Uncut Gems

Release: Christmas Day 2019  →Theater Written by: Ronald Bronstein; Josh and Benny Safdie  Directed by: Josh and Benny Safdie If they have proven anything in their last two movies it’s that few filmmakers stress you out quite like the New York born-and-bred Safdie brothers. Uncut Gems is, in a word, intense. This is a very aggressive mood piece thatContinue reading “Uncut Gems”

The Lighthouse

Release: Friday, October 18, 2019 →Theater Written by: Max Eggers; Robert Eggers Directed by: Robert Eggers In 2016 Robert Eggers transitioned from production designer to director. Even then it was clear he was a filmmaker with uncommon confidence and intelligence, concocting a truly unsettling period piece in the supernatural horror The Witch. His experiences designing the look andContinue reading “The Lighthouse”

Ad Astra

Release: Friday, September 20, 2019 →Theater Written by: Ethan Gross; James Gray Directed by: James Gray Ad Astra is not the increasingly familiar, inspiring saga of human achievement the marketing has been pitching it as. It’s something much more honest and intriguing — a terrifyingly lonely quest for truth that dares put us in our place and puts potential limitsContinue reading “Ad Astra”

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Release: Friday, December 14, 2018 →Theater Written by: Phil Lord; Rodney Rothman Directed by: Bob Persichetti; Peter Ramsey; Rodney Rothman A Review from the Perspective of a Spider-Newb A cornucopia of visual delights that rivals the best of Pixar and Studio Ghibli, two of the giants in the world of animation, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has taken Sony PicturesContinue reading “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Beautiful Boy

Release: Friday, October 12, 2018 (limited) →Theater Written by: Luke Davies; Felix van Groeningen Directed by: Felix van Groeningen I think it is important to note how specific an experience Beautiful Boy describes. Closing titles reveal some alarming statistics about the pervasiveness of drug abuse in America but the film does not presume to speak for everyone. This is aboutContinue reading “Beautiful Boy”

Month in Review: November ’18

To encourage a bit more variety in my blogging posts and to help distance this site from the one of old, I’m installing this monthly post where I summarize the previous month’s activity in a wraparound that will hopefully give people the chance to go back and find stuff they might have missed, as wellContinue reading “Month in Review: November ’18”

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Release: Friday, October 19, 2018 (limited)  →Theater Written by:  Nicole Holofcener; Jeff Whitty Directed by: Marielle Heller Can You Ever Forgive Me? reflects on the life and crimes of Leonore Carol Israel, a Brooklyn-based journalist who, despite making an honest living in the 1970s and ’80s writing biographies of high-profile women, one time even landing on the NewContinue reading “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Brigsby Bear

Release: Friday, July 28, 2017 (limited)  →Theater Written by: Kevin Costello; Kyle Mooney Directed by: Dave McCary  THIS REVIEW INCLUDES DETAILS THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED SPOILERS Like last year’s gloriously weird Swiss Army Man, Brigsby Bear is a film guided by its own compass. Granted, not a penis, but rather the element of human empathy and compassion. It’s one ofContinue reading “Brigsby Bear”

War for the Planet of the Apes

Release: Friday, July 14, 2017 →Theater Written by: Mark Bomback; Matt Reeves Directed by: Matt Reeves Maurice: “Ooo! Oo!!!!” Me: “Yeah buddy, I hate war too.” We all know how Caesar feels about it. Poor Caesar. If he had his way, we wouldn’t even be here. War for the Planet of the Apes basically details everything the alpha male, theContinue reading “War for the Planet of the Apes”

Lion

Release: Christmas Day 2016 [Theater] Written by: Luke Davies Directed by: Garth Davis Lion operates on behalf of non-profit organizations across the globe endeavoring to end the epidemic of child homelessness in developing nations. It is an earnest, emotionally charged exploration of a life less ordinary, simultaneously a delicate and powerful epic that should give hope to others who find themselves similarlyContinue reading “Lion”