Tribeca Film Review: High-Rise (★★)

Tribeca Film Review: High-Rise (★★)

There’s no lack of ambition to be found in Ben Wheatley‘s new project High-Rise, but unfortunately, there isn’t any subtlety either. One of my bigger disappointments this year at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, this is an allegorical drama that just seems way too jumbled. Perhaps there’s something lost in the translation from book to […]

Tribeca Film Review: A Hologram for the King (★★½)

2016 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: There’s a ton of talent on display in A Hologram for the King, from the source material being Dave Eggers‘ novel of the same name, to Tom Tykwer at the helm, not to mention Tom Hanks in the lead role. Frankly, it should have made for something potentially special here at […]

2016 Awards Profile: ‘Snowden’ from Oliver Stone

2016 Awards Profile: ‘Snowden’ from Oliver Stone

Welcome to the 2016 Awards Profiles series, where we talk about high and low-profile films coming to a theater near you at some point this year.  We will analyze the potential for these films to be players for the Academy Awards, and while many of these have the potential to be recognized, many will not […]

2016 Awards Profile: ‘Story of Your Life’ from Denis Villeneuve

2016 Awards Profile: ‘Story of Your Life’ from Denis Villeneuve

Welcome to the 2016 Awards Profiles series, where we talk about high and low-profile films coming to a theater near you at some point this year. We will analyze the potential for these films to be players for the Academy Awards, and while many of these have the potential to be recognized, many will not […]

2016 Awards Profile: ‘The Lost City of Z’ from James Gray

2016 Awards Profile: ‘The Lost City of Z’ from James Gray

Welcome to the 2016 Awards Profiles series, where we talk about high and low-profile films coming to a theater near you at some point this year.  We will analyze the potential for these films to be players for the Academy Awards, and while many of these have the potential to be recognized, many will not […]

2016 Awards Profile: ‘War Machine’ from David Michôd

2016 Awards Profile: ‘War Machine’ from David Michôd

Welcome to the 2016 Awards Profiles series, where we talk about high and low-profile films coming to a theater near you at some point this year.  We will analyze the potential for these films to be players for the Academy Awards, and while many of these have the potential to be recognized, many will not […]

Film Review: How to Be Single (★★½)

Film Review: How to Be Single (★★½)

For some reason, the annual Valentine’s Day weekend romantic comedy offering tends to be a bit better than usual for a February release. This year, we have How to Be Single, a messy but mostly enjoyable rom com that will likely find an audience this holiday weekend. The film does want to have its cake […]

Film Review: The 5th Wave (★★)

Film Review: The 5th Wave (★★)

Checking off just about every single one of the boxes needed for a run of the mill YA adaptation, The 5th Wave is about as standard as it gets, from the end of the world setting to the inevitable love triangle of sorts that develops. With only one exception (which you’ll hear about shortly), nothing […]

Awards Circuit Book Nook for January 2016

Awards Circuit Book Nook for January 2016

It’s a new year and that means a new spate of books to crack open and consume. Since January’s typical a dead month there’s little in theaters that’s adapted, let alone worth reading. So let’s look at a few picks you might have received at Christmas-time worth reading until the movies become entertaining again. The […]

Film Review #2: The Big Short (★★★)

Film Review #2: The Big Short (★★★)

In some ways, I truly think that only a filmmaker with a background in comedy could have made The Big Short work like it does. Co-writer/director Adam McKay takes a depressing and deeply serious subject and infuses it with enough dark comedy to make the whole thing go down smoothly. In fact, considering how dense […]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (★★★)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (★★★)

The franchise has finally come to an end. What began in The Hunger Games and begun wrapping up with the unnecessarily bifurcated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is now over. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 suffers from being only part of a whole, but it’s the superior part, heavy on tension […]

Film Review: The 33 (★★)

Film Review: The 33 (★★)

I have no doubt that there’s a powerful film to be made about the chilean miners that captured our attention about a half decade ago. Sadly, The 33 is not that film. Well intentioned and good natured, the movie is all over the place, with certain sequences that are downright terrible. Now, director Patricia Riggen […]

Awards Circuit Book Nook for November 2015

Awards Circuit Book Nook for November 2015

With the winter fast approaching here’s some Hollywood tomes worth reading over a cup of hot tea! NOW PLAYING The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith  Patricia Highsmith ranks up there as one of the most overly adapted authors, and yet many of her films never get the critical or commercial cache, and that could […]

Film Review: Trumbo (★★★½)

Film Review: Trumbo (★★★½)

Biopics go hand in hand with awards season, we all know that. Especially when the subject matter is serious, you expect some level of Oscar aspiration. Still, you don’t normally expect heavy material to be given a delightfully light touch, but that’s the case here with Trumbo. In telling this story, the choice of Jay […]

Film Review: I Smile Back (★★★)

Film Review: I Smile Back (★★★)

There’s something inherently compelling about watching a comedic actor or actress try out their dramatic muscles. For the last few years, comedian turned actress Sarah Silverman has been dipping her toes in more serious waters, but I Smile Back is her first completely serious role and she really knocks it out of the park. The film […]

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