Bullet Train offers both fun and thrills from start to finish in an action film that brings an international cast along for the ride. Do not get up immediately at the start of the credits. There is a mid-credit scene! This is the only scene during the end credits. One thing to appreciate about the credits is that the entire orchestra is there. It is not that common for the orchestra players to appear in…"Bullet Train Is A Fun Thrill-Ride"
On paper, Amsterdam has the right pedigree to be a serious Oscar contender but the film has a David O. Russell problem. Amsterdam is described as “a fascinating and richly intricate tale that brilliantly weaves historical fact with fiction for a timely, cinematic experience.” It is a “crime epic about three close friends who find themselves at the center of one of the most shocking secret plots in American history.” 20th Century Studios released both…"Amsterdam Has A David O. Russell Problem – Oscars Watch"
Knives Out, the Solzy Award-winning film of the year, is now available for audiences to bring home on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital. Crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is discovered dead on the morning after his 85th birthday party. We don’t know whether he was killed or whether he did the deed himself. What we do know is that members of the Thrombey family are being questioned by Lt. Elliott (LaKeith Stanfield) and…"Knives Out: Bring Home The Best Film of 2019"
After a long road, The Current War: Director’s Cut–about the industrial age rivalry–is finally getting a theatrical release this weekend. This is a film that takes us back to the past in order to show the fight for the future. While we probably don’t think about it often, electricity isn’t something that was always taken for granted. Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) is battling against George Westinghouse (Michael Shannnon). When Edison is on the verge of…"The Current War: Director’s Cut Gets Released"
Knives Out may be a murder mystery comedy but no stone goes unturned in what is certainly one of the best laugh riots in 2019. Crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is discovered dead on the morning after his 85th birthday party. We don’t know whether he was killed or whether he did the deed himself. What we do know is that members of the Thrombey family are being questioned by Lt. Elliott (LaKeith Stanfield)…"Toronto 2019: Knives Out"
Strong performances lift up What They Had as one Chicago family realizes that they must come to a decision on what to do about a loved one’s health. It’s the blistery cold of December when Ruth (Blythe Danner) has wondered off again. Not knowing where she is, Bert (Robert Forster) calls Nick (Michael Shannon) who in term calls California-based sister Bridget (Hilary Swank). The next thing we know, Bridget and her daughter, Emma (Taissa Farmiga),…"TIFF 2018: What They Had"
Fahrenheit 451 depicts a bleak future in which one can only hope will never come to fruition. It also feels as if it’s very much made for 2017. This is only the second-ever feature-length adaptation of the classic novel written by Ray Bradbury. In his novel, Bradbury presented a future where firemen start fires by burning books rather fighting fires. Moreover, nobody seems to give a regard for either facts or history. As for the…"Fahrenheit 451: A Trump Era Adaptation"
Led by Katherine Waterston and Michael Shannon’s performances, writer-director Meredith Danluck takes a fascinating approach to grieving by way of State Like Sleep. Katherine Grand (Katherine Waterston) had relocated to the US following the death of her husband, Stefan Delvoe (Michiel Huisman). One year after the tragedy, Katherine learns that her mother suffered from a stroke. She flies to Brussels in order to visit her in the hospital. Because of all that had happened, Katherine…"Tribeca 2018: State Like Sleep"
Unsung heroes get their due in 12 Strong as another declassified story comes to the screen. Nicolai Fuglsig makes an impressive feature directorial debut by giving audiences a thrilling drama based on the book Horse Soldiers by author Doug Stanton that revisits the beginning years of the War on Terror with soldiers traveling on horseback. In no easy feat, Ted Tally and Peter Craig adapted the book as a screenplay. Perhaps because of this, it…"12 Strong: Unsung Heroes Get Their Due"
The Shape of Water is perhaps the finest film ever to be directed by Guillermo del Toro and actress Sally Hawkins delivers a top-notch performance in the Cold War-set film. With a screenplay co-written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, the film stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer. Set in 1962, a classified asset is brought into a government laboratory in Baltimore where Strickland (Shannon) is hellbent…"Chicago Film Festival: The Shape of Water"