Rob Reiner’s ‘LBJ’ Biopic Gets November Release Date

“LBJ,“ the biopic about the 36th President Lyndon Johnson, will be released in theaters on November 10, 2017, according to Variety. The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. It also played at the Zurich Film Festival, New Orleans, and Annapolis. The biopic was produced by Acacia Filmed Entertainment and Castle Rock. […]

Director Guillermo del Toro Begins Principal Photography on ‘The Shape of Water’

Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer to Star Read the Press Release: Los Angeles, CA, August 15, 2016 – Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced that principal photography on THE SHAPE OF WATER began today in Toronto, Canada.  The film stars Academy Award nominee Sally […]

‘LULLABY’ starring Amy Adams, Garrett Hedlund, and Richard Jenkins: Available on DVD July 29, 2014

Los Angeles, June 27, 2014 – ARC Entertainment brings you the heart-felt drama LULABY. Written and directed by acclaimed fine artist Andrew Levitas (Hellbent, Beauty Shop), the film stars Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy, Inside Llewyn Davis, Pan), Academy Award Nominee Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Eat, Pray, Love), Academy Award Nominee Amy Adams (American Hustle, Her, […]

God’s Pocket (★★)

There’s no such thing as a bad performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman, and that’s true even when the movie surrounding the late actor isn’t up to par. Such is the case with actor John Slattery‘s directorial debut God’s Pocket, an incredibly uneven film that has a few strong moments and some solid performances, but is […]

IFC Films Picks Up U.S. Rights to John Slattery’s ‘God’s Pocket’

Read the Press Release: PARK CITY, UTAH (January 22, 2014) – IFC Films announced today from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to John Slattery’s directorial debut film, GOD’S POCKET. The film, with a screenplay by Slattery and Alex Metcalf, stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, and John […]

White House Down (***)

Once upon a time I didn’t care much for Channing Tatum. He appeared in terrible films and gave less than acceptable performances, and sometimes worse than that. Then, over the last year and a half or so, he’s completely turned it around. From appearing in smaller parts that stretched his abilities to really capturing my […]

Killing Them Softly: A Future Appreciation

Last year I saw a number of great films that never got the attention that they deserved. Chief among them was Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly, and with the flick coming to Blu-Ray/DVD next week I decided to take this opportunity to re-visit it and talk a little more about why this is going to […]

Jack Reacher (***)

Much like the title character, the film ‘Jack Reacher’ gets in, does its job, and gets out. Tom Cruise’s potential new franchise is a decidedly low tech detective story that offers audiences some old school entertainment. It’s hardly original, but I’m pretty sure that’s intentional on the part of Cruise and writer/director Christopher McQuarrie. They […]

Killing Them Softly (***½)

As angry as any film you’ll see this year, but also probably as entertaining at the same time, ‘Killing Them Softly’ is a movie that works on multiple levels. Some might only see an effective and enjoyable mob tale, and some filmmakers might have been content to stop there, but others will no doubt notice […]

New Trailer for Tom Cruise Action Film ‘Jack Reacher’

Tom Cruise stars as the title character in Jack Reacher, an action film that on the surface appears to steal the best parts of Drive, the Bourne films, and Taken. The most attractive element of Christopher McQuarrie’s (The Usual Suspects) thriller (aside from Rosamund Pike co-starring) might be seeing legendary documentarian Werner Herzog as the […]

Getting a ‘Liberal Arts’ Degree from Josh Radnor and cast!

On Monday I was invited to take part in a series of interviews with writer/director/actor Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, and Richard Jenkins in honor of the impending release of Radnor’s sophomore feature ‘Liberal Arts’. It’s not any sort of secret that I loved the film (found here), so this was a Press Day to look […]

Liberal Arts (***½)

While I definitely enjoyed Josh Radnor’s first feature, I wasn’t prepared at all for the giant leap forward that he takes as a filmmaker with ‘Liberal Art’s, an absolute gift of a motion picture. Besides Radnor’s sublime writing and direction, he also turns in a fine lead performance, not to mention the outstanding work from […]

Trailer for ‘Killing Them Softly’

Last night, a Trailer we’ve been waiting a while for finally dropped into our laps. Andrew Dominik made a gem the last time out with ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’ and now he’s back with the Brad Pitt crime flick ‘Killing Them Softly’. The Trailer can be seen after the […]

The Cabin in the Woods (****)

You really shouldn’t be reading my review of ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ right now. Honestly, you shouldn’t be reading any reviews of ‘The Cabin in the Woods’, you should just be making the time to see this masterpiece of a film. In fact, go now and see the movie…I’ll wait (and when you get […]

Awards Profile: Killing Them Softly

Directed by: Andrew Dominik Written by: Andrew Dominik Cast: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Sam Shepard, Garret Dillahunt, and Slaine Synopsis (from Coming Soon): Adapted from George V. Higgins novel and set in New Orleans, “Cogan’s Trade” (now entitled Killing Them Softly) follows professional enforcer, Jackie Cogan (Brad […]

Norman (**)

Shot on a shoestring budget in Spokane, Washington, “Norman” is a film which overcomes some of the traditional trappings of an independent drama, dusts itself off and begins to matter, until devolving into an unrealistic and hackneyed conclusion. Never in love with the film, I stayed with it and began to warm to the main […]