While I was looking forward to initially watching The Equalizer 3, Sony Pictures has decided not to screen for film press beyond NY and LA. The review embargo lifted this morning. Unfortunately, I did not rush home from a screening to write a review for publication. This is because I’m not one of the select press living in NY or LA. Losing out on a franchise film hurts especially at a time when films are…"The Equalizer 3: Sony Only Screened For NY/LA Press"
Training Day earned Denzel Washington an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role and audiences can now bring the film home on 4K Ultra HD. This is a film that depicts two detectives over a single day of action. One of them just happens to be a rookie cop in training. When Training Day marked its 20th anniversary in 2021, the world was different and attitudes towards the cops had very much changed. Nowadays,…"Training Day Arrives On 4K Ultra HD"
Emancipation is based on the true story of Whipped Peter, a Louisiana slave who escaped to his freedom and enlisted in the Union Army. In a perfect world, we would be having a conversation about Will Smith’s performance and Emancipation’s recreation of the 1860s. Whether we like it or not, the slap will forever be apart of the conversation. I cannot deny the fact that Will Smith delivers another Oscar-worthy performance. Do we need another…"Emancipation Tells The Story Of Whipped Peter"
Shooter makes its arrival on 4K Ultra HD one week ahead of the film’s 15th anniversary of its theatrical release in 2007. In development hell for well over a decade, the film is based on Stephen Hunter’s 1993 novel, Point of Impact. One of the things that screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin did was move the script out of the Vietnam War and into a contemporary setting. It certainly works for the film’s advantage to an extent.…"Shooter Arrives on 4K Ultra HD for 15th Anniversary"
The Guilty remakes another foreign language film but this one is the best of the two TIFF premieres that largely depend on one person. The film is based on Den Skyldige. However, I cannot tell you whether this film works better or doesn’t because I didn’t see the original. I can tell you that The Guilty is effective as a thriller. This is a film that has Jake Gyllenhaal working overtime as a 911 dispatcher…"The Guilty: Remake Delivers The Thrills"
The Day Sports Stood Still flashes back to a Wednesday night last March when every sports season effectively ended or was delayed. There are numerous people interviewed throughout this film. Chris Paul might be the main focus but everyone here has their own story to tell. Chris Paul was on the floor when the Oklahoma City Thunder took on the Utah Jazz. This was the first NBA game to come to a premature end during…"The Day Sports Stood Still And The Covid-19 Impact"
What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali follows the recent trend of resorting to all-archival materials in telling the story of The Greatest. What filmmaker Antoine Fuqua seeks to do is tell Muhammad Ali’s story through his own voice. This is the way to go. There’s no reason for a narrator here. Ali lived through both ups and downs. Many of us know his story but this documentary takes it to an entirely different level. We get both…"What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali"
It’s surprising that Equalizer 2 is the first sequel in which Denzel Washington revisits any of his previous roles. The fact that this hasn’t happened already is astonishing in its own right. It bares noting that I went into the sequel’s screening without having watched the original 2014 film. Let me tell you from the get go, I don’t recommend seeing sequels without their predecessor. It won’t be the first time nor will it be…"Equalizer 2: More Equalizing"