With the start of school happening in many parts of the country this week, it’s safe to say the end of summer is in sight. For some, this may be a bummer, but every true cinephile knows the best time to be a fan of film is the fall and winter seasons. That’s when every major studio tucks away their destruction porn tentpoles and delivers their best award-nomination hopefuls to the world at large. The potential for something truly great to be released is higher with each passing week, and this morning we got a second look at what will …
I’ve lost count of how many times Hollywood has tried to create a definitive retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, but there has to be more than ten titles that have come and gone by now. The most recent was I, Frankenstein, and I think we can all agree that is one film that is better left forgotten.
Hollywood, generally speaking, is a slow learner. When big budget adaptations do not work out the original source material is only shelved for a period of time long enough to ensure audiences are willing to give whatever studio owns the rights …
Film: Cop Car
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Shea Whigham, Hays Welford, James Freedson-Jackson
Directed by: James Watts
I fondly look back on all of the dangerous things my brother and I did as a kid, whether it was jumping off the roof of our childhood home onto a trampoline or trespassing on the local cranberry bog. For context, we had this dreamlike machination that somewhere in that bog was some rifle-toting landowner who hated little kids. Cop Car is the kind of film that changes gears in the last act; perfectly capturing the adventurous nature of childhood in the beginning and …
Film: Straight Outta Compton
Starring: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins
Directed by: F. Gary Gray
Straight Outta Compton is a lot of fun until it’s not.
Beginning in the late 1980s, Straight Outta Compton opens with a visceral depiction of life in South Central Los Angeles at a time when tension between police and the citizens of Compton was beginning to boil over into national headlines. Eazy-E, then just another street dealer trying to get by, is seen fleeing from police in the middle of a drug raid. Dr. Dre, otherwise known to family and friends as Andre, is looking …
Film: Shaun The Sheep
Written by: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak
Directed by: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak
In a time when the word ‘Minion’ can send chills down the spine of any person with children, Shaun The Sheep delivers a fun and refreshing take on family entertainment that literally anyone can enjoy.
A spin-off from the iconic Wallace And Gromit animation empire, Shaun The Sheep is a British stop-motion cartoon that is currently receiving the big screen treatment on an international scale. Shaun The Sheep‘s first movie finds Shaun, the farmer who watches over him, and the farmer’s dog Bitzer …
The world has been impatiently awaiting the arrival of Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight for over a year, and earlier today we finally got our first glimpse at the upcoming winter release.
Offering just enough to make you want the full film, the first trailer for Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight does little more than introduce cast and premise. A bounty hunter known as The Hangman has captured a woman currently wanted by authorities, dead or alive. Unfortunately, rough winter weather has forced them to seek shelter in a building occupied by a group of questionable individuals who each seem to have …
Film: The Runner
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Peter Fonda
Directed by: Austin Stark
Despite a strong performance from Nicolas Cage, The Runner fails to capture the tension and excitement of political turmoil in an original light.
The Runner is a rare breed of film that places fictional characters amidst real world tragedies to tell a made-up story about the human experience. The setting in this instance is New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, which forced countless members of the regional fishing and boating industry to fall on hard times. Many lost their jobs, and those …
Film: Ricki and the Flash
Starring: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Sebastian Stan
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
It was either white picket fences and an idyllic family life or a chance at rock stardom for Ricki Rendazzo (Meryl Streep). That was 20 or so years ago when she chose the latter. Now, she’s crooning out hits like Tom Petty’s “American Girl” and Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away” at a dive bar, The Salt Well, with her middle-to-late aged cohorts to a steady crowd of loud drunks looking to escape their day. And escape Ricki did. Or at least she thought …
Film: Fantastic Four
Starring: Miles Teller, Kate Mara
Directed by: Josh Trank
Despite a strong cast and iconic source material, Josh Trank’s take on Fantastic Four is one of the worst superhero films ever made.
The story is simple enough. After being discovered at his high school science fair, Reed Richards is enrolled in a scientific program that allows him to continue his lifelong work on inter-dimensional travel. Along with the help of two equally brilliant young minds–as well as a good guy trouble maker whose on site against his will–Richards cracks the mystery that has been plaguing him for …
Film: The End Of The Tour
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel
Directed by: James Ponsoldt
It’s amazing how one conversation can forever change the course of our lives. You could be speaking with a close friend or a stranger on the street and, without warning, find yourself seeing the world in a whole new light. Such moments are rare and incredibly fleeting, often known solely to the people involved in the conversation itself, but the new film from James Ponsoldt finds a way to capture the magic of honest dialogue and share its beauty with the world.
Film: Listen To Me Marlon
Starring: Marlon Brando
Directed by: Stevan Riley
I have never in my life experienced a film as magically, yet meticulously put together as Listen To Me Marlon. It’s a game-changing documentary in a year filled with incredible documentaries, with a narrative that is deeply moving and utterly entrancing from the opening to the closing message.
Marlon Brando needs no introduction, but he has one to offer at the beginning of Listen To Me Marlon. The film–created by Stevan Riley–uses previously unseen footage and unheard personal recordings from Brando to tell the iconic star’s …