The Purge: Election Year

Release: Friday, July 1, 2016 [Theater] Written by: James DeMonaco Directed by: James DeMonaco I am convinced the French marketing for the third Purge film (see above) is the most responsible form of it we have. The Purge: Election Year manages to be as inane as it looks and here is a movie poster that pulls no punches whenContinue reading “The Purge: Election Year”

Blue Ruin

Release: Friday, April 25, 2014 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Jeremy Saulnier Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier From the opening shot silence dominates, ominously foreshadowing a journey fraught with tension and dread. It doesn’t take long to realize that something is wrong, to feel the disconnect between a vagabond and his surroundings. Macon Blair’s Dwight is floating through existence, living out ofContinue reading “Blue Ruin”

Everly

Release: Friday, February 27, 2015 [Redbox] Written by: Yale Hannon Directed by: Joe Lynch There’s an unshakable sense Joe Lynch and company didn’t fully appreciate the opportunity they had with Salma Hayek playing the lead in this economical, often comically violent home invasion thriller. Despite having a strong presence Hayek is relegated to the role of Donkey Kong: all she mustContinue reading “Everly”

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”

Cheap Thrills

Release: Friday, March 21, 2014 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: David Chirchirillo; Trent Haaga  Directed by: E.L. Katz There are some things money can’t buy. As Cheap Thrills goes to show, confidence, self-respect, and social acceptance apparently aren’t among those things. Here is a movie that invites the viewer to bare witness to something of a moral dilemma: watching a manContinue reading “Cheap Thrills”

Bullet to the Head

Release: Friday, February 1, 2013 [Theater] Funny enough, Mr. Stallone, revenge does start to get old once we catch on in this flick that this will probably be the only thing you’re going to be doing for the rest of your career. If Rocky’s story was all about some redemption, Sylvester Stallone would appear to beContinue reading “Bullet to the Head”