Month in Review: August ’19

Well, whaddya know! The little rink-a-dink movie theater down the road from me has just re-opened, and to the tune of recliner seats, dine-in options and a totally revamped lobby that actually makes you feel like you’ve made a good decision with your money by having trotted out to the Pictures. Cinépolis Mansfield (the newContinue reading “Month in Review: August ’19”

Wind River

Release: Friday, August 18, 2017 →Theater Written by: Taylor Sheridan Directed by: Taylor Sheridan Wind River is a haunting little crime thriller that creeps into your soul and nestles there. It’s brought to you by the writer of Sicario and last year’s Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water, which may tell you everything you need to know about thisContinue reading “Wind River”

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 hasContinue reading “Arrival”

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”

Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Release: Friday, May 1, 2015 [RPX Theater] Written by: Joss Whedon Directed by: Joss Whedon In the chaotic and climactic final twenty minutes a wistfulness arose within me, and though I didn’t let it fully disengage me from one of the year’s most ambitious CGI spectacles I was annoyed I let it happen. I knew it was going to, though.Continue reading “Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron”

Kill the Messenger

Release: Friday, October 10, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Peter Landesman  Directed by: Michael Cuesta Stories like this make me feel better about writing about less hardcore things than politics  . . . . like movies. Because even as a much-loathed film critic your work may come home with you, but it’s not likely to ever actually follow you home. (Unless,Continue reading “Kill the Messenger”

American Hustle

Release: Friday, December 20, 2013 [Theater] Catch Me If You Can‘s little brother decides to show its face in 2013, sporting a cool name, a slick, sexy visage and the necessary wardrobe/make-up department to cover up all the acne pimples and skin blemishes its suffering from as it starts to stumble awkwardly into adolescence. To thatContinue reading “American Hustle”