Malignant

Release: Friday, September 10, 2021 👀 Theater Written by: Ingrid Bisu; Akela Cooper; James Wan Directed by: James Wan Starring: Annabelle Wallis; Maddie Hasson; George Young; Michole Briana White; Jake Abel   ***/***** Horror maestro James Wan returns to his stomping grounds with Malignant, an unabashedly strange film with a concept stretched like Playdoh to imaginatively icky extremes. ThoughContinue reading “Malignant”

Wrath of Man

Release: Friday, May 14, 2021 👀 Theater Written by: Guy Ritchie; Marn Davies; Ivan Atkinson Directed by: Guy Ritchie Starring: Jason Statham; Holt McCallany; Josh Hartnett; Jeffrey Donovan; Scott Eastwood; Andy Garcia   ***/***** Jason Statham is really not messing around in this dead-serious action thriller that reunites the British badass with director Guy Ritchie for the fourth time andContinue reading “Wrath of Man”

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 marketingContinue reading “Extraction”

The Lovebirds

Release: Friday, May 22, 2020 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Aaron Abrams; Brendan Gall; Martin Gero Directed by: Michael Showalter  The entertaining but uneven The Lovebirds gives one the impression director Michael Showalter wanted to do something more laidback and lightweight following The Big Sick. While The Lovebirds has a few of the elements that made his 2017 romantic comedy such aContinue reading “The Lovebirds”

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 asContinue reading “Coffee & Kareem”

Uncut Gems

Release: Christmas Day 2019  →Theater Written by: Ronald Bronstein; Josh and Benny Safdie  Directed by: Josh and Benny Safdie If they have proven anything in their last two movies it’s that few filmmakers stress you out quite like the New York born-and-bred Safdie brothers. Uncut Gems is, in a word, intense. This is a very aggressive mood piece thatContinue reading “Uncut Gems”

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Release: Friday, November 9, 2018 (limited)  →Netflix Written by: Joel Coen; Ethan Coen  Directed by: Ethan Coen; Joel Coen For a fleeting moment The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the new Coen brothers film — a big shiny red apple waiting to be plucked from the ever-growing Netflix tree — was also available for more traditional consumption in theaters. But whoContinue reading “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

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 IContinue reading “mother!”

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‘sContinue reading “Hacksaw Ridge”

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, whatContinue reading “Doctor Strange”