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

Doctor Strange

Release: Friday, November 4, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Scott Derrickson; Jon Spaihts; C. Robert Cargill  Directed by: Scott Derrickson Benedict Cumberbatch's introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is far from inauspicious, but Doctor Strange falls short of being the prodigy its parents want so badly for it to be, though not for a lack of trying with shaky hands. Strangely, what … Continue reading Doctor Strange

Masterminds

Release: Friday, September 30, 2016  [Theater] Written by: Chris Bowman; Hubbel Palmer; Emily Spivey Directed by: Jared Hess Masterminds didn't need to be masterfully made to be effective, but a little discipline could have gone a long way. Directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), the film is a comedic dramatization of the October 1997 Loomis Fargo bank robbery that … Continue reading Masterminds

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

Anomalisa

Release: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 (limited) [Redbox] Written by: Charlie Kaufman Directed by: Charlie Kaufman; Duke Johnson Someone please give Michael Stone a hug. I'm starting an online petition to see if we can get Michael Stone just one good hug, because he really, really, really, really, really needs one. Either him or writer-director Charlie Kaufman, I'm not sure … Continue reading Anomalisa

Suicide Squad

Release: Friday, August 5, 2016 [Theater] Written by: David Ayer Directed by: David Ayer Sigh. Suicide Squad is neither a disaster nor a revelation. It's just really, really uneventful and in that way, crushingly disappointing. Let me grab a calculator and get back to you, because the math really doesn't add up. I don't quite know how you commit … Continue reading Suicide Squad

Café Society

Release: Friday, July 15, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Woody Allen Directed by: Woody Allen I think I've cashed in the last of my goodwill towards all things Woody Allen by checking out Café Society, yet another movie about New York, being Jewish and being young, dumb and hopelessly lovesick. The weight of Allen's neuroticism has become crushing in the … Continue reading Café Society

Lights Out

Release: Friday, July 22, 2016 [Theater*] Written by: Eric Heisserer Directed by: David F. Sandberg In Swedish filmmaker David F. Sandberg's feature debut, an expanded realization of a short film he made in 2013, something sinister lurks in the absence of light and enjoys tormenting anyone unfortunate enough to be in the same room with it. That is, of … Continue reading Lights Out