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Unsullied

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 25, 2015
By now we have become used to actors venturing behind the camera and even the occasional musician eager to pursue their crossover dreams, but Simeon Rice, the director of Unsullied, seeks to bulldoze his way from the football field.  

Staving Off ‘The End’ with Donald Margulies

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
The End of the Tour documents an encounter between David Foster Wallace and Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky, who tagged along for the end of the press tour for Wallace’s Infinite Jest. Lipsky’s book, Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, chronicles the five days he spent with Wallace and serves as the basis for the film.  

IFC Ushers in New Age of Parody

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Just last month, HBO aired the hilariously absurd 7 Days In Hell, a fake sports documentary following two fictional tennis rivals played by Kit Harington and Andy Samberg. IFC ups the ante by debuting an entire series of faux documentaries with the new comedy Documentary Now! (Series Premiere, 10 p.m. Thursday).  

Hitman: Agent 47

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
For some reason, videogame adaptations have failed to achieve any degree of crossover success (multi-platforming across the screen and possibly into the literary sphere) that might have been expected.   

Jimmy's Hall

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes the Barley) continues to offer audiences his British socialist outsider narratives, this time delving into the Depression-Era return of Jimmy Gralton (Barry Ward) to his home in Ireland after a decade spent in exile in the United States.  

American Ultra

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
An Adventureland reunion breaks out in Project X director Nima Nourizadeh’s new movie about a stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) who turns out to be a stone-cold licensed-to-kill government agent deemed to be off the reservation.   

The Prophet

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Kahlil Gibran’s seminal work gets reimagined as a documentary essay by Gary Tarn (Black Sun) that seeks to illustrate the themes of love, life and loss that The Prophet addressed through its powerful mix of prose and poetry-laced essays, with Thandie Newton providing narration.    

Sinister 2

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Death comes a-calling, and it seems intent on seducing the twin sons (Robert Daniel Sloan and Dartanian Sloan) of a mother (Shannyn Sossamon) who has moved her family to a remote rural house with a connection to a dark past.   

Gemma Bovery

0 Comments · Friday, August 14, 2015
One of the few missed opportunities for me from last year’s Toronto International Film Festival from Anne Fontaine (the writer/director of Coco Before Chanel), Gemma Bovery dances along the demarcations that seek to define comedy, drama and romance.   

Straight Outta Compton

0 Comments · Friday, August 14, 2015
The movie gods could not have scripted a better scenario than the narrative behind F. Gary Gray’s new release.  

Guy Ritchie: The Director and ‘The Man’ S.H.R.U.G.S.

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2015
In more than 15 years of covering the film beat, never have I encountered a more out-of-left-field production than Guy Ritchie’s reboot of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which was based on the telev  

Heroes and Tragedies

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2015
From True Detective to a true story, Sundays on HBO feature new programming for the remainder of the month with Show Me A Hero (Miniseries Premiere, 8 p.m. Sunday, HBO).  

‘Irrational Man’ Argues Against Rationalizing a Career

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2015
I think it might be time to start evaluating the career of Woody Allen by comparing it to the musical output of LL Cool J (aka James Todd Smith).  

Jon Stewart Says Goodnight To ‘The Daily Show’

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Jon Stewart might not be the only host of The Daily Show — Craig Kilborn hosted the original program from 1996-98 — but the comedian-commentator will always be associated with his work on the show, spanning from 1999 through this week’s final episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11 p.m. Thursday, Comedy Central).  

Dark Places

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Having written both the novel and the screenplay for David Fincher’s adaptation of the bestseller Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn hands the reins over to Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key), who writes and directs this take on Flynn’s novel about Libby Day (Sterling Jerins), a 7-year-old girl whose family is brutally murdered in their Kansas farmhouse.