It Comes at Night

Release: Friday, June 9, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Trey Edward Shults Directed by: Trey Edward Shults Trey Edward Shults’ sophomore feature It Comes at Night is a psychological horror film that traps the audience along with two families in an abandoned house in the woods that, over the course of a slow-burning 90 minutes, turns into a cauldronContinue reading “It Comes at Night”

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”

Life (2015)

Release: Friday, December 4, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Luke Davies Directed by: Anton Corbijn The spotlight shines once more upon Hollywood icon and heartthrob James Dean in the creatively titled 2015 biopic Life. Okay, so there actually is some nuance to the label. You can take it at face value but the film is more concerned with the relationship the actorContinue reading “Life (2015)”

Midnight Special

Release: Friday, March 18, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Jeff Nichols Directed by: Jeff Nichols Add Midnight Special to the short but increasingly compelling list of reasons to keep an eye on Jeff Nichols, the director of Mud, an understated drama set on the bayou and one of a select few credited with reinvigorating Matthew McConaughey’s career circa 2013. Yeah, noContinue reading “Midnight Special”

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”

Black Mass

Release: Friday, September 18, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Mark Mallouk; Jez Butterworth Directed by: Scott Cooper In Scott Cooper’s third film, Johnny Depp is one bad man. How bad? Bad enough to make the stench of his Charlie Mortdecai finally drift away, sure. But now another question is bugging me: what does he do after this? How longContinue reading “Black Mass”

The Gift

Release: Friday, August 7, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Joel Edgerton Directed by: Joel Edgerton The Gift is a kind of addictive drug. The more of it you consume the more of it you want. Considering this is the first time Australian actor Joel Edgerton has been in full control of a project, that may seem hyperbolic. However, the logic follows.Continue reading “The Gift”

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Release: Friday, December 12, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Adam Cooper; Bill Collage; Jeffrey Caine; Steven Zaillian  Directed by: Ridley Scott Often I feel that I am needlessly ambiguous with what I’m trying to say in past reviews, but here I have this concern I am going to be too overt. The great Ridley Scott — yes, the oneContinue reading “Exodus: Gods and Kings”

The Great Gatsby

Release: Friday, May 10, 2013 [Theater] A colorful cast and crew give F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel its most contemporary treatment yet in 2013, with The Great Gatsby refocused through the lenses of Baz Luhrmann. With an alignment of stars that immediately gives its characters life, and a costume/make-up department that rivals (and could possiblyContinue reading “The Great Gatsby”