Mississippi Grind (****1/2) – Wind it out

Mississippi Grind - 2016 Written and Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck Starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, Alfre Woodard, Robin Weigert, James Toback "How much do you owe?" "A lot." "To who?" "Everyone." This is the rallying cry that brings a burgeoning friendship between Gerry and Curtis to the decision of throwing their lots together and … Continue reading Mississippi Grind (****1/2) – Wind it out

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The Lost City of Z (***1/2) is a document of disappointment

The Lost City of Z - 2016 Written and Directed by James Gray Based on the book by David Grann Starring  Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus Macfadyen, Ian McDiarmid, Franco Nero "Praised by the critics" is often a nice way of putting that although it is a good film technically, it's not likely to stir anyone out of their … Continue reading The Lost City of Z (***1/2) is a document of disappointment

Unfinished Business (**) is jumbled, strange and sincere

"Whether one enjoys this film or not depends on how drawn one is to Wilkinson, Price and Vaughn and how much someone can withstand Franco. Don't rent this if you are looking for a comedy, but don't expect to be as disappointed as you've heard. "

American Sniper (****1/2): Bleeds carefully with Eastwood’s heart

American Sniper - 2014 Director Clint Eastwood Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Max Charles, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Navid Negahban Screenplay Jason Hall based on the book by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice When looking into the game plan of documenting a martyr, it's not easy to present the subject as a whole person, flaws and all. One of the … Continue reading American Sniper (****1/2): Bleeds carefully with Eastwood’s heart

Foxcatcher (***): It doesn’t take a genius to be born into money

Foxcatcher - 2014 Director Bennett Miller Starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall Screenplay by E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman A story about misfits can be a sweet thing about overcoming adversity. In the case of Mark (Tatum) and Dave Shultz' (Ruffalo) intersection with John "Golden Eagle" du Pont (Carrell), it is an eerie and dangerous … Continue reading Foxcatcher (***): It doesn’t take a genius to be born into money