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Terminator Genisys

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
After the last lackluster outing (Terminator Salvation) in this groundbreaking science-fiction adventure series (with its first two installments helmed by James Cameron, which explains the early success), the producing powers that be tapped Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) to return the franchise to some semblance of its past glory.  

A Little Chaos

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
There’s always a heightened bit of intrigue when a noted actor steps behind the camera to leave an imprint of his or her own.


0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Part of an Al Pacino double-feature at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Manglehorn, from director David Gordon Green was the more nuanced showcase for Pacino, an actor for whom “nuance” can sometimes be a curious word for a foreign language with no direct translation. 


0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Boaz Yakin started out as an indie upstart director to watch with the urban chess thriller Fresh in 1994 followed by A Price Above Rubies in 1998, but since then has pursued more mainstream fare like Remember the Titans and Uptown Girls (with a brief harder flirtation thanks to 2012’s Safe starring Jason Statham).  

Ted 2

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The Thunder Buddies — John (Mark Wahlberg) and Ted (voice work by writer-director Seth MacFarlane) — are back and seeking to establish personhood for Ted so that he and his new bride Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) can have a baby together (a grown woman wants to have a baby with a teddy bear — don’t ask).  

Magic Mike XXL

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Curiosity dominated the critical conversation when Academy Award-winning renaissance man Steven Soderbergh teamed up with Channing Tatum, the lantern-jawed heartthrob who danced his way into our pop cultural consciousness in Step Up (and starred more recently in Foxcatcher and the ongoing 21 Jump Street franchise).   

Thomas Mann: From ‘Project X’ to ‘The Dying Girl’

Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Weaned on ludicrous white-male teen fantasies like Risky Business and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (the whole John Hughes oeuvre, really), even as an adult I have to admit to a partiality toward movies in which the teen heroes live in a world gloriously beyond the attention of parents who bear more than a passing resemblance to police and other authority figures.   

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Films centering on teens dealing with terminal illnesses have come a long way in a relatively short time.  

Perspective — Not Paradise — is Lost in ‘Escobar’

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Earlier this year, in McFarland, USA (from director Niki Caro) —featuring Kevin Costner as Jim White, the reluctant yet devoted coach of a cross-country team in a small migrant community in California — we experienced life through the eyes and situation of White and his resilient all-American family.  


0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Director Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood) has been rather quiet since Brown Sugar back in 2002, with only one other feature as a writer-director (2010’s Our Family Wedding) and a screenplay credit for Talk to Me in 2007.