The Scarlett Johansson Project — #7

I could not wait to get to this one. This is actually the one performance that made me officially choose Scarlett Johansson this year over my other choice. Casting my mind all the way back to 2014, I remember walking out of the theater a total wreck. For anyone who has ever had an ex,Continue reading “The Scarlett Johansson Project — #7”

Top That: Five Movies I Probably Shouldn’t Have Paid to See

I just can’t help myself. I’m debating whether or not to go see The Impractical Jokers Movie in theaters. It seems like this should be an easy ‘no,’ right? Especially when there are some good options out right now (The Lodge; The Photograph; The Invisible Man). Yet I’m having trouble resisting. For those who don’tContinue reading “Top That: Five Movies I Probably Shouldn’t Have Paid to See”

The Marvelous Brie Larson — #2

Welcome back to another edition of my latest Actor Profile, The Marvelous Brie Larson, a monthly series revolving around the silver screen performances of one of my favorite actresses. (If you are a newcomer to this series, here is a link to the original post). Also this, from the first installment: The idea behind thisContinue reading “The Marvelous Brie Larson — #2”

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Release: Christmas Day 2013 [Theater] By the seem of things, Mr. Stiller has been secretly getting all the little memos we, the patient viewers, have continued to slip underneath his door over the years, beseeching, imploring the actor to put his dormant dramatic sensibilities to good use for once — actually act in a movie insteadContinue reading “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Release: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 [RPX Theater] Baxter! Bark twice if you’re in this movie! “Woof-woof!” . . .and, oh how he is! Baxter and the entire Channel Four News team assemble for the much-anticipated follow-up to Adam McKay’s 2004 smash hit. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. . .is, to put it completely unbiased-like and everything,Continue reading “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”

The Armstrong Lie

Release: Friday, November 8, 2013 (limited) [Theater] In one of the more infamous press conferences involving the disgraced cyclist, Lance boldly made the claim that one of the reporters who had just asked him a tough question “was not worthy of the seat he sat in.” The irony of that biting statement is not lost onContinue reading “The Armstrong Lie”

Out of the Furnace

Release: Friday, December 6, 2013 [Theater] Sneaking up on you quietly, toxically, like steam billowing from the chimneys that scratch and tear at a skyline of charcoal gray, this original screenplay from Scott Cooper is most likely not the product most people were expecting. It is a solemn look at the not-so-quiet life in the AppalachianContinue reading “Out of the Furnace”

Kill Your Darlings

Release: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 (limited) [Theater] Harry drops out of Hogwarts to start attending Columbia University — good idea? Probably one of the easier observations anyone is going to make when referring to Kill Your Darlings, a film that tips its hat to the romantics who inspired a literary revolution both stylistically and philosophically, is the factContinue reading “Kill Your Darlings”

Only God Forgives

Release: Friday, July 19, 2013 (limited) [Netflix] Ah, but does He forgive a movie like this? Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling again team up to put forth another noir-rich effort that skimps on dialogue — only this time it’s one that has left audiences scratching their heads rather than thoughtfully rubbing their chins. To beContinue reading “Only God Forgives”

The Book Thief

Release: Friday, November 8, 2013 (limited) [Theater] The talented, young Sophie Nélisse steps into this significantly bleak lead role as the orphaned Liesel Meminger after her mother leaves her with a German couple during the escalation of World War II. Burdened with an extraordinarily trying existence, Leisel’s pain soon will become your own as you watchContinue reading “The Book Thief”