Only Lovers Left Alive

Release: Friday, April 11, 2014 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Jim Jarmusch Directed by: Jim Jarmusch Vampires have never seemed as hipster as they do in Jim Jarmusch's beautifully framed and deliberately paced tale of two long-time lovers reuniting in Detroit -- but in an incredible twist of fate script they have also never seemed so appealing. Tom Hiddleston … Continue reading Only Lovers Left Alive

The Guest

Release: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (limited) [Redbox] Written by:  Simon Barrett  Directed by: Adam Wingard British actor Dan Stevens elevates Adam Wingard's thought-provoking and emotional mystery thriller to bloody awesome levels. Though The Guest isn't exactly a title free from spoiler potential, you'd be hard-pressed to make accurate guesses as to what ultimately becomes of a family … Continue reading The Guest

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

Big Eyes

Release: Christmas Day 2014 [Theater] Written by: Scott Alexander; Larry Karaszewski  Directed by: Tim Burton Tim Burton's latest feels a little on the safe side. Why does that sound like I'm complaining? Shouldn't the one thing that I ought to be doing right now be praising the director's efforts for attempting to reach for a new muse? I guess more than … Continue reading Big Eyes

Wild

Release: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Nick Hornby  Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée  In Wild Reese Witherspoon is desperate to escape her home life. Does she succeed? I could spoil the movie right from the get-go and answer that question but I actually do have a heart, so I won't. (Plus, I'm fairly sure anyone should … Continue reading Wild

Foxcatcher

Release: Friday, November 14, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Written by: E. Max Frye; Dan Futterman  Directed by: Bennett Miller Enigmas like paranoid-schizophrenic John Eleuthère du Pont prove it was prudent for both Steve Carell and the Americanized The Office to bid adieu to one another. Of course, that transition was as much a matter of inevitability as the tragedy we … Continue reading Foxcatcher

The Theory of Everything

Release: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Anthony McCarten  Directed by: James Marsh If you want to talk ambition, meet British director James Marsh. He once thought it realistic to stuff everything Stephen Hawking-related into a two-hour romantic drama. There are obvious issues with such a strategy. Not so obvious perhaps are the compromises he's made in producing something worth watching. Or, maybe they … Continue reading The Theory of Everything

John Wick

Release: Friday, October 24, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Derek Kolstad Directed by: Chad Stehelski; David Leitch John Wick is yet another Keanu Reeves vehicle that operates much like an actual one would sans the steering wheel: basic things like moving straight ahead are possible but trying something fancy like taking a left-hand turn renders the driving clumsy and crashing into your mailbox … Continue reading John Wick

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Release: Friday, October 10, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Rob Lieber Directed by: Miguel Arteta As the ruthless Carmine Falcone once told Cillian Murphy's Dr. Crane in a particularly insightful moment during Batman Begins, "some days, some days just go bad." Indeed it does for one Alexander Cooper and his extraordinarily ordinary family. The day before his twelfth birthday, he experiences a … Continue reading Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day