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…"Warrior Is Still An Underappreciated Masterpiece"
All Creatures Here Below sees two people returning to the one place that has been the source of traumatic memories plaguing them over the years. There’s a few things going on here. Gensan (David Dastmalchian) and Ruby (Karen Gillan) are living in poverty in Los Angeles. Ruby also wants a family–this is easier said than done. When Gensan loses his job, he turns to gambling as a way of making ends meet. Communication may be key here…"All Creatures Here Below shines light on society"
With some very strong acting performances, The Report follows a Senate staffer’s thorough investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program. Even though the film starts with the beginning of the investigation in 2009, the flashbacks date back to 2001. Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) was tasked with researching the CIA while working as a staffer for U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. This followed a 14-1 vote by the Senate Intelligence Committee. As an…"Sundance 2019: The Report"
Emotions run high but Back Roads shows a promising start for Alex Pettyfer’s directorial career in his first opportunity behind the camera. The film is set two years after Bonnie Altmyer (Juliette Lewis) is sent to prison for killing her husband. This leaves her son, Harley (Alex Pettyfer), in charge of his three younger sisters. It’s not easy for this family in rural Pennsylvania. The theme of abuse runs very strongly through the film. It’s…"Back Roads: Alex Pettyfer’s Debut Shows Promise"
Superfly re-imagines the original 1972 crime drama for a new generation of film goers. Youngblood Priest (Trevor Jackson) doesn’t let his work define who he is as a person. He works with a lot of violent people, including Sno Patrol, but he doesn’t kill. He absolutely refuses to kill. This is what makes him a better person when compared to the likes of Sno Patrol. Priest is in a polyamorous relationship with both Georgia (Lex…"Superfly: An Update For A New Generation"
The first episode of a new Refinery29-produced fairy tale anthology series, Fabled, premiered during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival this past week. Titled “Anodyne,” the series offers us another take on some of the beloved fairy tale characters of all time. The series, created by Evan Jonigkeit and Girls alumnus Zosia Mamet, imagines a world in which Alice in Wonderland‘s titular Alice (Mamet) meets The Wizard of Oz‘s Dorothy (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) in a mental institution. With…"Tribeca 2018: Fabled"
Jennifer Morrison, who stars as savior Emma Swan, is set to leave Once Upon a Time should the series be renewed for a seventh season. The announcement was made through Morrison’s Instagram account. As I reached the end of my 6 year contract on ONCE UPON A TIME, I was faced with a significant decision. ABC, Eddy Kitsis, and Adam Horowitz very generously invited me to continue as a series regular. After very careful consideration,…"Jennifer Morrison to exit Once Upon A Time"