Isle of Dogs (*****) is one of the best

I love dogs but #isleofdogs is better than any film this year. "See this if you can. You shouldn't regret it if you have a sense of vision and a sense of humor."

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Doctor Strange (****) cuts a few corners but is no less enjoyable

  Dr. Strange - 2016 Director Scott Derrickson Screenplay by John Spaihts, C. Robert Cargill and Derrickson Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton We may be reaching a breaking point on guest stars in Marvel films. The talent in Dr. Strange is at once invigorating and frustrating. To find that Ejiofor plays Mordo … Continue reading Doctor Strange (****) cuts a few corners but is no less enjoyable

Trainwreck (****) is long, well acted and kind of funny

Trainwreck - 2015 Director Judd Apatow Starring Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, John Cena, Vanessa Bayer, Mike Birbiglia, Ezra Miller, Tilda Swinton, LeBron James Screenplay Schumer It may be for the best, but I had not seen much of Amy Schumer prior to watching Trainwreck. That tactic worked for Ted, because one of the things I heard a lot was it isn't the same … Continue reading Trainwreck (****) is long, well acted and kind of funny

Snowpiercer gets to the heart of the matter

Snowpiercer - 2013 Director Boon Joon-Ho Starring Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris Screenplay Joon-Ho and Kelly Masterson  An inadvertent addition to the growing trend of movies going straight to video on demand, Boon Joon-Ho's Snowpiercer, along with Mike James' Roger Ebert opus, Life Itself have forever changed my mind on the value … Continue reading Snowpiercer gets to the heart of the matter

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Having a story to tell can do wonders

Grand Budapest Hotel - 2014 Written and Directed by Wes Anderson Starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Léa Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tony Revolori Wes Anderson films inspire a groundswell of apathy from me.  Often his work feels like Jazz to me, a form of art given much credit, even … Continue reading The Grand Budapest Hotel: Having a story to tell can do wonders

Moonrise Kingdom: I get it. I just don’t care.

Moonrise Kingdom - 2012 Director Wes Anderson Starring Jared Gilman, Kara Howard, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban Screenplay Anderson and Roman Coppola The only Wes Anderson movies I own are The Life Aquatic... and The Fantastic Mr. Fox.  According to Rotten Tomatoes, the former is his … Continue reading Moonrise Kingdom: I get it. I just don’t care.