The White Helmets

Release: Friday, September 16, 2016  [Netflix] Directed by: Orlando von Einsiedel Syria is a nation currently being torn apart at the seams as a multitude of political actors continue to wrestle control of its future away from one another. The better part of the last decade has been spent in bloodshed as coalitions of rebels, extremist groups … Continue reading The White Helmets

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20th Century Women

Release: Friday, January 20, 2017 [Theater] Written by:  Mike Mills Directed by: Mike Mills Fun seems like a clumsy word to describe a film trading in themes such as female empowerment and disaffected youth. But let's call it what it is; 20th Century Women IS fun. Enlightening, entertaining, satisfying, significant -- all the above. It celebrates maturity and individuality with … Continue reading 20th Century Women

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 similarly … Continue reading Lion

Fences

Release: Christmas Day 2016 [Theater]  Written by: August Wilson Directed by: Denzel Washington In 1987 American playwright August Wilson won both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for his 1950s Pittsburgh-set drama Fences. It employed James Earl Jones as a surly 53-year-old garbage man who led the audience down a dark path littered with heartbreaking revelations about the black experience … Continue reading Fences

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

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

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

The 88th Academy Awards: What did we learn, anything?

Like an M. Night Shyamalan plot twist Chris Rock did in fact show up to host the 88th Academy Awards, and the event did go off without a hitch -- no crazed protestor drove their car into the Dolby Theater anyway. This night wasn't at all Billy Crystal-y; this was definitely more Degeneres-ish with Rock shouting loudly … Continue reading The 88th Academy Awards: What did we learn, anything?

Room

Release: Friday, October 16, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Emma Donoghue Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson How does one begin to describe a film like Room? Do I write a poem? Do I send Lenny Abrahamson a letter saying 'thanks?' Do I wax lyrical about the emotional highs and lows only a film about a mother and son being isolated in … Continue reading Room