Spider-Man: Homecoming

Release: Friday, July 7, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Jon Watts; Jonathan Goldstein; John Francis Daley; Christopher Ford; Chris McKenna; Erik Sommers Directed by: Jon Watts The only thing that’s slightly unconvincing about the high school experience as depicted in Jon Watts’ re-re-freakin’-re-boot is the distinct lack of oily skin and pimples. Nobody ever looks as liberated from acneContinue reading “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

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, theContinue reading “The Founder”

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”

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Release: Friday, October 17, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu; Nicolás Giacobone; Alexander Dinelaris Jr.; Armando Bo Directed by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu  Michael Keaton as Birdman as Batman, is awesome. Behind him, a coterie of memorable characters, some fictitious and others parodies of the performers playing them. There’s Ed Norton in his underwear, Emma Stone in a drugContinue reading “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Need for Speed

Release: Friday, March 14, 2014 [Theater] At the very least, Need for Speed has a need for tighter editing. One lap around this fast track will take you a little over two hours, a gratuitous length of time for a movie that centers around a videogame about street racing. The other obvious question is what, ifContinue reading “Need for Speed”

RoboCop

Release: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 [Theater] It takes guts to be RoboCop. Almost quite literally, nothing more and nothing less. Swedish hunk Joel Kinnaman assumes the iconic role of Detroit police officer Alex Murphy in José Padilha’s controversial decision to ignore the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality, as it were. Kinnaman (The GirlContinue reading “RoboCop”