The Florida Project

Film Title

The Florida Project

Synopsis

In the shadow of Disney World, some Americans struggle for their mere existence.

Director

Sean Baker

Cast

Willem DaFoe
Brooklynn Prince
Bria Vinaitee
Valeria Cotto
Mela Murder
Josie Olivo

I thought I was finished with 2017 films, but any film that involves mostly children that Matt Cale gushes over, certainly gets my attention. The Florida Project is a unique film created by Sean Baker of Tangerine fame. This movie is about Americans who are on the margin of a society of people who live […]

The Breadwinner

Film Title

The Breadwinner

Synopsis

A horrific animated account of life under the rule of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Director

Nora Tworney

Cast

Saary Chaudry
Soma Chhaya
Noorin Gulamgaus
Laara Sadiq
Ali Badshah

The Breadwinner is an animated movie. I generally avoid this type of movie, but even at my old age I’m trying to broaden my movie-watching horizons. This award winning movie was also nominated for an Oscar for best animated film of 2017. The animation was simple, stunning; the story sobering and terrifying. This film depicts […]

A Wrinkle in Time

Film Title

A Wrinkle in Time

Synopsis

Three kids led by three costumes search for coherence.

Director

Ava DuVernay

Cast

Oprah Winfrey
Reese Witherspoon
Mindy Kaling
Chris Pine
Zach Galifianakis
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Storm Reid
Deric McCabe
Levi Miller
Michael Pena

And several in my brow. Recently, I have watched a couple of classic movies with my five-year old son – Jaws and the original Godzilla (the black and white Japanese version from 1954). He loved them and has now watched them multiple times. And, in case you are wondering, no, he has not had any […]

The Death of Stalin

Film Title

The Death of Stalin

Synopsis

This blistering satire of the aftermath of the death of Stalin is banned in the former USSR.

Director

Armando Iannucci

Cast

Adrian McLoughlin
Simon Russell Beale
Jeffrey Tambor
Steve Buscemi
Michael Palin
Olga Kurylenko
Dermot Crowley
Paul Whitehouse
Paul Chahidi
Rupert Friend
Jason Isaacs

The Death of Stalin is a blistering satire and coal-black comedy that chronicled the actual events surrounding the death of one of the most evil human beings in history. Armando Iannucci created a film that made genocide, gulags, random murder, child rape, high-level paranoia, backstabbing and paralyzing incompetence, all hilarious. After the death of Joseph […]

Ruthless and The Oscars

Ruthless and The Oscars Well, it is almost the time of year that we love to hate. The Oscars. As you know, the Academy seldom gets things right and cannot please everyone. Last year’s Oscar Ceremony was a debacle. Some knuckle-headed accountant was texting instead of taking care of business and threw Warren Beatty under […]

Annihilation

Film Title

Annihilation

Synopsis

Five women explore a bubble their kids blew that just won’t pop.

Director

Alex Garland

Cast

Natalie Portman
Oscar Isaac
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Tessa Thompson
Gina Rodriguez
Tuva Novotny

Is something burning? One of the best signs that you have just seen a worthwhile movie is you want to see it again. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t sure whether you liked it or disliked it because bad movies almost never illicit yearning for a second viewing. Well, unless you are into ironic viewings […]

Game Night

Film Title

Game Night

Synopsis

And now it’s gone

Director

John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein

Cast

Rachel McAdams
Jason Bateman
Kyle Chandler
Jesse Plemons
Sharon Horgan
Billy Magnussen
Lamorne Morris
Kylie Bunbury

Can I play? Have you ever wanted to participate in one of those murder mystery nights with a group of people? Yeah, me neither. I tried it one time years ago and it was one of the most awkward memories I have. In order for it to be even remotely fun, everyone involved has to […]

The 15:17 to Paris

Film Title

The 15:17 to Paris

Synopsis

Bros discover a terrorist plot on the way to Paris

Director

Clint Eastwood

Cast

Ray Corasani
Alek Skarlotas
Anthony Sadler
Spencer Stone
Judy Greer

The 15:17 to Paris 1 Hour 34 Minutes, PG-13 for gun and knife violence. Fair Value Rating of The 15:17 to Paris: $2.00. Its a solid punt as a Redbox rental, an excellent compromise choice if you’re watching a film with family or people you don’t know well. Impeccable but unessential, pleasing but forgettable. Is […]

The Magdalene Sisters (2002)

Film Title

The Magdalene Sisters (2002)

Synopsis

Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum.

Director

Peter Mullan

Cast

Geraldine McEwan
Anne-Marie Duff
Nora-Jane Noone
Dorothy Duffy
Eileen Walsh
Britta Smith

I don’t need a movie to tell me that the Catholic Church is completely fucked. [EDITOR’S NOTE: Today’s date in 1985 marks the first time that contraceptives were legalized in Ireland] I long ago accepted that priests preferred the bung hole to the Sermon on the Mount; nuns were repressed cunts in need of good […]

Early Man

Film Title

Early Man

Synopsis

Cavemen. And villagers. Playing soccer-ball foot-ball.

Director

Nick Park

Cast

Tom Hiddleston
Maisie Williams
Eddie Redmayne
Timothy Spall

Soccer? Really? Of all the animated films I’ve taken my son to see, Early Man is easily the weakest. Of course, that doesn’t matter to my five-year old, so the only thing I will say about this film is if it inspires my son to want to play soccer (which the very idea of watching […]