Extraction

Release: Friday, April 24, 2020 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Joe Russo  Directed by: Sam Hargrave  The more cynical takeaway here is that Extraction exists for no other purpose than to prove that the three -- er, make it four -- Marvel Cinematic Universe alums who have made it possible are capable of more hard-hitting, violent movies. The marketing … Continue reading Extraction

Harpoon

Release: Friday, October 4, 2019 (limited)  →Showtime  Written by: Rob Grant; Mike Kovac Directed by: Rob Grant Harpoon is a horror-comedy set at sea that is bizarrely compelling considering what actually happens in 80 short minutes. It's a vicious little social experiment concocted by writer/director Rob Grant, who quite brilliantly uses little more than the bare essentials … Continue reading Harpoon

Coffee & Kareem

Release: Friday, April 3, 2020 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Shane Mack Directed by: Michael Dowse I really like Ed Helms. He is an actor I apparently will follow even into the seedier, more desperate corners of Netflix. I don't know much about director Michael Dowse, other than the fact his résumé is populated with such silly titles as … Continue reading Coffee & Kareem

mother!

Release: Friday, September 15, 2017 →Theater Written by: Darren Aronofsky Directed by: Darren Aronofsky No one makes movies like Darren Aronofsky. Then again, does anyone dare? With mother! the enfant terrible of modern Hollywood has produced quite possibly his most polarizing and interpretive work yet. That does take into consideration his previous effort, the controversial Noah epic. And I … Continue reading mother!

The White Helmets

Release: Friday, September 16, 2016  [Netflix] Directed by: Orlando von Einsiedel Syria is a nation currently being torn apart at the seams as a multitude of political actors continue to wrestle control of its future away from one another. The better part of the last decade has been spent in bloodshed as coalitions of rebels, extremist groups … Continue reading The White Helmets

Logan

Release: Friday, March 3, 2017 [Theater] Written by: James Mangold; Scott Frank; Michael Green Directed by: James Mangold Logan is a robust superhero film and probably the most violent one we have encountered since Deadpool. (Lest we forget that that movie was more than a comedy.) But even in the context of superhero films that have been slapped with … Continue reading Logan

Bleed for This

Release: Friday, November 18, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Ben Younger; Angelo Pizzo; Pippa Bianco Directed by: Ben Younger Bleed for This is an intense title for an underwhelming boxing movie. Its hyperbolic nature suggests a scream-o/punk-rock band's new single when really it's meant to describe the mentality of one Vinny Pazienza, a boxer from Providence, Rhode Island who returned to the ring after … Continue reading Bleed for This

Hacksaw Ridge

Release: Friday, November 4, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Andrew Knight; Robert Schenkkan Directed by: Mel Gibson Unlike the hero at the heart of Mel Gibson's first directorial effort in a decade I went into battle fully protected by a weapon: my overactive imagination. Turns out, psychological preparation is kind of necessary as you enter the gauntlet of Hacksaw Ridge's … Continue reading Hacksaw Ridge

The Magnificent Seven

Release: Friday, September 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Richard Wenk; Nic Pizzolatto Directed by: Antoine Fuqua Try as they might, Antoine Fuqua continues falling well short of the benchmark set by his 2001 smash hit Training Day and Chris Pratt can't quite make this the Guardians of the Galaxy of the ole wild west. Despite bear-dressing-like-people jokes he is merely one … Continue reading The Magnificent Seven