It Comes at Night (**1/2): And…?

"I thought this was supposed to be scary."

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Loving (*****) brick by brick

#loving is one incredible true film event. If you can see it, do so. This should see plenty of nominations, but probably won't because it's not tied to an agenda.

Jane Got A Gun (***1/2): Hell’s coming with me

O'Connor has not done nearly as much as a director of his caliber since his incredible last effort, Warrior, mentioned earlier. If nothing else, Jane Got A Gun shows that he can take other people's material and make something that we can feel. It's a good, memorable western that allows us to know we come from a stark reality. It is a film that college students of today should watch before they make another demand for safe space. People can survive a lot tougher battles than words.

Midnight Special (****) has a familiar shine

Nichols succeeds with this story, but not to the level of his previous work. The pace works, and the effects are in keeping with the rest of the story up until that big reveal. If you loved what Nichols has done before, you will like this one. That it's not the groundbreaking work one would hope for feels like a disappointment, and that's a little unfair. If you hadn't seen the previous work of the director with his number one actor, you'd think this film is more than fine.

Black Mass (**) is not moving

Someone messes up, they go for a car ride, they get whacked. Someone gets arrested, they talk (or don't) they go for a car ride...you know.

The Gift (****) that cannot be returned

The Gift - 2015 Written, Directed and Starring Joel Edgerton Starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall Joel Edgerton is one of the more talented actors I have seen in recent years. His work in Animal Kingdom, Warrior and more recently The Great Gatsby are a good start for the uninitiated. At first glance of the trailer, this movie … Continue reading The Gift (****) that cannot be returned

Exodus Gods and Kings (****): Moses, Ramses II, God and his Angels

Exodus - Gods and Kings (2014) Directed by Ridley Scott Starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, María Valverde, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Andrew Tarbet, Isaac Andrews Screenplay Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine, Steven Zaillian The prospect of a big budget film based on The Holy Bible is immediately deserving of skepticism these days. For some, like Aronofsky, use it to "explore … Continue reading Exodus Gods and Kings (****): Moses, Ramses II, God and his Angels

I Don’t Have A Vote: 86th Oscars…feel the excitement

The 86th Annual Oscars - Try to stay awake My excitement for the Oscars has never been more quaint.  I enjoy the spectacle, but more often than not find myself astounded at who is nominated (Gravity? Really?  For anything more than technical?) and who is not (The Great Gatsby?  Really?  For only technical?).  This year … Continue reading I Don’t Have A Vote: 86th Oscars…feel the excitement

The Great Gatsby: His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one…

The Great Gatsby - 2013 Director Baz Luhrmann Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke Screenplay by Luhrmann and Craig Pearce based on the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald "It was all for her.  The house.  The parties.  Everything." Daisy is his Rosebud.  But she's so much less. The moment his heart was fulfilled was the moment that … Continue reading The Great Gatsby: His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one…

Zero Dark Thirty or Forty, Whatever it Takes.

Zero Dark Thirty - 2012 Director Katheryn Bigelow Starring Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Ehle, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Harold Perrineau, Chris Pratt, Édgar Ramírez, Mark Duplass, James Gandolfini Screenplay Mark Boal I spent much of the Bush administration reading books about the wars in the middle east after 9/11.  Most of it was read in disgust … Continue reading Zero Dark Thirty or Forty, Whatever it Takes.