Saturday Night Live veteran comedian Adam Sandler delivers an Oscar-worthy performance in recently premiered crime thriller Uncut Gems. Every now and then, we get a phenomenal performance from Adam Sandler. Punch-Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, Funny People, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), and Uncut Gems feature such performances. We get a career-best in the film. It helps that he’s able to get out of his comfort zone. He’s not in a film being written…"Toronto 2019: Uncut Gems"
Knives Out may be a murder mystery comedy but no stone goes unturned in what is certainly one of the best laugh riots in 2019. Crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is discovered dead on the morning after his 85th birthday party. We don’t know whether he was killed or whether he did the deed himself. What we do know is that members of the Thrombey family are being questioned by Lt. Elliott (LaKeith Stanfield)…"Toronto 2019: Knives Out"
Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You, one of the most buzzed about films at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, is one of the best feature debuts during the fest. The star-studded cast of Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews, Steven Yeun, Omari Hardwick, Jermaine Fowler, and Danny Glover was one of the few films that showcased diversity with POC in leading roles. Much in the same vein as last year’s hit film, Get Out, Sorry…"Sorry To Bother You is Wild and Bonkers"
Izzy Gets the F Across Town may mean well but the small indie comedy tends to be a bit of a mess. Mackenzie Davis does her best to carry the film in the titular role of Izzy but it’s not enough to keep the film going. Given where she is at the start of the film, it’s as if the film is the indie version of the classic comedy, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. We go from…"Izzy Gets the F Across Town is messy"
Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele, is not a comedy but a psychological thriller that–if anything–delves into satirical territory. The whatever-genre-film-it-is stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield and Catherine Keener. The film kicked off a hell of a year for Caleb Landry Jones, who can also be seen in American Made; The Florida Project; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; and a few episodes of Twin…"Get Out is a Psychological Thriller, not a Comedy"
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"
Releasing on Netflix this week, The Incredible Jessica James is one of the best comedies that I’ve seen this year. Written and directed by Jim Strouse, the comedy stars Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, Lakeith Stanfield and Noël Wells. Zabryna Guevera, Taliyah Whitaker, Sarah Jones, Will Stephen, Susan Heyward, and Megan Ketch also star. Jessica Williams, The Daily Show alumnus, breaks out in her role as Jessica James, a young playwright in New York City. At…"The Incredible Jessica James is innovative, genuine"