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

30-for-30: Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?

Release: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 [Netflix] Directed by: Mike Tollin When Donald Trump made the 'small potatoes' remark it was after he had wrapped up an interview with the director for this very documentary. He was referring to his dalliance with sports team ownership, his dismissiveness hinting at days that were so far in the rearview he couldn't even see them anymore. He … Continue reading 30-for-30: Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?

Embrace of the Serpent

Release: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 (limited) [Vimeo] Written by: Ciro Guerra; Jacques Toulemonde Vidal Directed by: Ciro Guerra This  review is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey's Film Related Musings. I would like to give a shout-out to James for allowing me to talk about this unique cinematic experience.  Embrace of the Serpent (El Abrazo de La Serpiente) was Colombia's … Continue reading Embrace of the Serpent

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

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

Star Trek: Beyond

Release: Friday, July 22, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Simon Pegg; Doug Jung Directed by: Justin Lin If this is the movie in which we go where no man has gone before, why does it feel like we've been here already? Star Trek: Beyond, a beautifully crafted feel-good blockbuster, the third such film in a post-modern interpretation of the world's second most popular … Continue reading Star Trek: Beyond

Ghostbusters

Release: Friday, July 15, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Paul Feig; Katie Dippold Directed by: Paul Feig It's fun, and perhaps more than anything inspiring, watching a foursome of funny women transforming and transcending in what was supposed to be a god-awful Ghostbusters reboot. Yeah, I said it -- I enjoyed the new movie. Bring it on, man. I ain't afraid of … Continue reading Ghostbusters

The Nice Guys

Release: Friday, May 20, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Shane Black; Anthony Bagarozzi Directed by: Shane Black Well, they're not quite Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang but The Nice Guys squeak in at a close second, offering up liberal doses of hilarity and action that's more fun than perhaps it ought to be. Which just leaves … Continue reading The Nice Guys