The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Release: Friday, November 9, 2018 (limited)  →Netflix Written by: Joel Coen; Ethan Coen  Directed by: Ethan Coen; Joel Coen For a fleeting moment The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the new Coen brothers film -- a big shiny red apple waiting to be plucked from the ever-growing Netflix tree -- was also available for more traditional consumption in theaters. But who … Continue reading The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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La La Land

Release: Friday, December 9, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Damien Chazelle  Directed by: Damien Chazelle  Damien Chazelle's critically-acclaimed modern musical is being hailed as one of the most original movies in years. That's not surprising given the cinematic environment into which it has been born. It's hard not to appreciate the oasis in a sprawling desert. While Disney … Continue reading La La Land

Moana

Release: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Jared Bush Directed by: Ron Clements; John Musker; Don Hall; Chris Williams Moana might just be Frozen's spiritual, tropical sequel. But to be honest, I'm only just guessing that -- I never saw Frozen. Couldn't stand the hype. When hype for a film made by a film company I generally … Continue reading Moana

Whiplash

Release: Friday, October 10, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Damien Chazelle  Directed by: Damien Chazelle I know that Terence Fletcher wouldn't give a rat's you-know-what about any kind of critique of his performance or his teaching methods. So we'll keep this between us, okay? I don't want a chair thrown at me, thank you very much. In this surprisingly … Continue reading Whiplash

Begin Again

Release: Friday, June 27, 2014 (limited) [Theater] A disgraced record label executive has a chance run-in with a down-on-her-luck musician at a bar and the two forge a friendship that inspires more than great music -- it reinvigorates one another's thirst for life. The Hulk takes a chill pill as Mark Ruffalo fits himself back into a … Continue reading Begin Again

Breathe In

Release: Friday, March 28, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Watching a film like the claustrophobically personal yet largely insignificant Breathe In is the same experience I get going into art museums and being told a painting of a horse is worth $3 million. I can appreciate the view, but what is there to understand? It's a picture of a horse. This … Continue reading Breathe In