Review

Like the Burgers it’s About, ‘The Founder’ is a Well-Done Biopic

I’m enjoying this Michael Keaton renaissance. “The Founder” tells the true tale of how Ray Kroc (Keaton) came to run the McDonald’s food chain and turn it into the franchised empire we know today. Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch play the McDonald brothers as Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson, B. J. Novak and Laura Dern… Continue reading Like the Burgers it’s About, ‘The Founder’ is a Well-Done Biopic

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2017 Oscar Nominations and Reactions

It’s most every film fan’s favorite time of the year again: Oscar Season (unless you’re like me and the Summer Movie Season takes precedence). The nominees were announced Tuesday and as expected, “La La Land” cleaned up house with a record-tying 14 nominations including Best Picture, and there were a few surprises along the way… Continue reading 2017 Oscar Nominations and Reactions

Review

‘Split’ Features Great Performances, Not So Strong Execution

An ending can often make or break a film; a strong case can be made this film’s ending breaks it. “Split” is the latest film from writer/director M. Night Shyamalan and follows a man with a multiple personality disorder (James McAvoy) who kidnaps three teenage girls (Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson and Jessica Sula). A… Continue reading ‘Split’ Features Great Performances, Not So Strong Execution

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‘Patriots Day’ a Solid, Respectful Thriller with a Few Stumbles

This, “Lone Survivor,” “Deepwater Horizon”… guess Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg are just going to spend the rest of their careers making films about recent tragedies. “Patriots Day” is about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its subsequent manhunt. Mark Wahlberg, J. K. Simmons, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon and Michelle Monaghan all star as Peter… Continue reading ‘Patriots Day’ a Solid, Respectful Thriller with a Few Stumbles

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‘Silence’ Easier to Admire than Enjoy

This is honestly going to be one of the most difficult reviews I’ve ever written… “Silence” is the latest film from Martin Scorsese, a passion project of the director’s for over 25 years. The film follows two 17th-century Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who travel from Portugal to Japan in order to locate… Continue reading ‘Silence’ Easier to Admire than Enjoy

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‘Monster Trucks’ Inexplicably Well-Cast, Expectedly Blandly Written

This is one of those instances where you sit watching a movie and the entire time you think, “how the hell did this thing get made?” “Monster Trucks” is a “family comedy” (both terms used lightly) starring Lucas Till as a high schooler who finds out a monster from a drilling accident has taken shelter… Continue reading ‘Monster Trucks’ Inexplicably Well-Cast, Expectedly Blandly Written

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‘Live by Night’ a Beautiful-Looking Letdown

2016 is over, but its films are still letting us down. “Live by Night” is the fourth directorial effort from Ben Affleck, based on the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane, and follows a prohibition Boston bootlegger who moves to Florida to corner the rum market. Affleck stars alongside Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson,… Continue reading ‘Live by Night’ a Beautiful-Looking Letdown