Month in Review: September ’17

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 as … Continue reading Month in Review: September ’17

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Dunkirk

Release: Friday, July 21, 2017 →IMAX Written by: Christopher Nolan Directed by: Christopher Nolan In memory of my late grandfather, John Little. In his first historical drama, one that gives the acclaimed writer-director an opportunity to fly that British flag high, Christopher Nolan is deeply committed to creating a singular, sensory experience that goes beyond a mere reenactment. … Continue reading Dunkirk

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 pious … Continue reading The Beguiled

Under the Shadow

Release: Friday, October 7, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Babak Anvari Directed by: Babak Anvari For the better part of the 1980s tension between Iran and Iraq had been escalating into large-scale armed conflict, an eight-year period of violence recognized today as the Iran-Iraq War. Then-president Saddam Hussein, hoping to pounce on Iran in post-Islamic Revolution turmoil, invaded without warning … Continue reading Under the Shadow

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

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Release: Friday, December 16, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Chris Weitz; Tony Gilroy Directed by: Gareth Edwards Gareth Edwards (Godzilla; Monsters) has been given the none-too-enviable task of linking two of cinema's most iconic trilogies. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story predicates the ultra-classic original space opera and follows on the heels of the considerably less classic trilogy that kicked off circa the turn of the … Continue reading Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Allied

Release: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Steven Knight Directed by: Robert Zemeckis Brad Pitt finds a new ally in Marion Cotillard in his post-Angelina Jolie world. Sad face. Actually, those were just rumors. And this isn't a gossip column. On the other hand, the two are pretty convincing playing a pair of lovestruck assassins whose loyalty to one another … Continue reading Allied

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

Snowden

Release: Friday, September 16, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Oliver Stone; Kieran Fitzgerald Directed by: Oliver Stone Oliver Stone tackles one of the most elusive and polarizing figures of the 21st Century in his Edward Snowden biopic, a match made in cinematic heaven given Stone's penchant for courting controversy with the material he works with. So why doesn't it … Continue reading Snowden

War Dogs

Release: Friday, August 19, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Todd Phillips; Stephen Chin; Jason Smilovic Directed by: Todd Phillips The unbelievability factor really works in War Dogs' favor. It has given a director of outrageous comedies and indeterminate skill considerable leverage. It has given actors who like playing jackasses free range to be themselves and we would never know … Continue reading War Dogs