Baby Driver is one of the best films of the first half of 2017 and director Edgar Wright uses music to the film’s advantage. Written and directed by Edgar Wright, Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez, with Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx. My initial thought as I watched the movie last Wednesday was that Baby Driver utilizes the music at a level that the Guardians of the Galaxy…"Baby Driver: Music drives Edgar Wright’s Action Thriller"
Beatriz at Dinner offers intriguing social commentary as a healer takes on a business mogul at dinner and throughout the evening. Directed by Miguel Arteta from a screenplay written by Mike White, the indie film stars Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Chloë Sevigny, David Warshofsky, and John Early. Beatriz (Hayek) is invited to her client’s dinner party at her Newport Beach mansion when her car breaks down. Beatriz is so…"Beatriz at Dinner: Healer takes on Business Mogul"
Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry celebrates the life of the acclaimed Kentucky poet, teacher, farmer, and activist, Wendell Berry. Laura Dunn directed, produced, and edited the film while Jeff Sewell serves as co-director, producer , and visual designer. Filmmakers Robert Redford and Terrence Malick executive produce. Owsley Brown III, Gill Holland, Brenda Mitchell, Elaine Mussellman, and Nick Offerman co-produced the film. In addition to the aforementioned Berry, the main people interviewed include…"Look & See celebrates Wendell Berry"
If Groundhog Day had been made as a thriller, it’s possible that 2:22 could have been that film. Directed by Paul Currie from a screenplay written by Todd Stein and Nathan Parker, 2:22 stars Michael Huisman, Teresa Palmer, and Sam Reid. Dylan Branson (Michael Huisman) is an air traffic controller at JFK airport. While guiding plans to and from the ground, a flash of light occurs at 2:22 PM and when he comes to moments…"2:22 – What If Groundhog Day Was A Thriller?"
Neighborhood Food Drive is a unique comedy that sends a message of what you shouldn’t do if your restaurant has a negative image. Jerzy Rose directs from a screenplay by Halle Butler, Mike Lopez, and Rose. The dark comedy stars Lyra Hill, Bruce Bundy, Ruby McCollister, Marcos Barnes, and Ted Tremper. Jared Larson, Mike Lopez, Halle Butler, Rhoda Griffis, Chris Sullivan, John Parsons, Tommy Heffron, and Johnathan Nieves also star. Madeline (Hill) and Naomi (Bundy)…"Neighborhood Food Drive is A Unique Dark Comedy"
Rough Night is another Bachelorette Party misadventure and it falls short of being on the same level as Bridesmaids. Directed by Lucia Aniello from a screenplay written by Aniello & Paul W. Downs, Rough Night stars Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, Zoë Kravitz, Paul W. Downs, Ty Burrell, and Demi Moore. Enrique Murciano, Karan Soni, and Dean Winters also star. The R-rated comedy starts out with some college friends (Jess, Alice, Frankie,…"Rough Night: Bachelorette Party Misadventure Falls Short of Bridesmaids"
Transformers: The Last Knight is one of the dumbest action films of the year and you’ll still see it anyway. Directed by Michael Bay, the film stars Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, Jerrod Carmichael, Isabela Moner, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Santiago Cabrera, Liam Garrigan, Mitch Pileggi, and Glenn Morshower. Peter Cullen returns as the voice of Optimus Prime. The film picks up after the events of Age of Extinction, a Transformers film…"Transformers: The Last Knight is A Dumb Action Movie And You’ll Still See it"
The new shark thriller, 47 Meters Down, does just that and more in the just-released thriller. Directed by Johannes Roberts from a screenplay co-written by Roberts and Ernest Riera, the shark thriller stars Claire Holt, Mandy Moore, Chris Johnson, Yani Gellman, Santiago Segura, and Matthew Modine. Vacationing with her sister, Kate (Holt), in Mexico, Lisa (Moore) has just broken up with her ex-boyfriend, Stuart. While she wants to have some adventure to make Stuart jealous,…"47 Meters Down: A Shark-Thrilling Tale of Survival"
Lost in Paris is an indie film from a husband-and-wife team that pays an homage to the days of the silent film star, Charlie Chaplin, through the antics of their lead characters. Written and directed by Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, Lost in Paris stars Abel, Gordon, Emmanuelle Riva, and Pierre Richard. Not familiar with the duo going into this movie, I was unsure of what I should expect. It stars Gordan as a librarian…"Lost in Paris: An Ode to Charlie Chaplin"
Despite having an all-star talented cast, Once Upon A Time In Venice doesn’t live up to the action comedies that preceded it despite a talented cast. Directed by Mark Cullen from a script co-written with his brother, Rob Cullen, the film stars Bruce Willis, John Goodman, Jason Momoa, Thomas Middleditch, Famke Janssen, Stephanie Sigman, Adam Goldberg, Kal Penn, Christopher McDonald, and Wood Harris. Bruce Willis may be an action star but even his name alone…"Once Upon A Time In Venice is no Die Hard, pass on it"