Tribeca Film Festival Review: ‘Blame’ Announces Quinn Shephard’s Arrival

2017 Tribeca Film Festival: It goes without saying that Quinn Shephard is an impatient actress. That’s a compliment, too. Unwilling to wait years before making her filmmaking debut, the 22-year-old actress has written, directed, edited and starred in “Blame,” an ambitious high school-set drama. A quadruple threat, any work that Shephard managed here would be […]

Live by Night

CONFIRMED: ‘Live by Night’ to Receive Limited Awards Season Release

Talk about a very busy holiday period. Ben Affleck‘s “Live by Night” has officially been given the go-ahead for a limited release on Christmas, Warner Bros. announced Tuesday. The film will also release wide on Jan. 13 as previously announced. Awards pundits were quick to note that Jan. 13 is similar to the wide release date […]

‘Live by Night’ to Be Released in December, According to Star Elle Fanning

This year’s awards season is already chock-full of exciting potentials, and back in June it seemed Warner Bros. was potentially planning on having a horse in the race with its upcoming Ben Affleck vehicle “Live by Night.” It was announced at the time that the project, which was originally scheduled to be released Oct. 20, 2017, would […]

Ben Affleck’s ‘Live by Night’ Moved Up, Sparks Awards Season Talks

This year’s awards season is already chock-full of exciting potentials such as: Denis Villeneuve‘s “Arrival,” Ang Lee‘s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” Kenneth Lonergan‘s “Manchester By The Sea,” Garth Davis‘ “Lion,” Damien Chazelle‘s “La La Land,” Morten Tyldum‘s “Passengers,” David Frankel‘s “Collateral Beauty,” Jeff Nichols’ “Loving,” and Nate Parker’s “Birth of a Nation,” just to name a few. Now […]

Film Review: Digging for Fire (★★★)

There’s something really pleasurable about watching a new act in a filmmaker’s career. With his new movie Digging for Fire, multi-hyphante Joe Swanberg has fully emerged from his mumblecore beginnings and become an incredibly nimble writer and director. His early works like Hannah Takes the Stairs or Nights and Weekends established his simple aesthetic, but it’s […]

Film Review: Manglehorn (★★★)

Even more so than with last year’s Joe, filmmaker David Gordon Green is going back to his roots in Manglehorn, what might be his most tender movie to date. A character study and meditation on loneliness, Green gets one of the best performances from Al Pacino in some time here, showcasing him in a way […]

Film Review: Alex of Venice (★★★)

After really impressing me in a big way a few years back in Smashed (which I contend should have gotten her an Academy Award nomination), Mary Elizabeth Winstead again turns in a great performance that might fly under the radar. This time, it’s for actor turned director Chris Messina in his filmmaking debut Alex of […]

Film Review: Cake (★★★)

Every once in a while, and admittedly not often enough, an actor or actress opens your eyes to talents you weren’t aware they inhabited.  Over the past few decades, I think of performers like Charlize Theron in “Monster” or Halle Berry in “Monster’s Ball” as prime examples.  Joining the elite list is the beautiful and […]

TIFF 2014 Review: Manglehorn (★★★½)

“Never have I felt more alive than when you looked at me,” murmurs the lonely locksmith (Al Pacino) to the night’s abyss, ruminating on a love from decades before. The words are spoken in voiceover and there’s a beer bottle on the horizon that he aims to shoot. Poignancy echoes off of Pacino’s gravelly voice, […]