama. There are obvious issues with such a strategy. Not so obvious perhaps are the compromises he's made in producing something worth watching. Or, maybe they … Continue reading The Theory of Everything