The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Release: Friday, November 9, 2018 (limited)  →Netflix Written by: Joel Coen; Ethan Coen  Directed by: Ethan Coen; Joel Coen For a fleeting moment The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the new Coen brothers film — a big shiny red apple waiting to be plucked from the ever-growing Netflix tree — was also available for more traditional consumption in theaters. But whoContinue reading “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

Widows

Release: Friday, November 16, 2018 →Theater Written by: Gillian Flynn; Steve McQueen Directed by: Steve McQueen Steve McQueen, master of the discomforting drama, is back at it again with Widows, an uncommonly menacing heist thriller that makes room for trenchant social commentary in between fits of short-lived but significant action. Given his past films, I guess I understandContinue reading “Widows”

The Commuter

Release: Friday, January 12, 2018 →Theater Written by: Byron Willinger; Philip de Blasi; Ryan Engle Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra The Commuter is the fourth time director Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson have teamed up to deliver you the questionable goods. Sure, it was Pierre Morel’s Taken that discovered the fountain of ass-kicking youth within the 66-year-old actor, but it’s SerraContinue reading “The Commuter”

Silence

Release: Friday, January 13, 2017  [Theater] Written by: Jay Cocks; Martin Scorsese Directed by: Martin Scorsese Marty’s new film is so tonally different from what he last put out it made me feel like I was atoning for all those good times I had with Jordan Belfort and company in his Wall Street-based bacchanalian. Silence is such a brutal watch IContinue reading “Silence”

TBT: Love Actually (2003)

Once more I’m faced with writing about a movie I have never seen before. (Shouldn’t these TBTs be movies from my past, from my childhood? Isn’t that what a ‘throwback’ really is, a memory?) Yes, somewhere along the way I kind of lost my focus, or maybe I just don’t watch enough movies to makeContinue reading “TBT: Love Actually (2003)”

Run All Night

Release: Friday, March 13, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Brad Ingelsby Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra Emotionally resonant, impressively acted and frenetically paced to a fault, the latest demonstration of Neeson’s physical and intellectual stamina may suffer from a case of ‘been there, done that’ but that’s more in reference to the general direction this new release takes and lessContinue reading “Run All Night”

A Walk Among the Tombstones

Release: Friday, September 19, 2014 [Theater] Mr. Neeson’s very particular set of skills, while not applied quite as liberally this time around, still make themselves available during creative bursts of energy in this brand new crime thriller from Scott Frank. There’s a chill in the air and an eerie quiet about the New York City imagined in AContinue reading “A Walk Among the Tombstones”

Third Person

Release: Friday, June 20, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Putting it mildly, Third Person is a rather luke-warm rumination on romance whose title feels fairly appropriate considering how much the content likes to emotionally strand the viewer for over two painfully long hours. In fact the lethargic pace is such that it’s easy to get the impression the director really doesn’tContinue reading “Third Person”

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Released: Friday, May 30, 2014 [Theater] Oh, Seth. Seth, Seth, Seth, Seth, Seth. . . . . Seth MacFarlane. It’s a name a great many are likely tiring of by now, maybe for good reason, maybe for ones less so. Judge as you will, but I’ve tried to make a case for the guy for awhile. I’mContinue reading “A Million Ways to Die in the West”

Non-Stop

Release: Friday, February 28, 2014 [Theater] In this episode, Liam’s on a mission to make sure one hundred and fifty million doll-hairs are transferred into the proper account otherwise. . . . .well, you can probably guess what the otherwise is. This is another one of those instances where you can glean everything you need toContinue reading “Non-Stop”