Warrior Is Still An Underappreciated Masterpiece

Warrior marks the tenth anniversary of its theatrical release and in a perfect world, this film should have garnered many Oscar nominations. U.S. Marine Tommy Riordan Conlon (Tom Hardy) starts training for a mixed martial arts tournament shortly after reuniting with his father, Paddy (Nick Nolte). Paddy wasn’t the best father when Tommy was growing up. He was both a drunk and abusive. While he’s training Tommy, his other son, Brendan (Joel Edgerton), has turned…

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The Green Knight Has Religious Undertones

Writer-director David Lowery puts his touch on The Green Knight in a new retelling of the Arthurian legend, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Sir Gawain (Dev Patel) is King Arthur’s (Sean Harris) nephew and he takes it upon himself to take down the gigantic creature (Ralph Ineson). One year later, he must journey to a Green Chapel so they can do battle again. What’s so fascinating is that in the original legend, he was…

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TIFF 2018: Boy Erased Adds to the Conversation

Boy Erased is able to broach conversion therapy with such sincerity, emotional drama, and gripping performances from its cast. The film starts as Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges) is sent for a 12-day assessment at Love in Action after a college counselor calls his parents.  It’s not a choice he made in as much as his father, Baptist pastor Marshall Eamons (Russell Crowe), did. Russell Crowe is able to disappear into the role of the pastor to…

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Red Sparrow: Jennifer Lawrence’s effort isn’t enough

Red Sparrow may be a thriller but despite Jennifer Lawrence’s best effort, the film isn’t quite at the same level as the espionage thrillers that have come before.  What’s truly a disappointment is how the film uses rape as a plot device. Directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay written by Justin Haythe, the film is based on the book of the same name by veteran CIA officer Jason Matthews.  The three-time Hunger Games director reunites…

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Netflix releases new Bright trailer at Comic Con

Netflix has released the first trailer for the December’s action-thriller, Bright, whose cast appeared on Conan last night during Comic Con. Directed by David Ayer from a screenplay written by Max Landis, action-thriller stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke, Dawn Olivieri, and Kenneth Choi.  David Ayer, Eric Newman, and Bryan Unkeless serve as…

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