Arrival

Film Title

Arrival

Director

Denis Villeneuve

Cast

Amy Adams
Jeremy Renner
Michael Stuhlbarg
Forest Whitaker

I guess that I was supposed to like this movie. I mean, really, it gets 8.5 at IMDB and almost unanimous acclaim from the critics. According to these critics, this movie is as much of a sure bet as Hillary Clinton’s election, but something happened on the way to the viewing and the exit. It […]

Elf

Film Title

Elf

Synopsis

Will Ferrell drops a turd on Christmas

Director

John Favreau

Cast

Will Ferrell
James Caan
Bob Newhart
Edward Asner
Mary Steenburgen
Zooey Deschanel
Peter Dinklage

I know that it is hard to believe, but it is almost that time of the year again. Since next Tuesday’s election results just might kill me, I thought I would get an early start, and why not? Although I wrote my first Christmas Review for Ruthless in 2006, I did not start writing reviews […]

The Accountant

Film Title

The Accountant

Synopsis

Never has accounting been more thorough, or violent

Director

Gavin O'Conner

Cast

Ben Affleck
Ana Kendrick
J.K. Simmons
John Bernthal
John Lithgow
Cynthia Addai-Robinson

The Accountant, in spite of its many negative reviews, convoluted backstories, and confusing flashbacks, is one of this year’s best movies. This movie will be predictably and understandably underappreciated because it is difficult to embrace a Superhero movie where the central character is an autistic accountant. Somehow, though, it all works, and the result is […]

Mascots

Film Title

Mascots

Synopsis

A look into the world of competitive mascots

Director

Christopher Guest

Cast

Zach Woods
Wayne Wilderson
Sarah Baker
Michael Hitchcock

  If you have read my reviews before, you know how much I love an introductory paragraph. But not this time. I’m going to cut right to the chase: Christopher Guest’s new direct-to-Netflix movie, Mascots, is not good. Bummer, I know! I’ve had a crush on Christopher Guest ever since I first saw This is […]

Deepwater Horizon

Film Title

Deepwater Horizon

Synopsis

Deepwater Horizon vividly shows the harrowing risks of getting the oil

Director

Peter Berg

Cast

Kurt Russell
Mark Wahlberg
Kate Hudson
John Malkovich
Gina Rodriguez
Douglas M. Griffin

Although we didn’t get a lot of details other than the continuous reference to the concrete tests, it was readily apparent that there was deepening tension and disdain between those responsible for the safety and productivity of the oil rig, and those company men who only wanted to get things back on schedule. Never since […]

The Witch

A dark, tragic episode of The Honeymooners.

Sully

Film Title

Sully

Synopsis

The story of Chesley Sullenburger, who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of the airplane flights 155 crew and passengers.

Director

Clint Eastwood

Cast

Tom Hanks
Aaron Eckhart
Laura Linney
Mike O'Malley
Anna Gunn

Sully, the latest masterpiece from Clint Eastwood, was a near perfect film. Even though everyone in the audience already knew the outcome, most viewers were still riveted in their seats, mesmerized by what they were seeing on the screen. Tom Hanks was magnificent as Sully, perfectly reflecting his courage, quiet confidence, compassion, and his agonizing […]

Leon: The Professional

Film Title

Leon: The Professional (1994)

Director

Luc Besson

Cast

Jean Reno
Natalie Portman
Gary Oldman
Danny Aiello

I was going through my DVD collection, trying to find some really top-tier movie that my friend had not seen and we came upon Leon: The Professional, a great choice. It is really hard to go wrong with one of the best movies ever filmed. To say that this masterpiece is criminally underrated and underappreciated […]

Young Frankenstein

Film Title

Young Frankenstein

Synopsis

Mel Brooks knocks it out of the park with huge knockers and riotous hilarity.

Director

Mel Brooks

Cast

Gene Wilder
Peter Boyle
Terry Garr
Marty Feldman
Madeline Kahn
Gene Hackman
Cloris Leachman
Kenneth Mars

It is no secret that comedies are a genre of movies that are overlooked, underestimated and treated with a yawning disdain by many reviewers and moviegoers alike. Reading any Top (Whatever) list of the Best Comedies of all time will reveal a swath of disagreement, if not downright hostility over the inevitable picks and omissions.Tastes […]

Thank You For Smoking

Film Title

Thank You For Smoking

Synopsis

Make your own choice about killing yourself

Director

Jason Reitman

Cast

Aaron Eckhart
Maria Bello
Cameron Bright
Adam Brody
Sam Elliott
Katie Holmes
Bobby Jay
David Koechner
Rob Lowe
Wm. H. Macy
J.K. Simmons

Few people on this planet know what it is to be truly despised. Can you blame them? I earn a living fronting an organization that kills 1200 people a day. Twelve hundred people. We’re talking two jumbo jet plane loads of men, women, and children. I mean, there’s Attila, Genghis..and me, Nick Naylor. The face […]