Patriots Day

Release: Friday, January 13, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Peter Berg; Matt Cook; Joshua Zetumer  Directed by: Peter Berg The latest in Peter Berg's identikit tributes to American heroes deals with the events and aftermath of the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that resulted in three deaths and the injury of at least 280 others when two separate explosions … Continue reading Patriots Day

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Deepwater Horizon

Release: Friday, September 30, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Matthew Michael Carnahan; Matthew Sand Directed by: Peter Berg Peter Berg's dramatization of the BP oil spill in April of 2010 is a decidedly solid account of human bravery but it is an incomplete picture. Curiously, a film that spends time hashing out all the gory details never manages to … Continue reading Deepwater Horizon

Daddy’s Home

Release: Christmas Day 2015 [Theater] Written by: Sean Anders; Brian Burns; John Morris Directed by: Sean Anders Will Ferrell may not yet be suffering late-stage DeNiro, but if he's not careful he can still emasculate his career if he keeps up the habit of portraying people who get off on being abused by everyone else in the movie. He needs to … Continue reading Daddy’s Home

Ted 2

Release: Friday, June 26, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Seth MacFarlane; Alec Sulkin; Wellesley Wild Directed by: Seth MacFarlane Ted 2 turns out to be ridiculous, which in itself is ridiculous. . .because it's ridiculous to think the first was ridiculous enough to justify something ridiculous like a sequel. Everyone's favorite foul-mouthed stuffed teddy is growing up in the follow-up to … Continue reading Ted 2

Guestwriter: Mark Wahlberg gambles on Jim Bennett role

Today I'd like to share with you an interesting guest article that was proposed to me courtesy of Christine Lindon, representing an England-based marketing company, Wise Marketing. Earlier this year I had posted a review of Mark Wahlberg's then-latest film, the Rupert Wyatt-directed drama The Gambler. Given that Wahlberg is currently promoting a brand new … Continue reading Guestwriter: Mark Wahlberg gambles on Jim Bennett role

The Gambler

Release: Christmas Day 2014 [Theater] Written by: William Monahan Directed by: Rupert Wyatt Huh. So that's what it feels like to be completely ripped off by a movie. I mean, completely. Like, I know it's dumb to go all-in on a movie that has received so little attention and marketing for something that features the likes of Marky-Mark, the … Continue reading The Gambler

Lone Survivor

Release: Christmas Day 2013 (limited) [Theater] Before we dive into an analysis of this film, let's first get one thing straight: this is no Saving Private Ryan. The critic who made that comparison probably made it in the (understandably) dizzying buzz after experiencing an early screening of Peter Berg's war film and felt compelled to give … Continue reading Lone Survivor

2 Guns

Release: Thursday, August 1, 2013 [Theater] Gleefully tongue-in-cheek, 2 Guns is a mostly-successful buddy-cop action film that delves into the heart of a Mexican drug cartel while revealing surprising truths about the clientele it conducts business with. One could sense the lack of seriousness a mile away with this film. Fortunately, though, one gets exactly what … Continue reading 2 Guns