The Founder

Release: Friday, January 20, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Robert Siegel  Directed by: John Lee Hancock Michael Keaton is such a good actor he will make you feel bad for McDonald's. Not the McDonald's of today, mind you, who never honors your request for no pickles, but the quaint San Bernardino burger stand run by the McDonalds brothers, the … Continue reading The Founder

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99 Homes

Release: Friday, September 25, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Ramin Bahrani; Amir Naderi Directed by: Ramin Bahrani I have tried several different ways of expressing my enthusiasm over this movie about the housing market collapse of 2008, but each time I have failed. For whatever reason I'm struggling to make things like home foreclosures and adjustable mortgage rates sound … Continue reading 99 Homes

Wild

Release: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Nick Hornby  Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée  In Wild Reese Witherspoon is desperate to escape her home life. Does she succeed? I could spoil the movie right from the get-go and answer that question but I actually do have a heart, so I won't. (Plus, I'm fairly sure anyone should … Continue reading Wild

When the Game Stands Tall

Release: Friday, August 22, 2014 [Theater] Dignity and courage. Those are two words you cannot separate out of any sports movie, good, bad or ugly. Whether handled delicately or with blunt force, there comes a point where the film either shoehorns in these values or cleverly suggests them through a combination of strong writing and impassioned performance. When the Game Stands Tall is … Continue reading When the Game Stands Tall