Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)

Film Title

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

Synopsis

A family robbery with no victims goes horribly wrong

Director

Sidney Lumet

Cast

Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Ethan Hawke
Albert Finney
Marisa Tomei
Michael Shannon
Brian F. O'Bryne
Amy Ryan

There are movies that are familial train wrecks. There are movies like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf that are deaths by 10,000 cuts. However, I have never before seen such a devastating wreck as Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead, a masterpiece created by the 83 year-old genius director, Sydney Lumet. This movie was not […]

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Film Title

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Synopsis

Legos are the best.

Director

Mike Mitchell

Cast

Chris Pratt
Elizabeth Banks
Charlie Day
Nick Offerman
Will Arnett
Tiffany Haddish
Alison Brie
Stephanie Beatriz

A PSA or Parental Service Announcement. Before we get to my son’s insights on The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, we need to review proper theater etiquette. I am a huge Lego nerd and my enjoyment of the film was significantly diminished by people who have apparently never been to a movie before. The […]

Super Bowl LIII: Ruthless Edition

This is it, gang. I hereby cast before you all of the marbles. Every single marble. Even if you don’t play marbles. You’re getting the column relatively early, for me anyway, and you’re getting two picks. I can concede that we won’t get the best lines possible, but I’ve been following all week. Reason being […]

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Film Title

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Synopsis

A formerly successful writer uses her skills for deception when times get hard

Director

Marielle Heller

Cast

Melissa McCarthy
Richard E. Grant
Jane Curtain
Dolly Wells
Stephen Spinella

I think the first time I encountered Richard Grant was in the movie A Christmas Carol. Grant played faithfully the role of Bob Cratchit, who was the clerk for the miser Scrooge ( Patrick Stewart). There was no greater tour de force, however, than the role he shredded as I in Withnail & I. This […]

Superheros, Baseball, and American Values

With the inevitable cancellation of Netflix’s The Punisher looming over fans of the gritty Marvel series, I’d like to take this time to talk about the real reason the streaming network is canning the entire Marvel Universe. It has nothing to do with pressure from Disney, and everything to do with American values. Last year, […]

The Kid Who Would be King

Film Title

The Kid Who Would be King

Synopsis

Patrick Stewart and four kids fight to stop Brexit.

Director

Joe Cornish

Cast

Patrick Stewart
Rebecca Ferguson
Angus Imrie
Louis Ashbourne Serkis
Dean Chaumoo
Tom Taylor
Rhianna Dorris

Another legend in the toilet. Walking out of The Kid Who Would be King, I was mentally justifying it:  my kid loved it (his exact words), and it is a movie for kids, so that’s all that matters…right?  But parents have to sit through these movies too, so our opinions matter a little bit.  A […]

Roma: Netflix Streaming

Film Title

Roma

Synopsis

Short Mexicans have no reason to live

Director

Alfonso Cuaron

Cast

Yalizta Aparicio
Marina del Tariva
Diego Cotina Autrey
Carlos Peralta
Marco Graf
Nancy Garcia Garcia
Veronica Garcia
Hundreds of shitting dogs

I am hard-pressed to think of a movie that has received so much hype, so much critical acclaim, and so many awards before the Oscars. Roma is not your typical highly anticipated movie at all. Alfonso Cuaron’s latest work is completely unique, and there is no existing template with which to judge or compare this […]

NFL Conference Championship Round

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Glass

Film Title

Glass

Synopsis

A sequel to a 19 year old movie you forgot existed.

Director

M. Night Shyamalan

Cast

Bruce Willis
Samuel Jackson
James McAvoy
Sarah Paulson
Anya Taylor-Joy
Spencer Treat Clark

Insert broken pun here. One of the biggest mysteries in Hollywood is how M. Night Shyamalan still has an active directing and writing career.  My friend and I pondered this question on our way to a screening of Shyamalan’s latest film, Glass.  After The Village disappointed countless fans, Shyamalan rapid-fired four of the worst movies […]

NFL 2018 Divisonal Round

An angrier man would spit out some sort of ALL CAPS excoriation of the goofy ending to the Cowboys-Seahawks game, wherein a freak injury to a 40-year-old professional football player who we had just backhandedly complimented knocked down a domino that tumbled a set of circumstances leading to Seattle being forced to go for two, […]