The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

Release: Friday, November 21, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Peter Craig; Danny Strong Directed by: Francis Lawrence Katniss ought to have directed that last arrow at Hollywood's greedy, deep-pocketed execs. While I will always be a proponent of staying just a little bit longer inside the Hunger Games, it's hard to ignore the gratuitousness of the decision to split yet another YA … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

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Only God Forgives

Release: Friday, July 19, 2013 (limited) [Netflix] Ah, but does He forgive a movie like this? Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling again team up to put forth another noir-rich effort that skimps on dialogue -- only this time it's one that has left audiences scratching their heads rather than thoughtfully rubbing their chins. To be … Continue reading Only God Forgives

Gravity

Release: Friday, October 4, 2013 [Theater] Whatever you do, don't let go. . . You know, when those first trailers hit theaters circa late July, and the last image is of Sandra Bullock in a space suit doing some somersaults against a void punctuated by dots of light, my reaction -- along with those of several … Continue reading Gravity

Rush

Release: Thursday, September 26, 2013 [Theater] 2013 finds Ron Howard operating well within his comfort zone again, returning to construct the definitive racing film. A gripping, polished and thoughtfully-crafted drama piece, Rush delves into one remarkable season of racing which would ultimately define the careers of two top performers in Formula 1. Howard and comedy, it … Continue reading Rush

Elysium

Release: Thursday, August 8, 2013 [Theater] Having waited for this movie since December at least, I was thoroughly excited walking into the theater last night. Something was also telling me, adding to the excitement: that of all the movies that have come out this year promising to pack a punch and have subsequently caused controversy over … Continue reading Elysium

2 Guns

Release: Thursday, August 1, 2013 [Theater] Gleefully tongue-in-cheek, 2 Guns is a mostly-successful buddy-cop action film that delves into the heart of a Mexican drug cartel while revealing surprising truths about the clientele it conducts business with. One could sense the lack of seriousness a mile away with this film. Fortunately, though, one gets exactly what … Continue reading 2 Guns

The Wolverine

Release: Thursday, July 25, 2013 [Theater]  Picking up more on where we left off after X Men: The Last Stand rather than following directly in line with the most recent release (X Men: Origins -- Wolverine), James Mangold directs Hugh Jackman et al with supreme confidence in his knowledge and conviction of the essence of the comics, … Continue reading The Wolverine