Loving

Release: Friday, November 4, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Jeff Nichols Directed by: Jeff Nichols One of the most common red marks on my college papers was the criticism ‘Show, don’t tell.’ These notations littered my 300-level Opinion Writing assignments. I recall one particular article in which we had to discuss how a recent environmental disaster in Kingston, TennesseeContinue reading “Loving”

Elvis & Nixon

Release: Friday, April 22, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Joey Sagal; Hanala Sagal; Cary Elwes Directed by: Liza Johnson Maybe it would’ve been too cheesy to use, but I was totally surprised when I never heard the line “Elvis has left the building.” But let’s get one thing straight: Elvis & Nixon is plenty cheesy, so it might haveContinue reading “Elvis & Nixon”

Midnight Special

Release: Friday, March 18, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Jeff Nichols Directed by: Jeff Nichols Add Midnight Special to the short but increasingly compelling list of reasons to keep an eye on Jeff Nichols, the director of Mud, an understated drama set on the bayou and one of a select few credited with reinvigorating Matthew McConaughey’s career circa 2013. Yeah, noContinue reading “Midnight Special”

The Night Before

Release: Friday, November 20, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Jonathan Levine; Kyle Hunter; Ariel Shaffir; Evan Goldberg Directed by: Jonathan Levine I was enjoying, for the most part, the latest incarnation of the Seth Rogen and Friends Show, finding myself more than a little amused by their storming of New York City in an effort to live itContinue reading “The Night Before”

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 soundContinue reading “99 Homes”

The Franco Files – #8

Welcome to September, and the eighth edition of The Franco Files! Still going strong here, folks. . .even despite my apparent inability to really get going on diving deeper into his filmography beyond the recent things that I have seen him in. Some fan, eh? I know, I know. Here’s me reaching. Today’s entry is notContinue reading “The Franco Files – #8”

The Iceman

Release: Friday, May 3, 2013 (limited) [Redbox] General Zod ain’t got nothin’ on this dude’s ‘tude. . . The great Michael Shannon assumes the role of a paradoxical contract killer/family man, Richard Kuklinski — a man who proves that possessing two faces is only gonna get ya twice as hurt. And twice the jail time, inContinue reading “The Iceman”