Writer-director Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin)
knows the simple secret for creating a down-and-dirty little indie
thriller: Introduce us to smart, funny characters, but don’t feel the
need to burden them with cluttered backstories.
Cooking shows are a dime a dozen today,
with several networks and daytime TV series devoted to foodie
entertainment. But a true culinary documentary is rare. Enter Netflix,
which offers two original programs that examine food in a beautiful,
The television sketch comedy princes Keegan-Michael Key
and Jordan Peele seemingly abdicated their crowns at the height of
their reign with the intention of tackling other formats (although
sticking to making us laugh, rather than straying into more dramatic
I feel like I might have to accept some level of responsibility for the ensemble comedy from Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman),
since I, along with just about every other critic in the game, joked
about his seeming desire to pander to audiences with holiday-themed
Imagine a fantastic true story that feels like it can’t
be real. In 1959, toiling away at a newspaper, Ed Myers (Giovanni
Ribisi) pens a letter to Ernest Hemingway (Adrian Sparks) that gets sent
by a co-worker to Havana, Cuba, where the great writer enjoys a life of
unparalleled celebrity and a sense of self-satisfaction.
This animated adventure follows the timeworn blueprint
of an impending galactic threat that must be met and thwarted by a
steely resistance augmented by the presence of a lowly figure and a
Moving on from Boyhood, filmmaker Richard
Linklater follows a wayward collection of college baseball players
attempting to strike a balance between freedom and responsibility at a
time when their only concern would seem to be enjoying and maintaining
the good-time ride they’re on.
Writer-director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) might
seem to be an unlikely choice to steer this seemingly pedestrian human
drama about an American businessman (Tom Hanks) on the decline who
concocts a scheme to reclaim his footing by traveling to Saudi Arabia to
pitch an idea to a wealthy monarch.
Miles Ahead, the new film from
multi-hyphenate Don Cheadle, captures Miles Davis a little more than a decade
from his final days, but there’s a very real sense of the fragility,
both physically and psychologically, that plagued him toward the end.
Beyond its ridiculous backstory, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season
Premiere, Friday, Netflix) is fun because it explores various elements
of contemporary culture through the lens of a childlike adult who missed
out on years of life experiences and stupid slang terms.