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A Visionary Force

If summer has not arrived yet where you are, do not fret. I am already ready for fall! Here is the trailer for the new Blade Runner 2049 that picks up in Ridley Scott’s legendary world thirty-five years later. This time Denis Villeneuve is at the helm so now is the time to catch up on his…

Open Season of Violence

Free Fire (2017) D: Ben Wheatley. DP: Laurie Rose. W: Amy Jump & Ben Wheatley. Starring: Armie Hammer/Sharlto Copley/Cillian Murphy/Brie Larson/Sam Riley/Babou Ceesay/Michael Smiley/Jack Reynor/Noah Taylor/Enzo Cilenti. British filmmaker Ben Wheatley’s new film sports endless flash. Gunshots galore explode throughout his film centered on an arms deal gone wrong. The filmmaker himself deftly describes Free Fire as…

Before the Age of Exploitation

Christine (2017) D: Antonio Campos. W: Craig Shilowich. DP: Joe Anderson. Starring: Rebecca Hall/Michael C. Hall/Tracey Letts/Maria Dizzia/J. Smith-Cameron/Timothy Simons/Kim Shaw/John Cullum. Last month saw some sleeper releases. Hidden gems amid the flurry of Oscars season. With heads clearing from Sunday night’s madness we might be finally able to get back into what’s on at…

One Mean Burger

The Founder (2017) D: John Lee Hancock. W: Robert D. Seigel. DP: John Schwartzman. Starring: Michael Keaton/Nick Offerman/John Carroll Lynch/Laura Dern/B.J. Novak/Patrick Wilson/Linda Cardellini. The anti-hero roles for Michael Keaton continue with his new turn as McDonald’s Corporation founder Ray Kroc in the film The Founder. Even if you are ignorant of the bulldozing story…

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A Whole New World

The first trailer for the Netflix acquisition The Discovery is here. Director Charlie McDowell’s film stars Jason Segal as a son visiting his father (Robert Redford) who just so happens to have proven the afterlife, resulting in mass suicides. The Discovery premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where I had the chance to see…

The Presidential Widow

Jackie (2017) D: Pablo Lorraín. W: Noah Oppenheim. DP: Stéphanie Fontaine. Starring: Natalie Portman/Billy Crudup/Peter Sarsgaard/Greta Gerwig/John Hurt/Richard E. Grant/Caspar Phillipson/Beth Grant/John Carroll Lynch. As we head into the Academy Awards this weekend it cannot be denied that this cinematic year has included many heavy hitters. Part of this community is Jackie. The film is…

An Anecdotal Life

20th Century Women (2016) D/W: Mike Mills. DP: Sean Porter. Starring: Annette Bening/Elle Fanning/Greta Gerwig/Lucas Jade Zumann/Billy Crudup/Alison Elliot/Thea Gill. Amid the haze of award season some films get pushed to the sidelines. Funny, well crafted stories that cannot compete with some heavy hitters, but are far better than most large scale commercial releases you…

Splendor in the Page

Nocturnal Animals (2016) W/D: Tom Ford. DP: Seamus McGarvey. Starring: Amy Adams/Jake Gyllenhaal/Michael Shannon/Aaron Taylor-Johnson/Isla Fisher/Armie Hammer/Ellie Bamber/Karl Glusman/Laura Linney/Michael Shannon/Andrea Riseborough/Robert Aramayo. (Based on the novel Tony & Susan by Austin Wright)  It is rarity in the world of film adaptions to find a film that manages to improve upon a novel with such style as Nocturnal…

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A First Lady Film

The trailer of the moment seems to be the new Jackie Kennedy biopic merely titled Jackie. From Chilean director Pablo Lorrain, Jackie stars Oscar winner (for Black Swan) Natalie Portman in what looks to be an operatically creative profile of the iconic first lady. Hitting all the high profile festivals, the film will bow in the theaters in…

A Villainous Catastrophe

Suicide Squad (2016) D/W: David Ayer. DP: Roman Wasyanov. Starring: Will Smith/Margot Robbie/Viola Davis/Jared Leto/Cara Delevigne/Joel Kinnaman/Jai Courtney/Jay Hernandez/Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje/Scott Eastwood/Adam Beach. If you have not been bombarded by the marketing campaign that was the lead up to Suicide Squad I want a holiday to where you live. Psychedelic posters galore there were some smart moves…

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More Than Meets the Eye

As award season arrives a lot of trailers will be hitting the waves as the Venice Festival and Toronto Festival let us know what is worth seeing. Here is the first trailer for Shut In starring Naomi Watts, Jacob Trembley from Room, and Charlie Heaton from Netflix’s hit Stranger Things. Watts plays a child psychologist who takes…

One Size Fits All

The BFG (2016) D: Steven Spielberg. DP: Janusz Kaminski. W: Melissa Mathison. (Based on the novel by Roald Dahl). Starring: Mark Rylance/Ruby Barnhill/Penelope Wiltern/Rebecca Hall/Rafe Spall/Bill Hader. A grand premiere in Cannes and a good showing at the box office, The BFG is on its way to becoming a children’s classic film adaptation. This was the…

A Standard Fit

Star Trek Beyond (2016) D: Justin Lin. DP: Stephen F. Windon. W: Simon Pegg & Doug Jung. Starring: Chris Pine/Zachary Quinto/Karl Urban/Zoe Saldana/Simon Pegg/John Cho/Anton Yelchin/Idris Elba/Sofia Boutella/Shohreh Aghdashloo. The next installment for the summer is Star Trek Beyond. The franchise has already made headlines in the untimely death of young actor Anton Yelchin who plays…

Stop Fussing and Laugh

Ghostbusters (2016) D: Paul Feig. DP: Rovert D. Yeoman. W: Paul Feig & Katie Dippold. Starring: Melissa McCarthy/Kristen Wiig/Kate McKinnon/Leslie Jones/Chris Hemsworth/Andy Garcia/Cecily Strong/Neil Casey/Charles Dance/Zach Woods. Nothing has caused a stir quite like this all female remake of the 1984 comedy Ghostbusters. In concept alone the new film was immediately criticized and spoofed. Will other…

Eddy & Patsy’s Final Mess

Absolutely Fabulous (2016) D: Mandi Fletcher. DP: Chris Goodger. W: Jennifer Saunders. Starring: Jennifer Saunders/Joanna Lumley/Julia Sawalha/Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness/Jane Horrocks/Robert Webb/Chris Colfer/Celie Imrie/Mark Gatniss.  A beloved British television series has now hit the big screens as Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley return as Edina and Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. Having not seen a lot of…