Tribeca Film Review: The Meddler (★★★)

Tribeca Film Review: The Meddler (★★★)

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: An enjoyable dramedy that also puts forward the rare romantic subplot featuring actors not in their 20’s or 30’s, The Meddler has something a bit unique to offer the marketplace. One of the more crowd pleasing efforts I’ve seen at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, it works best as a vehicle for […]

Historical Circuit: Pretty Baby (1978) (★★★½)

Historical Circuit: Pretty Baby (1978) (★★★½)

By 1978 second-wave feminism saw many landmark decisions and events including the first National Women’s Conference in a century, court cases involving marital rape, and the continued disinterest in an Equal Rights Amendment. 1978 was also the year sexualizing young girls came to the forefront. Yes, the objectification of young girls wasn’t anything new before […]

Historical Circuit Halloween: The Hunger (★★)

Historical Circuit Halloween: The Hunger (★★)

The vampire as a symbol in horror films has evolved throughout the years, with each decade’s take on the fanged menace moving from representing the fear of the foreigner to the power of illicit sex. The 1980s vampire’s lust for blood came to embody its own brand of horror: AIDS, and specifically the increasing belief […]

Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up ‘The Meddler’ with Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne

Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up ‘The Meddler’ with Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne

NEW YORK (August 25, 2015) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will theatrically release THE MEDDLER, starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and J.K. Simmons, in North America.  Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria (Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World), the film will have its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto […]

Watch the New Trailer for ‘ABOUT RAY’ starring Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon

Watch the New Trailer for ‘ABOUT RAY’ starring Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon

—————————- ABOUT RAY – In Theaters September 18 —————————- Starring: Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon, Tate Donovan, Linda Emond, Sam Trammell, Maria Dizzia Directed by: Gaby Dellal Written by: Nikole Beckwith and Gaby Dellal —————————- Synopsis ABOUT RAY tells the stirring and touching story of three generations of a family living under one roof in New […]

Tammy (★½)

Tammy (★½)

Whatever happened to the Melissa McCarthy from Bridesmaids? You know, the Oscar nominated one who stole the show and tickled our funny bone…where has she gone? Is she ever coming back? With the misfire Tammy, McCarthy is trying to trade in her improvisational riffing for something more scripted and traditional, a decision that doesn’t suit […]

New Trailer & Poster for ‘The Last of Robin Hood’

New Trailer & Poster for ‘The Last of Robin Hood’

The Last of Robin Hood – In Theaters August 29th! —————————- Starring: Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon, Dakota Fanning Written and Directed By: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland —————————-  Rating: R Running Time: 90 Minutes —————————- Synopsis: Errol Flynn, the swashbuckling Hollywood star and notorious ladies man, flouted convention all his life, but never more brazenly than in his last years when, […]

Snitch (***)

Snitch is one of those films that you go in expecting one thing and get those judgments and preconceived notions blown to bits by a sharp screenplay, fantastic acting, and confident direction. A fascinating character study wrapped in the thin shroud of an action thriller, Snitch, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a powerful statement film about drug […]

Weekend Openings: 2/22/2013

As Awards Season draws to a close this weekend, new releases feebly hoping for some viewership are kept to a conservative minimum.  With no shortage of derivative action and horror pictures monopolizing theaters in the year’s early months, Dwayne Johnson (in his first of many) joins they fray with Snitch along with paranormal thriller Dark […]

Two Lead Contenders on Lionsgate Awards Plate

When the Lionsgate Awards site went LIVE today and listed their slate of contenders involving Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Fisher Stevens’ Stand Up Guys, Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games, Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage, and J.A. Bayona’s The Impossible, I started to analyze how this year could pan out for smaller films that […]

Snippet Reviews

Cloud Atlas (***½) Simply put, Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas is an allegory about love, freedom, and the connectivity of the human spirit throughout all of time, space, and everything in between. But there is nothing simple about this film – this challengingly ambitious and wildly intrepid film – that weaves six […]

Arbitrage (***½)

Arbitrage is a film that might seem like little more than a energetic, well acted film about the financial crisis, but underneath the surface is a hauntingly urgent requiem on the American Dream and the moral fabric of the country. Using a bevy of fantastic performances and a sharp script, the film is a great Rorshach […]

TIFF: Pleasant “Tiki,” Sarandon steals “Company,” and Watts isn’t enough for “Impossible”

KON TIKI (***)…When I was 12 my grandparents gave me the book about Thor Heyerdahl, a 20th century photographer and ethnographer who in 1947 set out on an extraordinary adventure that everyone told him was impossible. Heyerdahl set out on the 8,000 mile voyage across the Pacific Ocean on a raft built of balsa wood, […]

Oscar Circuit: Resistance is Futile

As Telluride and Venice ended and we sit in the heat that is the Toronto Film Festival, I’m updating Oscar Predictions slowly but surely.  Screenings are happening daily and the race could change in a matter of seconds.  My solution is to update one category per day for the next 20 days.  By then Toronto […]

Watch the Trailer for Robert Redford’s ‘The Company You Keep’

As an actor, Robert Redford has been a part of a few of my favorite films of all time. From Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), to The Sting (1973), to All the President’s Men (1976), his resume is pretty outstanding. As a director, however, the results have been a little more mixed bag. […]