Forest Whitaker

Dec 31 2016

Review: “Arrival”

Let’s talk about “Arrival”. Brought to you by one of my favorite working directors, Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners”, “Sicario”), this sociopolitically fueled sci-fi flick might best be described at the “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” for millennials. Writer Eric Heisserer has cooked one of the most intelligent screenplays of the year, developed from Nebula Awarding-winning […]
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Dec 13 2016

Rogue One

(Please note: this is as spoiler-free as I can make it, going so far as to not even mention new characters’ names, with action examples being nonspecific and kinda vague. I want you to enjoy this movie as much as I did and remain unspoiled.) As it says in my review of Star Wars: Episode VII […]
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Nov 11 2016

Arrival

Never has the term “thinking man’s science-fiction film” been more accurate than when describing Denis Villeneuve’s latest directorial effort, Arrival. Working from a thoughtful, complex screenplay written by Eric Heisserer – whom I dismissed as a screenwriter capable only of writing middling films based upon other sources in my review of Lights Out – Villeneuve […]
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Jul 25 2015

Southpaw

Outstanding performances from Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams and promising youngster Oona Laurence land an emotional wallop in director Antoine Fuqua’s boxing drama, from a solid script by “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter. Gyllenhaal plays undefeated light heavyweight champ Billy Hope, a Hell’s Kitchen orphanage raised success story happily married to childhood soul […]
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Sep 26 2014

Mysteries of the Unseen World

As educational films go, National Geographic’s new IMAX 3D film Mysteries of the Unseen World is one I would have loved to have seen as a grade school kid. Now playing at the Johnson IMAX theater at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Mysteries of the Unseen World aims to show its audiences the various […]
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Dec 6 2013

Out of the Furnace

I often gripe – probably too much – about films in which the characters are not adequately developed. Such is not the case with “Out of the Furnace”, the new film from director Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”), though I suppose it would be hard for a filmmaker to come up empty with the likes of […]
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