The Gentlemen

Release: Friday, January 24, 2020 →Theater Written by: Ivan Atkinson; Marn Davies; Guy Ritchie Directed by: Guy Ritchie The Gentlemen appears as a sight for sore eyes for anyone hoping for Guy Ritchie to return to form. After a string of generic blockbusters that kicked off with Sherlock Holmes in 2009 and then lasted forever, it seemed pretty clear heContinue reading “The Gentlemen”

The Beach Bum

Release: Friday, March 29, 2019 →Hulu Written by: Harmony Korine Directed by: Harmony Korine Spoiler alert for those who demand any lessons or morals be taught in a movie: The Beach Bum is not for you. It’s a hedonist adventure “from the mind of” Harmony Korine, a not-for-everyone kind of filmmaker notorious for creating dreamlike experiences that more or less forsakeContinue reading “The Beach Bum”

Serenity

Release: Friday, January 25, 2019 →Theater Written by: Steven Knight Directed by: Steven Knight This won’t be an exact science, but I don’t plan to see a movie worse than Serenity the rest of this year. Someone deliver me from the temptation to go on an excessive rant here. From the writer/director of the brilliantly ergonomic thriller Locke (2014) comesContinue reading “Serenity”

Month in Review: November ’18

To encourage a bit more variety in my blogging posts and to help distance this site from the one of old, I’m installing this monthly post where I summarize the previous month’s activity in a wraparound that will hopefully give people the chance to go back and find stuff they might have missed, as wellContinue reading “Month in Review: November ’18”

White Boy Rick

Release: Friday, September 14, 2018 →Theater Written by: Andy Weiss; Noah and Logan Miller Directed by: Yann Demange In his piece for the New York Observer, the innately likable Rex Reed writes of the White Boy Rick experience: “I can think of no reason any bright, witty or halfway sophisticated movie lover — or otherwise normal person —Continue reading “White Boy Rick”

Gold

Release: Friday, January 27, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Patrick Massett; John Zinman Directed by: Stephen Gaghan The prospect of finding cinematic gold in a true story directed by “the guy who wrote Traffic” and starring the winsome (and also Oscar-winning) Matthew McConaughey seems a sure thing. Unfortunately their first team-up proves how elusive success really can be. Stephen Gaghan looselyContinue reading “Gold”

Kubo and the Two Strings

Release: Friday, August 19, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Marc Haimes; Chris Butler; Shannon Tindle Directed by: Travis Knight Kudos to Kubo for being a wee bit different. I mean, generally speaking his story isn’t one you haven’t seen before — unless of course you’ve had since your diaper days an elaborate scheme for avoiding all things Disney forContinue reading “Kubo and the Two Strings”

Free State of Jones

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Gary Ross; Leonard Hartman Directed by: Gary Ross In Gary Ross’ new film, inspired by the life of Civil War medic-turned-rebel Newton Knight, the firepower has been upgraded from crossbows to muskets and bayonets, but both the fire and the power in the former Hunger Games director are absent in Free StateContinue reading “Free State of Jones”

Interstellar

Release: Friday, November 7, 2014 [RPX Theater] Written by: Jonathan Nolan; Christopher Nolan  Directed by: Christopher Nolan Interstellar is a fascinating adventure, even if its credibility is trumped by spectacle. And somewhere throughout this epic excursion to the far reaches of our universe I half expected Matthew McConaughey to make the pithy observation that Dorothy is not in KansasContinue reading “Interstellar”

The 86th Academy Awards Afterparty: Will there be pizza?

Despite my fascination with film, I consistently have never really cared for the awards ceremonies as I’ve always seen them as rather trifling procedures. The night of Sunday, March 2 barely amounts to more than a shallow beauty pageant. The proceedings inside L.A.’s famed Dolby Theater are in effect an incredibly expensive circus in whichContinue reading “The 86th Academy Awards Afterparty: Will there be pizza?”