Black Widow

Release: Friday, July 9, 2021 👀 Theater Written by: Eric Pearson Directed by: Cate Shortland Starring: Scarlett Johansson; Florence Pugh; David Harbour; Rachel Weisz     ***/***** Timing is everything. This applies, painfully so, to Black Widow, a film that feels compromised in a way few Marvel movies have. In her first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Machine director CateContinue reading “Black Widow”

Atomic Blonde

Release: Friday, July 28, 2017 →Theater Written by: Kurt Johnstad Directed by: David Leitch Perhaps the only thing you really need to know about Atomic Blonde is that it bears the insignia of one David Leitch, a certifiable jack-of-all-trades whose résumé includes numerous actor, producer and assistant director credits. His directorial experience unofficially includes a joint effort with Chad StahelskiContinue reading “Atomic Blonde”

Allied

Release: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Steven Knight Directed by: Robert Zemeckis Brad Pitt finds a new ally in Marion Cotillard in his post-Angelina Jolie world. Sad face. Actually, those were just rumors. And this isn’t a gossip column. On the other hand, the two are pretty convincing playing a pair of lovestruck assassins whose loyalty to one anotherContinue reading “Allied”

Spectre

Release: Friday, November 6, 2015 [Theater] Written by: John Logan; Neal Purvis; Robert Wade; Jez Butterworth Directed by: Sam Mendes Spectre, a proposition with so much weight and symbolism behind it it required four writers to collaborate on the story. Four writers means four times the quality, right? Right . . . ? After three years James Bond comesContinue reading “Spectre”

Bridge of Spies

Release: Friday, October 16, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Matt Charman; Joel Coen; Ethan Coen Directed by: Steven Spielberg The Red Scare may be long since over but in Steven Spielberg’s 29th feature (!) we’re thrown right back into the thick of it as Tom Hanks is tapped to negotiate the swapping of two major (human) pawns caught in a protracted andContinue reading “Bridge of Spies”

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Release: Friday, February 13, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Matthew Vaughn; Jane Goldman Directed by: Matthew Vaughn Thuffering thuccotash, itth Thamuel L. Jackthon! Again! For those bothering to thtick with me through this review, be advised that one of the most prolific black actors of all time is the height of the appeal of Kingsman: The Secret Service. It’sContinue reading “Kingsman: The Secret Service”

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: From Russia with Love (1964)

Yes, the 2014 FIFA World Cup is going on. This much is true. Somewhere out there amongst the trees and suffocating humidity of Brazil some folks are kicking funny-colored balls around and trying to get them into little rectangular nets at opposing ends of a long, intensely well-groomed patch of grass. No, I like the sport of feet-ball,Continue reading “TBT: From Russia with Love (1964)”