The Circle

Release: Friday, April 28, 2017 →Theater Written by: James Ponsoldt; Dave Eggers Directed by: James Ponsoldt  I don't know if "knowing everything is better" but I do know that The Circle is an experience I need not have again. I wish I never even had it. A parable about the dangers of being too plugged in to the digital world … Continue reading The Circle

Assassin’s Creed

Release: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Michael Lesslie; Adam Cooper; Bill Collage Directed by: Justin Kurzel Assassin's Creed is simply not interesting enough for those who never played the game. You might fairly ask me why I would choose to sit through a movie based on a video game I never played. Um, I was expecting the acting pedigree … Continue reading Assassin’s Creed

Arrival

Release: Friday, November 11, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Eric Heisserer Directed by: Denis Villeneuve I'm just going to say it: Arrival is magnificent. It's also: 1) another grand gesture from the visionary Québécois Denis Villeneuve that's both sophisticated and stylish; 2) a film that really "makes you think;" 3) the antidote to the last several days in which the world has … Continue reading Arrival

Inferno

Release: Friday, October 28, 2016 [Theater] Written by: David Koepp Directed by: Ron Howard Ron Howard is a fairly prolific filmmaker, having maintained a schedule of roughly a film every two years throughout a 40-plus-year long directorial career. He's not quite Woody Allen but his oeuvre is extensive enough to suggest the guy just likes staying busy, and it certainly … Continue reading Inferno

Hurricane

Release: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 (Vimeo) [Vimeo] Written by: Christiano Dias Directed by: Christiano Dias This short film review is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey's Film Related Musings. A tip of the hat to James, who runs the show over there. Hurricane is the brand new film from Christiano Dias, an experienced short film director who has managed to fit 20 … Continue reading Hurricane

High-Rise

Release: Friday, May 13, 2016 (limited)  [Netflix] Written by: Amy Jump Directed by: Ben Wheatley Chaos reigns supreme in Ben Wheatley's High-Rise, an adaptation of the 1975 novel penned by British author J.G. Ballard who envisioned a microcosm of society confined within a 40-story-tall luxury apartment building. After nearly four decades and several failed attempts at adapting material many … Continue reading High-Rise

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

Pod

Release: Friday, August 28, 2015 [Netflix] Written by: Mickey Keating Directed by: Mickey Keating The tradeoff for watching a movie as pointless as Pod is it won't be very taxing on your daily schedule. A scant hour-and-fifteen-minutes long, this half-baked story struggles to justify the full-length feature treatment and despite a few genuinely skin-crawling moments it fails to justify … Continue reading Pod

The Invitation

Release: Friday, April 8, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Phil Hay; Matt Manfredi Directed by: Karyn Kusama Dinner parties tend to get awkward when guests start dropping dead. Karyn Kusama (Jennifer's Body; Aeon Flux) invites you inside the strange goings-on of what was supposed to be a casual get-together among longtime friends, friends reuniting after a traumatic event. Paranoia … Continue reading The Invitation