Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden

Snowden Isn’t the Thrilling Biopic It Wants to Be

It’s difficult to write a review about Snowden because it’s so bland. I don’t even know how being this bland is possible for a movie with such a good pedigree. I mean, it’s directed by Oliver Stone (Any Given Sunday, Platoon). It has great actors like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Rhys Ifans, Nicholas Cage, and Zachary Quinto. And it’s about a public figure who, to this day, is controversial. That should make it fascinating! So why isn’t it? Continue reading “Snowden Isn’t the Thrilling Biopic It Wants to Be”

Tom Hanks in Sully (2016)

Sully: A Good Movie About a Great Man

Most of us can recall the events of January 15, 2009, when Captain Chesley Sullenberger landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after a bird strike just shortly after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. We watched on social media and live TV as the flight crew, Coast Guard, NYPD Aviation Unit, and Hudson tourist ferries rescued 155 people in 24 minutes. It truly was the “Miracle on the Hudson.” Can a movie top watching that event in real time? Continue reading “Sully: A Good Movie About a Great Man”

michael fassbender as steve jobs

Steve Jobs: Fassbender Is Amazing, But Getting Past Sorkin Is Hard

Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) releases the Macintosh personal computer in 1984. But after lower-than-expected sales and quarrels with CEO John Sculley (Jeff Daniels), Jobs is fired and smeared in the press by his good friend and Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak (Seth Rogen). Continue reading “Steve Jobs: Fassbender Is Amazing, But Getting Past Sorkin Is Hard”

Black Mass starring Johnny Depp as James "Whitey" Bulger

Black Mass: Johnny Depp Finally Drops the Act and Picks Up Acting (Again)

In 1975, James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) works with his childhood friend and FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) to take down the Italian mafia in Boston. But while the FBI celebrates their win, Bulger uses his relationship with Connolly to strengthen his crime lord status in Boston and along the East Coast. Continue reading “Black Mass: Johnny Depp Finally Drops the Act and Picks Up Acting (Again)”

Clint Eastwood's American Sniper

American Sniper: A Good Film That Could’ve Been Better With More Depth

Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) was a professional rodeo rider from Texas who eventually became the greatest sniper in American history. Kyle had 160 confirmed kills during his four tours in the Iraq War, which he later wrote about in his book, American Sniper, upon which this Clint Eastwood-directed movie is based. Continue reading “American Sniper: A Good Film That Could’ve Been Better With More Depth”

Selma Movie

Selma: A Damn Good Film That Deserves Best Picture Nominations

In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) marched thousands in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery to secure equal voting rights for blacks. Despite harassment from law enforcement in Selma and pro-segregation governor George Wallace (Tim Roth), Dr. King’s nonviolent movement helped convince President Lyndon B. Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) to push the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Continue reading “Selma: A Damn Good Film That Deserves Best Picture Nominations”

wild reese witherspoon

Wild: Not Feeling the Film or Reese Witherspoon

If you’re looking for another version of EatPray, Love, here you go. Wild is the film adaptation of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, a memoir about real-life Cheryl Strayed (played by Reese Witherspoon), who embarks on a 1,100-mile hike up the Pacific Crest Trail while fighting addiction, coping with death, and going through a divorce alone. Movies like this are crack for white, middle-class suburbanites. Continue reading “Wild: Not Feeling the Film or Reese Witherspoon”