While Zero Dark Thirty is about the manhunt for terrorist Osama bin Laden, the film has not aged particularly well on its 10th anniversary. In early 2013, I would have said that this film was one of the best films of 2012. But now, I’m not so sure especially with what The Report had to say about it. It is through the lens of having watched The Report in which I watched Zero Dark Thirty…"Zero Dark Thirty Marks 10th Anniversary"
Thirteen Lives is a gripping thriller about the incredible 2018 Thailand cave rescue of a soccer team trapped in Tham Luang cave network. Ron Howard is no stranger to making films about incredibly true rescues. He did it years ago with Apollo 13 and now he’s back again. Last year saw the premiere of The Rescue during the fall festival season. Where that film is a documentary, the narrative feature goes full thriller, capturing all…"Thirteen Lives Is A Gripping Real-Life Thriller"
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Part VI is an epic finale that delivers all the goods that any Star Wars fan could have wanted this season. To say that the finale was anything but epic would certainly be an understatement. This episode had everything that I was wanting. Well, it took almost all of the runtime but I am not complaining over here. I heard complaints about the third episode as if nobody thought they were waiting for…"Obi-Wan Kenobi: Part VI Delivers All The Goods"
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Part III marks the the halfway point of the 6-part limited series in the long-awaited Star Wars prequel series. Please be warned ahead of reading that the following contains light spoilers for the newest episode streaming on Disney+. One quick note before I dive into my review: the racist attacks on Moses Ingram have no place in the Star Wars fandom. For far too many years, people are using “bad writing” to make…"Obi-Wan Kenobi: Part III – The Halfway Point"
Over fifteen years after the film’s 2006 theatrical release, the hilarious Kinky Boots makes its arrival on Blu-ray for the first time. This is the original British film that would go onto inspire the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. It is also based on a true story. Critically speaking, the film plays it too close to The Full Monty formula when it comes to British comedies. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance received a few…"Kinky Boots Arrives On Blu-ray For The First Time"
Ewan McGregor steps back into the saddle–er, into the robe–for the new Lucasfilm limited series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, on Disney+. The following is light on spoilers but as is my custom for a show or movie of this nature, I’m using the artwork to separate the rest of my review. While it’s been 17 years in real life, it’s only been ten years since Revenge of the Sith. There was a time when I didn’t think…"Obi-Wan Kenobi: Hello There, Old Friend"
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"
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…"The Green Knight Has Religious Undertones"
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…"TIFF 2018: Boy Erased Adds to the Conversation"
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…"Red Sparrow: Jennifer Lawrence’s effort isn’t enough"