Month in Review: August ’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 well asContinue reading “Month in Review: August ’18”

The Beguiled

Release: Friday, June 30, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Sofia Coppola Directed by: Sofia Coppola The Beguiled is an unsettling, moody drama set against the American Civil War that finds a wounded Union soldier being taken in and nursed back to health by the inhabitants of a secret all-girls school in Virginia. These women, who have lived a piousContinue reading “The Beguiled”

Hell or High Water

Release: Friday, August 12, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Taylor Sheridan Directed by: David Mackenzie The day after you’ve watched something is probably not the time to proclaim that thing an instant classic. It would be wise to allow the infatuation phase to run its course before declaring your undying love for your partner. Unfortunately for me,Continue reading “Hell or High Water”

Suicide Squad

Release: Friday, August 5, 2016 [Theater] Written by: David Ayer Directed by: David Ayer Sigh. Suicide Squad is neither a disaster nor a revelation. It’s just really, really uneventful and in that way, crushingly disappointing. Let me grab a calculator and get back to you, because the math really doesn’t add up. I don’t quite know how you commitContinue reading “Suicide Squad”

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”

Free State of Jones

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Gary Ross; Leonard Hartman Directed by: Gary Ross In Gary Ross’ new film, inspired by the life of Civil War medic-turned-rebel Newton Knight, the firepower has been upgraded from crossbows to muskets and bayonets, but both the fire and the power in the former Hunger Games director are absent in Free StateContinue reading “Free State of Jones”

The Shallows

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Anthony Jaswinski Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra  Blake Lively vs. Huge Shark: The Movie is a pretty sweet little thriller, a self-contained enterprise that seeks to unnerve rather than terrify by tapping into human’s innate fear of deepwater-dwelling beasts like great whites (not to mention horrifyingly large jellyfish). Jaume Collet-Serra’s tropical-set horror/thrillerContinue reading “The Shallows”

Independence Day: Resurgence

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Roland Emmerich; Nicolas Wright; James A. Woods; Dean Devlin; James Vanderbilt Directed by: Roland Emmerich Nothing brings a tear to my eye faster than knowing that Earth’s mantle is going to be safe, at least until the next ill-advised blockbuster sequel. I really felt more for the core of the planet thanContinue reading “Independence Day: Resurgence”

The Conjuring 2

Release: Friday, June 10, 2016 [Theater] Written by: James Wan; Carey Hayes; Chad Hayes; David Leslie Johnson Directed by: James Wan The horror event of the year has arrived and no one is safe. Not the Warrens from nightmarish visions; not the British family whose home turns into a petri dish for malevolent spirits; not James Wan from criticism.Continue reading “The Conjuring 2”

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Release: Friday, May 20, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Nicholas Stoller; Andrew Jay Cohen; Brendan O’Brien; Evan Goldberg; Seth Rogen Directed by: Nicholas Stoller Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne have the worst luck when it comes to suburban living. Last time they were fighting tooth and nail to keep their sanity when a hard-partying fraternity, led by a half-nakedContinue reading “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”