Just a Quick Thought: Thank you, Craig

Craig Sager, the long-time sideline reporter for the Turner broadcasting network, passed away today, December 15, 2016 at the age of 65 after a long and courageous battle with acute myeloid leukemia. He leaves behind a wife and five children, as well as a spot on the sidelines and a place in front of theContinue reading “Just a Quick Thought: Thank you, Craig”

Special Correspondents

Release: Friday, April 29, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Ricky Gervais Directed by: Ricky Gervais  I’m suspicious of any movie that literally ends with the line “This is like the end of a movie.” While exemplary of the meta flavor of comedy that’s been en vogue since at least the mid-2000s, that line is also symptomatic of aContinue reading “Special Correspondents”

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Release: Wednesday, March 4, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Robert Carlock Directed by: Glenn Ficarra; John Requa The civilian translation of this film’s odd title applies to this strange concoction in more ways than I’m sure the filmmakers intended. I left the picture feeling more confused about American relations with the Middle East than I did entering it. Perhaps that’s theContinue reading “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”

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”

Truth

Release: Friday, October 30, 2015 [Theater] Written by: James Vanderbilt Directed by: James Vanderbilt Truth be told, a movie featuring household names like Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett, one propped up on real-world events of this magnitude shouldn’t feel like a chore to get through. Yet, here we are. To clear the air first: don’t think of this asContinue reading “Truth”

True Story

Release: Friday, April 17, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Rupert Goold; David Kajganich Directed by: Rupert Goold True story: Rupert Goold’s cinematic adaptation of the memoir penned by disgraced New York Times writer Michael Finkel elicits more yawns than being forced to sit through days’ worth of testimony in an actual courtroom would. It ought to be a compliment thatContinue reading “True Story”

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”

Nightcrawler

Release: Friday, October 31, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Dan Gilroy Directed by: Dan Gilroy For anyone reeling in nostalgia for the days of Donnie Darko, boy do I have some good news for you. Jake Gyllenhaal is back and at least for the moment seems untouchable once more, playing the consummate weirdo very few of us are likelyContinue reading “Nightcrawler”

30-for-30: The Legend of Jimmy the Greek

Release: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 [Netflix] Directed by: Fritz Mitchell I’m wondering who in this room would recognize the name Dimetrios Georgios Synodinos. I’d be willing to bet many more might if I then revealed this was merely the less-glamorous birth name given to the one and only Jimmy “the Greek” Snyder. And if you’re still finding yourself asking, “Who?” —Continue reading “30-for-30: The Legend of Jimmy the Greek”