Moonlight: A Coming of Age Film for Everyone

Moonlight tells the story of one person during three acts of his life as he grows up in a troubled neighborhood in Miami. It’s a groundbreaking piece of cinematic film that should definitely see some Oscar nominations after the #OscarsSoWhite year that we saw as a result of the previous Oscar nominations. Written and directed by Barry Jenkins and based on a story by Tarell Alvin McCraney, moviegoers are treated to one of the strongest…

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Manchester By The Sea: Casey Affleck is Phenomenal

Manchester by the Sea is one of the best dramas to be released in 2016. As a Boston janitor who returns home to Manchester following the death of his brother, Casey Affleck delivers one of his strongest performances to date. He should receive his first Oscar nomination since 2007’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, the movie stars Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges,…

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Rules Don’t Apply: A Different Era For Movies

With Rules Don’t Apply, multi-hyphenate Warren Beatty has directed his first film since 1998’s Bulworth and acts on the big screen for the first time since 2001’s Town & Country. Rules Don’t Apply stars Warren Beatty, Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Dabney Coleman, Steve Coogan, Ed Harris, Taissa Farmiga, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt and Martin Sheen. Set in 1958, the same year that Beatty arrived on…

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Allied: A World War 2 Love Story

Allied offers a bit of everything. It offers espionage, a love story, war action, and betrayal. It’s a movie that could easily have been made in 1940s Hollywood following the war. Directed by Robert Zemeckis from a screenplay written by Steven Knight, the World War 2 drama stars Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Lizzy Caplan, and Matthew Goode. Part of the movie’s opening 20 minutes or so is heavy with subtitles. I won’t lie…

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Hell or High Water: A Different Kind of Heist Thriller

Released this past August in limited theaters before gradually expanding, Hell or High Water stars Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Gil Birmingham. Directed by David Mackenzie from a screenplay by Taylor Sheridan, the film delivers heist thriller that does without all of the shootouts and instead gives us fully-realized characters. Sheridan’s screenplay was featured on the Black List in 2012 so it should come as no surprise then that the Texan thriller should…

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Arrival: A Thought-Provoking Sci-Film for 2016

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Arrival is a must-see film but it’s not your typical sci-fi movie-going experience. It’s not Star Wars. It’s not Star Trek. It’s not even Gravity. There’s no other way to explain it other than this is a movie that will make you think. Eric Heisserer adapts the screenplay from Ted Chiang’s short story, “Story of Your Life.” Because Villeneuve was busy shooting Prisoners at the time, he was unable to adapt…

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The Edge of Seventeen: A John Hughes-eque Comedy

There are not that many films made today that throws one back to the 1980s high school classics written by John Hughes. The Edge of Seventeen is one such film. Kelly Fremon Craig writes and directs this coming-of-age comedy in her directorial debut. Produced by James L. Brooks, the film stars Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, and Hayden Szeto. What Kelly Fremon Craig gives us is an authentic film…

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Gets a New TV Spot

As tickets went on sale for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a new TV spot was dropped. If you look closely at the 5 second mark, you’ll see a figure facing the Death Star. We already know that Darth Vader is making his return in the anthology film. However, looking from this angle alone signals that this very well could see Grand Moff Tarkin make an appearance, too. Peter Cushing, who played Tarkin in…

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Denial: The Holocaust on Trial

Denial is the true story of Emory professor Deborah Lipstadt’s court battle with a Holocaust denier almost 20 years ago. The movie’s release would have been perfect if it had come out closer to Yom HaShoah rather than the fall round of Jewish holidays but the September release will leave the film in the minds of the many Oscar voters. Directed by Mick Jackson from a screenplay written by David Hare and based on Lipstadt’s…

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Better Off Single: A Hallucination-Filled Dating Comedy

Produced, edited, written and directed by Benjamin Cox, Better Off Single stars Aaron Tveit, Abby Elliott, Lauren Miller Rogen, Kal Penn, Shane McRae, Kelen Coleman, Annaleigh Ashford, with Lewis Black and Chris Elliott. To put it simply, this is a New York City dating comedy and the main focus is Charlie Carroll (Tveit). He’s seeing a therapist. He also just quit his job and broke up with his girlfriend, Angela (Abby Elliott), on the same…

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