Three Identical Strangers

Release: Friday, June 29, 2018 (limited) →Theater Directed by: Tim Wardle Significant spoilers follow. Documentarian Tim Wardle stunned the Sundance crowd earlier this year when he premiered Three Identical Strangers, the remarkable true story of a set of triplets separated at birth who by sheer chance were reunited at the age of 19. Call it one ofContinue reading “Three Identical Strangers”

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Release: Friday, July 6, 2018 →Theater Written by: Chris McKenna; Erik Sommers; Paul Rudd; Andrew Barrer; Gabriel Ferrari Directed by: Peyton Reed You’ve read it everywhere: Ant-Man and the Wasp is a refreshingly lightweight summer adventure that offers up more laughs than big character moments. It’s more of a superhero side dish than an entrée. But that’s okayContinue reading “Ant-Man and the Wasp”

In Memoriam: Stephen Hawking

It is a heavy beyond leadened heart that has moved me to create this post. One of the brightest lights in our universe has eked out its final flicker. The iconic physicist Stephen William Hawking died today at the age of 76. His family says that he passed away peacefully in his home in Cambridge,Continue reading “In Memoriam: Stephen Hawking”

Annihilation

Release: Friday, February 23, 2018 →Theater Written by: Alex Garland Directed by: Alex Garland Annihilation is the reason for many things. It is the reason why science fiction is my cinematic genre of choice — there is something thrilling about breaking the rules and getting away with it, and here is a world in which the laws ofContinue reading “Annihilation”

Life

Release: Friday, March 24, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Rhett Reese; Paul Wernick Directed by: Daniel Espinosa I love how nihilistic Life turns out to be and the irony of it being so totally NOT life-affirming. While the characters in Daniel Espinosa’s zero-gravity-set thriller often demonstrate a lack of tact and intelligence, their incompetency only serves to underscore the arrogance of manContinue reading “Life”

Assassin’s Creed

Release: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Michael Lesslie; Adam Cooper; Bill Collage Directed by: Justin Kurzel Assassin’s Creed is simply not interesting enough for those who never played the game. You might fairly ask me why I would choose to sit through a movie based on a video game I never played. Um, I was expecting the acting pedigreeContinue reading “Assassin’s Creed”

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 hasContinue reading “Arrival”

Paul G — #8

Last time we were here, Paul had turned to the dark side in the animated wonder The Little Prince, playing the part of a harsh(ly shaped) Academy instructor who enjoyed scaring children into becoming workaholic machines. This month let’s turn our attention to . . . well, another role in which he’s playing a rather confrontingContinue reading “Paul G — #8”

Morgan

Release: Friday, September 2, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Seth W. Owen Directed by: Luke Scott No movie, especially one dabbling in the science fiction genre, has an obligation to make the viewer feel all warm and cuddly inside. You can be both the coldhearted bastard and The Year’s Best Movie, but if you plan on being as brutally dispassionateContinue reading “Morgan”

Experimenter

Release: Friday, October 16, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Michael Almereyda  Directed by: Michael Almereyda When all is said and done Experimenter feels like a strange dream you had one night, some semblance of ideas and imagery that hits you kaleidoscopically. Michael Almereyda’s biopic about controversial American social psychologist Stanley Milgram is hypnotic, and to a fault, but it stillContinue reading “Experimenter”