David Lowery’s A Ghost Story is a unique movie-going experience that will haunt you long after the credits finish rolling. The movie closed out the Chicago Critics Film Festival this past May with a nearly sold out crowd in attendance. Reuniting his Ain’t Them Bodies Saints co-stars, Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, writer-director Lowery returned to Sundance this year with a film that could only be made as such. A story of this nature could…"A Ghost Story is A Unique Movie-Going Experience"
Hickok may not be the best Western to have been made but the film manages to do the job with the first big screen depiction of the lawman since 1999’s Purgatory. Directed by Timothy Woodward Jr. from a screenplay written by Michael Lanahan, the western stars Luke Hemsworth, Trace Adkins, Kris Kristofferson, and Bruce Dern. Cameron Richardson, Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereasu, Robert Catrini, and Hunter Fischer also star. While the Western isn’t a dying genre, the fare…"Hickok brings Wild Bill back to the Big Screen"
Spider-Man: Homecoming is the best incarnation of Spider-Man on the big screen as the web-slinger joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe in his first big screen adventure. Following his brief appearance in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) returns to the big screen for a new adventure. For years, there was talk of Larry David playing the Vulture if Sam Raimi had been allowed to make a fourth Spider-Man movie. I don’t know how…"Spider-Man: Homecoming is The Best Spider-Man Yet"
Austin Found tells the story of what one mother will do for fame. Directed by Will Raee from a screenplay written by Brenna Graziano, the indie comedy stars Linda Cardellini, Skeet Ulrich, Ursula Parker, Patrick Warburton, Jon Daly, Chris Parnell, Matt Jones, with Kirsten Schaal and Craig Robinson. Leanne Miller (Cardellini) used to be the queen bee in high school. Nowadays, she’s the mother of a young girl, Patty (Parker) that she enters in beauty…"Austin Found: What A Mother Will Do For Fame"
The Journey tells the story of two Irish politicians who couldn’t be further from each other politically. Directed by Nick Hamm from a screenplay written by Colin Bateman, The Journey stars Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Toby Stephens, Catherine McCormack, Ian McElhinney, with Freddie Highmore and John Hurt. This is one of Hurt’s final appearances on screen as the actor died this past January. This is a film that shows us that it is possible to…"The Journey: What happens when Irish opposites meet?"
Despicable Me 3 isn’t the best outing for the franchise but if you’re looking for laughs from a studio comedy in 2017, the best offerings this year are from animated films. Directed by Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon, and based on a screenplay written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated comedy stars Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate and…"Despicable Me 3 is alright, but laughs are rare"
The Reagan Show is a sober reminder of what America is lacking: a politician who can act presidential as the leader of the free world. Directed by Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill from a screenplay written by Josh Alexander, Velez, and Francisco Bello, The Reagan Show is made completely of archival footage filmed by the Reagan Administration and network news. Reagan’s presidency was the most filmed of any presidential administration that came before to the…"The Reagan Show Reminds Us How A President Should Act"
The Beguiled may be a remake of the 1971 movie of the same name but the acting performances are so strong in this psychological thriller that it almost doesn’t even matter. Written for the screen and directed by Sofia Coppola from the book written by Thomas Cullinan, the period drama stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning. Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, Emma Howard, and Addison Riecke all play boarding school students. Three…"The Beguiled: Strong Performances in Civil War Drama"
The Big Sick is one of the best films to come out so far in 2017. Directed by Michael Showalter from a screenplay written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Adeel Akhtar, Bo Burnham, Aidy Bryant, and Kurt Braunohler. Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel produce. To say that this film is a laugh riot would not be an understatement. …"The Big Sick is One of 2017’s Best Films"
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"