Dopesick features powerful performances from Michael Keaton and Kaitlyn Dever in this must-watch Hulu limited series about addiction. This series, created by Danny Strong and based on Beth Macy’s book, humanizes the opioid epidemic in a way that I never thought could be possible. Through eight episodes, we’re watching things play out on several fronts: a small Virginia mining town, the DEA, Purdue Pharma, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Virginia. It is…"Dopesick Is A Must-Watch Limited Series"
Dear Evan Hansen may not be the monstrosity of a movie musical that Cats was two years ago but exploiting suicide is unforgivable. While Dear Evan Hansen may have been a Broadway phenomenon, the film is not the cinematic event that it claims to be. Ben Platt isn’t going to become an EGOT winner on this film and it’s not his fault. He may have been the right age for the role when he was…"Dear Evan Hansen Isn’t As Bad As Cats, Thank G-d"
Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart, is now available for viewers to bring home on Blu-ray and DVD. Make no mistake that this film is an instant high school comedy classic. There’s already been a lot to be said about how the film should have been marketed better. I’m not going to get into any of that. What I do hope is that the indie comedy is able to find…"Booksmart arrives on Blu-ray, DVD"
I instantly fell in love with the Olivia Wilde-directorial debut when I first saw Booksmart during the SXSW world premiere. It should come as no surprise that I decided to see the film a second time during one of the Chicago press screenings. The jokes held up upon second viewing and reinforced my love for this film. I already made the decision that I would be returning for a third round over the long Memorial…"Booksmart: See It In Theaters"
With a strong focus on female friendship, Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Booksmart, is the next great classic high school comedy. It’s very easy to see the influence of a filmmaker like Amy Heckerling in watching this film. She’s the filmmaker who directed both Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless. These two films inspired a generation and Booksmart is sure to follow. Both Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) may be best friends but they’re…"SXSW 2019: Booksmart"
From the outside looking in, the religious community that is depicted in Them That Follow could otherwise be understood to be a cult. Mara (Alice Englert) and Dilly (Kaitlyn Dever) are friends. They live in a snake-handling Pentecostal community run by Mara’s dad, the fiery Pastor Lemuel (Walter Goggins). Every now and then, they go to the local convenient store where Hope (Olivia Colman) works. Much against her dad’s dismay, Mara has an interest in…"Sundance 2019: Them That Follow"
Featuring strong acting performances, Outside In is a character study exploring the struggles of a man upon his release from jail. With films like Your Sister’s Sister, director Lynn Shelton has set a reputation of being at her best when her films combine comedy and drama. Outside In plays more to the dramatic side than comedy. This isn’t to say it’s a bad film because it most assuredly is not but it’s a film that…"SXSW 2018: Outside In (Dir. Lynn Shelton)"
Detroit highlights an ugly moment in the city’s history as the 1967 riots and one deadly night are revisited. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow from a screenplay by Mark Boal, Detroit stars John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jason Mitchell, Jacob Lattimore, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, with John Krasinski and Anthony Mackie. The summer of 1967 marked an interesting time in American history. There were anti-war protests against the US involvement in the Vietnam War. The…"Detroit Highlights Ugly Moment in City’s History"