Kong: Skull Island takes us back to the Vietnam War era to reboot everyone’s favorite gigantic primate. It may not match the original classic but the fast-paced story holds its own. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) from a screenplay written by Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly with the story by John Gatins, it’s not a movie that makes us wait a while for King Kong in the same way…"Kong: Skull Island reboots King Kong in great fashion"
It’s one last time for Hugh Jackman as Logan’s story comes to an end in Logan, the newest installment of the X-Men franchise. Inspired by Old Man Logan, this film is very grounded and it’s not the typical superhero action film. It’s a powerful film and one really doesn’t need to see the prior films going into it as it’s a standalone pic in which one really doesn’t need to have seen the previous X-Men…"Logan: One Last Time for Wolverine"
Everything is awesome-er in this Batman-themed spin-off to The Lego Movie. Will Arnett reprises his role as Batman in this family-friendly sequel that puts Batman v Superman to task. Depending on what animated fare is being offered by Disney and Pixar this year, this one is a sure contender for Best Animated Feature. Whereas the first film was brighter, the filmmakers do a good job at depicting Batman’s classic environment. Chris McKay directs from a…"The Lego Batman Movie: Everything is Awesome-er"
What’s so funny about the Holocaust? Nothing is really funny about it but director Ferne Pearlstein explores whether or not the Holocaust should be off-limits for comedy. If it’s off-limits what becomes of other controversial topics? What is considered to be too taboo for comedy? How soon is too soon to be talking about 9/11? In her interviews with survivors, we learn that those in the concentration camps turned to humor as a survival technique…"The Last Laugh: What’s So Funny About the Holocaust?"
Written and directed by Mike Mills, the semi-autobiographical film is set in 1979 and stars Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, and Billy Crudup. Bening has drawn acclaim for her role and rightly so. 20th Century Women provides her with an opportunity to lead a film. With such a strong crowd of women in leading roles in 2016, Bening just missed out on an Academy Award nomination. Just as Bening was worthy…"20th Century Women: Annette Bening shines in Mike Mills’ new film"
Patriots Day takes us behind the scenes of the week that followed the Boston bombing in April 2013. Directed by Peter Berg, Mark Wahlberg stars as a Boston Police officer who was one of the first to respond to the attack at the Boston Marathon finish line. Wahlberg is joined by Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, and Michelle Monaghan. The screenplay was penned by Berg & Matt Cook and Joshua Zetumer and was based…"Patriots Day: Thriller revisits Boston bombing"
A Dog’s Purpose is a sentimental tearjerker. It’s a film in which any animal lover will start to get emotional so be prepared by bringing some Kleenex tissues. If you don’t want to be seen crying in the theater, it would be wise to wait for the DVD. Many people have already decided to boycott the film based on a highly edited video. That’s their loss. They chose to ignore the facts. Lasse Hallström directs…"A Dog’s Purpose: A Sentimental Tearjerker"
The Founder tells us the story of how Ray Kroc turned McDonald’s into a franchise and left the founding brothers out to dry. All of my life, I was led to believe that McDonald’s #1 in Des Plaines, Illinois, was the very first McDonald’s ever built in America. It wasn’t. It was the second. The first was owned and operated by the McDonald brothers. Kroc only discovered the brothers and the fully automated burger joint…"The Founder: How the McDonald’s Franchise Took America"
Dev Patel stars as Saroo, a native of India who is adopted by an Australian couple after getting seperated by his family. Years later, he starts to look for his hometown. Based on a true story of Saroo Brierley and directed by Top of the Lake‘s Garth Davis, Lion stars Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, and Nicole Kidman. The cast also includes Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Priyanka Bose, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Deepti Naval, and introduces Sunny Pawar. Screenwriter…"Lion: A Man’s Search for Home"
Based on the Tony-winning Broadway play of the same name, Fences is just as powerful on the big screen. Directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay written by August Wilson and based on Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Fences stars Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sidney. Troy Maxon (Washington) works as a sanitation worker in Pittsburgh. He played baseball in the Negro League but was too old…"Fences: Strong Cast Reunites for the Big Screen"