The Town

Let’s admit to a solemn truth here: heist flicks are as formulaic as any other genre film. One grand heist leads to another, more often than not there is at least one car chase, the alpha male falls for a woman, said male decides to leave his life of crime, which leads to his final…

A Great Newspaper Story

State Of Play, the film from director Kevin McDonald and screenwriter Tony Gilroy, successfully incorporates the high points from the successful BBC miniseries of the same name but does something the series could not, which is the incorporation of the near-irrelevance of print media into a much-better-than-standard conspiracy thriller. In the film, seasoned newspaper writer…

Pick up your Crazy Heart

Country music, and I mean good, soulful music that both comes from and punches you in the heart, often tells an honest story, sometimes exaggerated. That story can have ups and downs, tell tales of love lost and love found, and probably makes more than one reference to drinking all night, bowling alley bar assumed….

Adventureland

Every couple of years a nostalgic film of note comes along allowing the previous generation to remember their glory days of old. Director Greg Mottola provides this with Adventureland, his follow up to the comedic hit Superbad. Set smack in the late ’80s, Adventureland tells the coming-of-age tale, which such movies are ought to do,…

The Adjustment Bureau

A mash of sci-fi, fantasy and rom-com, The Adjustment Bureau works quite well as a suspend-your-disbelief narrative goes, mostly due to the believable chemistry between likable stars Matt Damon, a senator-to-be, and Emily Blunt, an NYC dancer. Writer/director George Nolfi chose not to go easy with his first-time outing and adapted a Philip K. Dick…

Welcome to Lunar Industries

Science Fiction used to be just that: fictional storytelling with an underlying, relatable theme set in a fantastic environment pseudo-grounded within the realities of science. Authors like Heinlein, Bradbury, and Dick understood and thrived in this medium, setting the tempo for the imaginations of the next generation; their film adaptations, for the most part, were…

Young Adult

Young Adult, the latest from Hollywood Next-Gen’er Jason Reitman and his second pairing with Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody, is a complex, compelling and, often times, creepy character piece focusing on an alcoholic author, the ginchiest of clichés admirably played by Charlize Theron, who decides to reclaim the former greatness of her life by hooking up…

Duplicity

Duplicity, by writer/director Tony Gilroy, of the Jason Bourne trilogy and Michael Clayton fame, ups the standard heist plot and throws into the perfect con game playing out a mutual mistrust that exists on every level from the main star pairing of Clive Owen and Julia Roberts to the always-outstanding supporting cast members of Tom…

An Animation Masterpiece

Henry Selick, director of cult-classic and animation masterpiece The Nightmare Before Christmas, offers up another piece of animation magic and proves that he can do so without the creative help of Tim Burton. Of course, working from a story written by graphic novel wizard Neil Gaiman certainly has its advantages. The star and titular character…