The Big Short

Release: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Adam McKay; Charles Randolph  Directed by: Adam McKay When it was announced Adam McKay would be putting his comedic muse Will Ferrell in time out so he could make a film not only steeped in but specifically commenting on the 2008 financial crisis (and the events that precipitated it), I knewContinue reading “The Big Short”

Truth

Release: Friday, October 30, 2015 [Theater] Written by: James Vanderbilt Directed by: James Vanderbilt Truth be told, a movie featuring household names like Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett, one propped up on real-world events of this magnitude shouldn’t feel like a chore to get through. Yet, here we are. To clear the air first: don’t think of this asContinue reading “Truth”

TBT: American Beauty (1999)

Unlike last week’s discovery, sometimes putting off a movie you’ve been aware of for many years is a strategy that pays dividends. Of course today we’re going to be looking at a movie that is so radically different that comparisons need not be made. I suppose the point of all this incessant rambling is for me toContinue reading “TBT: American Beauty (1999)”

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 surprisinglyContinue reading “Whiplash”

The Judge

Release: Friday, October 10, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Nick Schenk; Bill Dubuque  Directed by: David Dobkin The honorable David Dobkin, who’s responsible for giving the world Wedding Crashers, presides over his very first drama and makes a relatively strong case for his continued exploration outside his comfort zone. Despite narrative clutter and a doggedly long runtime (almost two and a half hours),Continue reading “The Judge”

Locke

Release: Friday, April 25, 2014 (limited) [Theater] What’s harder to reconcile — the uncertainty and doubt associated with what the future may or may not hold for you, or acknowledging the truth of what’s happened in your past? If you don’t find yourself moved by this kind of prying, existential question, a question that you can almost feel diggingContinue reading “Locke”

The Wolf of Wall Street

Release: Christmas Day 2013 [Theater] Hand over the ‘ludes, dude, and no one gets hurt! One of this generation’s most gifted actors teams up once again with the legendary Marty Scorsese with the hopes of stirring up yet another potent cocktail — this time, a film set in the 1980s in the immediate wake of theContinue reading “The Wolf of Wall Street”