Doctor Strange

Release: Friday, November 4, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Scott Derrickson; Jon Spaihts; C. Robert Cargill  Directed by: Scott Derrickson Benedict Cumberbatch’s introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is far from inauspicious, but Doctor Strange falls short of being the prodigy its parents want so badly for it to be, though not for a lack of trying with shaky hands. Strangely, whatContinue reading “Doctor Strange”

The Little Prince

Release: Friday, August 5, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Irena Brignull; Bob Persichetti Directed by: Mark Osborne The Little Prince is a gem. It’s a crime it never received a theatrical release. It’s a heartwarming journey rivaling anything Pixar has created on an emotional and intellectual level, and perhaps it’s the complex, multi-layered animation that truly sets theContinue reading “The Little Prince”

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 likeContinue reading “Because Oscar Said So: Best Supporting Actress Nominees”

Spotlight

Release: Friday, November 6, 2015 (limited)  [Theater] Written by: Thomas McCarthy; Josh Singer Directed by: Thomas McCarthy Every so often a film drops with little or no warning and leaves a lasting impression. 12 Years a Slave did it three years ago via punishing violence and bravura performances; a year later Gravity achieved unparalleled visual grandeur films two years on are still trying to match. Spotlight almostContinue reading “Spotlight”

Southpaw

Release: Friday, July 24, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Kurt Sutter Directed by: Antoine Fuqua Like its punch-drunk protagonist Antoine Fuqua’s ode to blood sport sure can throw a powerful jab but its technique fails considerably when on defense. What does the film have to defend against, exactly? Only about three decades’ worth of boxing movie cliches. That’s if we’re usingContinue reading “Southpaw”

TBT: Mean Girls (2004)

Well the final bell is about to ring on this back-to-school portion of TBT. . . and. . .I bet at least three of my readers would have never seen this one coming today. I will have to admit I didn’t either. I’m not even quite sure what prompted me to seek out this title,Continue reading “TBT: Mean Girls (2004)”

A Most Wanted Man

Release: Friday, July 25, 2014 (limited) [Theater] As all good things must, even A Most Wanted Man comes to an end. And it’s going to take everything in my power to remain on the conservative side here, what with a possible capstone performance to mark the end of a career as towering as Philip Seymour Hoffman’s. TrustContinue reading “A Most Wanted Man”

TBT: Wedding Crashers (2005)

Throwback Thursday March-es on with the final entry of the month hitting on yet another comic note. Really, comedies are pretty easy to review for this feature since they make up a majority of what I have in my DVD collection. They lay strewn across my floor in front of my T.V. and very oftenContinue reading “TBT: Wedding Crashers (2005)”

About Time

Release: Friday, November 1, 2013 [Theater] For the price of admission to this one they ought to give you an entire box of tissues — they can come in handy here. Richard Curtis delivers the world the feel-good/tear-jerking film of the year, bar none few. About Time is, well. . .if you want to see aContinue reading “About Time”