Crown Heights tells the true story of Colin Warner and the road he underwent to get his freedom after being wrongfully convicted of murder. Written and directed by Matt Ruskin, the biopic stars Lakeith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Paul, Amari Cheatom, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Nestor Carbonell, Zach Grenier, Josh Pais, Yul Vazquez, Ron Canada, with Bill Camp. It’s 1980 when Marvin Grant gets gunned down in Flatbush, Brooklyn. The only witness that the police are…"Crown Heights: Colin Warner’s Fight For Freedom"
The Layover is a hot mess from start to finish and so full of cliches but one can’t help from watching it. Hornsby and Krall have written for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia but this film doesn’t live up to even that sitcom’s standards. These women are among of the most poorly-written female characters that I’ve ever seen. You almost have to feel bad for Kate Upton after her being cast in The Other Woman. …"The Layover is A Hot Mess, Not Worth the Time"
I Do…Until I Don’t boasts an all-star cast but the laughs are few and far between. Written and directed by Lake Bell, the film stars Bell, Ed Helms, Dolly Wells, Amber Heard, Wyatt Cenac, , Chace Crawford, with Paul Reiser, and Mary Steenburgen. Vivian (Wells) is a documentary filmmaker and she’s going around Vero Beach, Fla., in hopes of finding some couples to be in her next film. With lifespans getting longer and attention spans…"I Do…Until I Don’t falls short"
August has been a down month at the box office even as we head towards a Labor Day weekend that won’t see the studios release a huge film. But for so many films selected for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, it’s been an even bigger struggle to make a dent. Throw in the wide releases this past month and the box office is really telling. Overall weekend grosses have dropped from $122,787,691 at the start…"What happened with Indie Films at the Box Office in August?"
Beach Rats won’t be a film that appeals to the masses but Eliza Hittman delivers a quality film nevertheless. Written and directed by Eliza Hittman, the film stars Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, and Kate Hodge. Set in Brooklyn, Frankie (Dickinson) is struggling with who he is as his father is dying of cancer. He searches the internet to hookup with older men but he never really comes out as gay in the film. He chats…"Beach Rats: Not Quite a Coming-Out Story"
Actor Collin Smith took some time to speak with Solzy at the Movies about the recently released film, Bear with Us. Naturally, our love of the Kentucky Wildcats took over the conversation. Thank you for joining Solzy at the Movies today. How are things treating you? Collin Smith: Good, thanks. We finally connect. Bear with Us is your fourth project with director William J. Stribling. What is it about his work that has you coming…"Collin Smith talks Bear with Us, Kentucky Wildcats"
Goon: Last of the Enforcers suffers from sequelitis in that it’s not quite as great as the first film but it’s still one that is fun to watch. Directed by Jay Baruchel from a screenplay written by Baruchel and Jesse Chabot, the sequel stars Seann William Scott, Alison Pill, Marc-André Grondin, Wyatt Russell, Callum Keith Rennie, Jason Jones, with Jay Baruchel, with Elisha Cuthbert, Kim Coates, and Liev Schreiber. This is the feature directorial debut…"Goon: Last of the Enforcers not as fun as Goon but still fun"
On Sunday afternoon at Wizard World, a crowd gathered in Room 3 for The Marvel Saga. The panel was hosted by Danny Fingeroth, Jim Salicrup, and Mikey Babinski. Dean Haspiel was supposed to be on the panel but following the previous panel on the most neurotic superhero, he decided to go back to his booth on the floor. The presentation was titled Marvel at 78: From The Golden Age to Spiderman: Homecoming. It was pretty…"Wizard World: Marvel at 78 panel was entertaining"
On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone shows how dedicated director/producer Michael Rubenstone is when it comes to meeting the hard-to-find Sly Stone. Rubenstone paves the road in 2001 when he finds himself unhappy in New York and moves to Los Angeles to find acting work, listening to Sly and the Family Stone on the road trip. Rubenstone lands a few small acting roles in LA but turns to seek out the reclusive…"Dedication pays off in On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone"
Disney Legend Floyd Norman is the focus of Floyd Norman: An Animated Documentary. The film made it’s Chicago premiere over the weekend during the Black Harvest Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Co-directed by Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey, the documentary profiles Norman, who was forced into retirement when he turned 65. Not wanting to retire and stop working, Norman did whatever he could to get his job back with Disney even if…"A Disney Legend is focus of Floyd Norman: An Animated Life"