The Lovebirds

Release: Friday, May 22, 2020 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Aaron Abrams; Brendan Gall; Martin Gero Directed by: Michael Showalter  The entertaining but uneven The Lovebirds gives one the impression director Michael Showalter wanted to do something more laidback and lightweight following The Big Sick. While The Lovebirds has a few of the elements that made his 2017 romantic comedy such aContinue reading “The Lovebirds”

Angel Has Fallen

Release: Friday, August 23, 2019 →Netflix Written by: Robert Mark Kamen; Matt Cook; Ric Roman Waugh Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh Angel Has Fallen is the third but definitely not last installment in the Fallen action movie franchise. That there are enough of these movies to justify the word ‘franchise’ seems an indictment of the American Secret Service. HowContinue reading “Angel Has Fallen”

Velvet Buzzsaw

Release: Friday, February 1, 2019 (Netflix)  →Netflix Written by: Dan Gilroy Directed by: Dan Gilroy Beauty is in the eye of the soon-to-be-murdered in Velvet Buzzsaw, the new film from writer/director Dan Gilroy, who made his mark back in 2014 with the sensationally gripping Nightcrawler. His third directorial feature following 2017’s collaboration with Denzel Washington on Roman J. Israel, Esq., VelvetContinue reading “Velvet Buzzsaw”

Inferno

Release: Friday, October 28, 2016 [Theater] Written by: David Koepp Directed by: Ron Howard Ron Howard is a fairly prolific filmmaker, having maintained a schedule of roughly a film every two years throughout a 40-plus-year long directorial career. He’s not quite Woody Allen but his oeuvre is extensive enough to suggest the guy just likes staying busy, and it certainlyContinue reading “Inferno”

War Dogs

Release: Friday, August 19, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Todd Phillips; Stephen Chin; Jason Smilovic Directed by: Todd Phillips The unbelievability factor really works in War Dogs‘ favor. It has given a director of outrageous comedies and indeterminate skill considerable leverage. It has given actors who like playing jackasses free range to be themselves and we would never knowContinue reading “War Dogs”

Nerve

Release: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Jessica Sharzer Directed by: Henry Joost; Ariel Shulman If you accept the dare to watch Nerve, understand a few conditions first: 1) this is a teen-centric, sexed-up adventure thriller set in the Twitter Age, thereby you are volunteering up brain cells you’re never going to use again; 2) James Franco’s notContinue reading “Nerve”

Lights Out

Release: Friday, July 22, 2016 [Theater*] Written by: Eric Heisserer Directed by: David F. Sandberg In Swedish filmmaker David F. Sandberg’s feature debut, an expanded realization of a short film he made in 2013, something sinister lurks in the absence of light and enjoys tormenting anyone unfortunate enough to be in the same room with it. That is, ofContinue reading “Lights Out”

The BFG

Release: Friday, July 1, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Melissa Mathison Directed by: Steven Spielberg Great Gallywampers and fiddly tweezlesticks, I is very pleased indeed that Steven Spielberg has delivered the goodles in his very first venture into Roald Dahl‘s brilliant imagurnation. The BFG is breathtaker beautiful, and not just thanks to its scrumptioutious imagery, neither. It recalls the warminess andContinue reading “The BFG”

Keanu

Release: Friday, April 29, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Jordan Peele; Alex Rubens Directed by: Peter Atencio The Cat in the Hat. Garfield. Sylvester. Mewtwo. Mr. Bigglesworth. Shere Khan. These are but a few of the world’s most famous felines. You can go ahead and add Keanu to this prestigious list, because he’s the best thing about a full-length movie that’s kinda-sorta-but-not-really-at-allContinue reading “Keanu”

Housebound

Release: Friday, October 17, 2014 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Gerard Johnstone Directed by: Gerard Johnstone Housebound heralds the arrival of a creative new talent in Gerard Johnstone, and though not always the most confident, his feature film debut functions as a perfectly harmless distraction that adds a few amusing wrinkles in the fabric of haunted house horror. It centers around a young, moodyContinue reading “Housebound”