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, Tennessee … Continue reading Loving

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Moonlight

Release: Friday, October 21, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Barry Jenkins Directed by: Barry Jenkins There's a moment late in Barry Jenkins' new film featuring a blown-out Naomie Harris desperate for a cigarette, in the way a recovering crack-addict is desperate for a cigarette. Her violently trembling hands fail her, prompting the assistance of her son, for whom she has spent a lifetime … Continue reading Moonlight

Allied

Release: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Steven Knight Directed by: Robert Zemeckis Brad Pitt finds a new ally in Marion Cotillard in his post-Angelina Jolie world. Sad face. Actually, those were just rumors. And this isn't a gossip column. On the other hand, the two are pretty convincing playing a pair of lovestruck assassins whose loyalty to one another … Continue reading Allied

Arrival

Release: Friday, November 11, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Eric Heisserer Directed by: Denis Villeneuve I'm just going to say it: Arrival is magnificent. It's also: 1) another grand gesture from the visionary Québécois Denis Villeneuve that's both sophisticated and stylish; 2) a film that really "makes you think;" 3) the antidote to the last several days in which the world has … Continue reading Arrival

Because Oscar Said So: Best Supporting Actress Nominees

Because Oscar Said So (B.O.S.S. for short) is yet another first for this blog. In years past I haven’t spent much time going into detail about the major categories recognized at the Oscars ceremony, particularly the official selections as quite often I find myself at odds with the Academy’s choices. Longtime readers of the site know that I like … Continue reading Because Oscar Said So: Best Supporting Actress Nominees

Because Oscar Said So: Best Supporting Actor Nominees

Because Oscar Said So (B.O.S.S. for short) is yet another first for this blog. In years past I haven't spent much time going into detail about the major categories recognized at the Oscars ceremony, particularly the official selections as quite often I find myself at odds with the Academy's choices. Longtime readers of the site … Continue reading Because Oscar Said So: Best Supporting Actor Nominees

The Revenant

Release: Friday, January 8, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Alejandro González Iñárritu; Mark L. Smith Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu There are some things in The Revenant that you can't un-see. Like the bloody confrontation between the Arikara tribe and Captain Andrew Henry's men in the very first scene. Or a human body torn apart by monstrous bear claws. These moments transcend shock … Continue reading The Revenant

The Danish Girl

Release: Friday, November 27, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Lucinda Coxon Directed by: Tom Hooper The Danish Girl, at least at a glance, looks poised to pull a Dallas Buyers Club and receive recognition, and possibly even win top prizes for both leading categories next February. The field is getting pretty stacked though, and if Leo can just … Continue reading The Danish Girl

Brooklyn

Release: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Nick Hornby Directed by: John Crowley For future generations, when kids look up the word 'nostalgia' in the dictionary, they'll just see a poster of The Force Awakens beside it. And, you know, that's cool. I can't say that would be a poor definition. I guess what I'd like … Continue reading Brooklyn