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 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…

Too Big for its Britches

The Program (2015). D: Stephen Frears. DP: Danny Cohen. W: John Hodge (Based on David Walsh’s book Seven Deadly Sins and My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong) Starring: Ben Foster/Chris O’Dowd/Jesse Plemmons/Dustin Hoffman/Guillaume Canet/Lee Pace/Elaine Cassidy/Laura Donnelly. Oh the biopic. As I mentioned in my review of Straight Outta Compton the biopic has a tempestuous history…