Beautiful Boy

Release: Friday, October 12, 2018 (limited) →Theater Written by: Luke Davies; Felix van Groeningen Directed by: Felix van Groeningen I think it is important to note how specific an experience Beautiful Boy describes. Closing titles reveal some alarming statistics about the pervasiveness of drug abuse in America but the film does not presume to speak for everyone. This is aboutContinue reading “Beautiful Boy”

Month in Review: November ’18

To encourage a bit more variety in my blogging posts and to help distance this site from the one of old, I’m installing this monthly post where I summarize the previous month’s activity in a wraparound that will hopefully give people the chance to go back and find stuff they might have missed, as wellContinue reading “Month in Review: November ’18”

Café Society

Release: Friday, July 15, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Woody Allen Directed by: Woody Allen I think I’ve cashed in the last of my goodwill towards all things Woody Allen by checking out Café Society, yet another movie about New York, being Jewish and being young, dumb and hopelessly lovesick. The weight of Allen’s neuroticism has become crushing in theContinue reading “Café Society”

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”

Foxcatcher

Release: Friday, November 14, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Written by: E. Max Frye; Dan Futterman  Directed by: Bennett Miller Enigmas like paranoid-schizophrenic John Eleuthère du Pont prove it was prudent for both Steve Carell and the Americanized The Office to bid adieu to one another. Of course, that transition was as much a matter of inevitability as the tragedy weContinue reading “Foxcatcher”

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Release: Friday, October 10, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Rob Lieber Directed by: Miguel Arteta As the ruthless Carmine Falcone once told Cillian Murphy’s Dr. Crane in a particularly insightful moment during Batman Begins, “some days, some days just go bad.” Indeed it does for one Alexander Cooper and his extraordinarily ordinary family. The day before his twelfth birthday, he experiences aContinue reading “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Release: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 [RPX Theater] Baxter! Bark twice if you’re in this movie! “Woof-woof!” . . .and, oh how he is! Baxter and the entire Channel Four News team assemble for the much-anticipated follow-up to Adam McKay’s 2004 smash hit. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. . .is, to put it completely unbiased-like and everything,Continue reading “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”

The Way, Way Back

Release: Friday, July 5, 2013 (limited) [Theater]  The screenwriters for The Descendants return to write and direct this incredibly satisfying coming-of-age story about an awkward teen and his adventures at the local water park as he seeks refuge from his painful family life. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash pen another script which has become primarily responsibleContinue reading “The Way, Way Back”