Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado

Release: Friday, June 29, 2018 →Theater Written by: Taylor Sheridan Directed by: Stefano Sollima I need to file a complaint. Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado is an eyesore of a title. It is an awkward concession, the plasticine product of a marketing scheme designed to put the movie in “the best position to succeed.” Really though, it’s justContinue reading “Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado”

Elvis & Nixon

Release: Friday, April 22, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Joey Sagal; Hanala Sagal; Cary Elwes Directed by: Liza Johnson Maybe it would’ve been too cheesy to use, but I was totally surprised when I never heard the line “Elvis has left the building.” But let’s get one thing straight: Elvis & Nixon is plenty cheesy, so it might haveContinue reading “Elvis & Nixon”

Spotlight

Release: Friday, November 6, 2015 (limited)  [Theater] Written by: Thomas McCarthy; Josh Singer Directed by: Thomas McCarthy Every so often a film drops with little or no warning and leaves a lasting impression. 12 Years a Slave did it three years ago via punishing violence and bravura performances; a year later Gravity achieved unparalleled visual grandeur films two years on are still trying to match. Spotlight almostContinue reading “Spotlight”

Truth

Release: Friday, October 30, 2015 [Theater] Written by: James Vanderbilt Directed by: James Vanderbilt Truth be told, a movie featuring household names like Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett, one propped up on real-world events of this magnitude shouldn’t feel like a chore to get through. Yet, here we are. To clear the air first: don’t think of this asContinue reading “Truth”

Black Mass

Release: Friday, September 18, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Mark Mallouk; Jez Butterworth Directed by: Scott Cooper In Scott Cooper’s third film, Johnny Depp is one bad man. How bad? Bad enough to make the stench of his Charlie Mortdecai finally drift away, sure. But now another question is bugging me: what does he do after this? How longContinue reading “Black Mass”

30-for-30: I Hate Christian Laettner

Release: Sunday, March 15, 2015 [Netflix] Directed by: Rory Karpf The psychology that characterizes fandom and sports obsession isn’t complicated. Just as in movies there are the good guys you cheer for and the bad guys who you want to see fail. The good guys are the home team, who have a crowd behind them and are representativeContinue reading “30-for-30: I Hate Christian Laettner”

Straight Outta Compton

Release: Friday, August 14, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Jonathan Herman; Andrea Berloff Directed by: F. Gary Gray F. Gary Gray’s first directorial outing in six years debuted last weekend to the most successful opening for a musical biopic in cinematic history. Ignoring the 20 years that have elapsed since the tragic passing of N.W.A founder Eazy-E the occasion mightContinue reading “Straight Outta Compton”

True Story

Release: Friday, April 17, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Rupert Goold; David Kajganich Directed by: Rupert Goold True story: Rupert Goold’s cinematic adaptation of the memoir penned by disgraced New York Times writer Michael Finkel elicits more yawns than being forced to sit through days’ worth of testimony in an actual courtroom would. It ought to be a compliment thatContinue reading “True Story”