A brother and sister investigate their parents’ disappearance as dysfunctional family dramedy The Family Fang comes to the screen. Baxter (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Nicole Kidman) are brother and sister. While they live on different coasts, their lives are very similar. This is because they are the children of Caleb and Camille Fang (Present Day: Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett, Flashbacks: Jason Butler Harner, Kathryn Hahn). Annie went into acting but her work is featured…"The Family Fang: A Real Dysfunctional Family"
Money Monster isn’t a great film but it will keep you on the edge of your seat. Jodie Foster directs from a screenplay by Jamie Linden and Alan DiFiore & Jim Kouf, the latter two of which wrote the story. George Clooney and Julia Roberts headline a cast that also includes Jack O’Connell, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Denham, Lenny Venito, Chris Bauer, Dennis Boutsikaris, Emily Meade, Condola Rashad, and Aaron Yoo. Told…"Money Monster: High-Stakes Thriller Told in Real Time"
Bryan Cranston reprises his Tony-winning performance as former president Lyndon Baines Johnson in the newest HBO film, All The Way. Here’s to clearing space for another Emmy trophy because the moment this movie was placed on the HBO schedule, he won the award. Directed by Jay Roach from a screenplay by Robert Schenkkan, the film covers LBJ’s first year in office. It wasn’t an easy year for LBJ and it was before Vietnam got out…"All The Way: Bryan Cranston On Way to Another Emmy Win as LBJ"
With Captain America: Civil War, the Marvel mini-series that had huge ramifications across the universe finally comes to the big screen. However, it’s not quite the same as the original comic book series given that Fox owns the rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four. That said, it’s still a really awesome film. Just as in the comics, Steve Rogers’ Captain America (Chris Evans) is pitted against Tony Stark’s Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Cap is…"Captain America: Civil War is one of Marvel’s Finest"
Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, The Meddler features a star-studded cast but Susan Sarandon’s performance stands above the rest. Sarandon headlines a cast that includes Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Jerrod Carmichael, Cecily Strong, Lucy Punch, Casey Wilson, Jason Ritter, Sarah Baker, Michael McKean, Laura San Giacamo, and Harry Hamlin. Sarandon stars as Marnie Minervini, a window who remains an eternal optimist and is always there for her daughter, Lori (Byrne). Lori is single but…"The Meddler: A Heartfelt Look at Family"
In Eye in the Sky, director Gavin Hood takes us behind the scenes of what really goes on in a war zone. Based on a screenplay by Guy Hibbert, Helen Mirren leads a cast that includes Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi, Jeremy Northam, Iain Glen and Phoebe Fox. It’s one of the final on-screen performances from the late Rickman and the film was appropriately dedicated to his memory. Mirren stars as Colonel Katherine Powell.…"Eye in the Sky: What Really Happens Behind-The-Scenes"
Writer-director John Carney has done it again. He follows up critically acclaimed Begin Again with the Irish-based Sing Street. It’s somewhat autobiographical for the Irish director in some regards. Carney’s screenplay is based on a story written by him and Simon Carmody. In Sing Street, Carney has put together a cast that stars Lucy Boynton, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aiden Gillen, Jack Reynor, Kelly Thornton, and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo. Also cast in the film are Ben Carolan,…"Sing Street: John Carney does it again"
A Hologram for the King brings Tom Hanks back to the big screen for the first time since last year’s Bridge of Spies. After seeing Hanks in so many studio films over the years, it’s an interesting refresher to see Hanks play in an indie film for a change. Written and Directed by Tom Tykwer, the movie is based on Dave Eggers’ novel. Hanks leads a cast that features Sarita Choudhury, Alexander Black, Tom Skerritt,…"A Hologram for The King: Tom Hanks brings book to life"
Elvis & Nixon tells the story behind the most requested photo of all time at the National Archives: the White House meeting between Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon. Directed by Liza Johnson from a screenplay written by Joey Sagal & Hanala Sagal and Cary Elwes, Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey star in the title roles. Spacey is unlike his House of Cards persona while portraying Nixon. The duo head up a cast that includes Alex…"Elvis & Nixon: Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey bring history to life"
The newest feature film adaptation of The Jungle Book is everything it was expected to be and so much more. This is only the second live-action film to be produced by Disney. The last live-action film was released in December 1994 but the animals talk this time around. It’s been a few years since the last time I watched the animated classic but there are some nice homages to the classic, including the classic songs.…"The Jungle Book lives up to Walt Disney classic"