Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso in Rogue One

Rogue One: The Untold Story of the Heroes Who Saved the Rebellion

You may not win the battle, but there’s a chance you’ll win the war. That’s the message at the heart of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Continue reading “Rogue One: The Untold Story of the Heroes Who Saved the Rebellion”

Amy Adams in Arrival (2016)

Arrival: Who Knew a Movie About Alien Linguistics Would Cut So Deep?

Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario), Arrival isn’t your typical sci-fi. Yes, it has the striking visuals of aliens and their ships (on a fairly modest $50 million budget, I might add) and a truly unnerving yet gorgeous score from Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory of Everything, Sicario), but it’s less focused on the “wow factor” of science fiction. Instead, it chooses to be a deep and devastating story about life and human connection. And throughout all of it, it examines the role language plays in those moments. Continue reading “Arrival: Who Knew a Movie About Alien Linguistics Would Cut So Deep?”

The Butler

The Butler: A Good Movie Weighed Down by An Overabundance of Cameos

Kick-Ass 2 and Jobs tanked this weekend while The Butler claimed the top of the box office. Not surprising, really, considering Kick-Ass 2 was a sequel, Jobs massacred Steve Jobs’ biography, and The Butler had Oprah Winfrey (She doesn’t star in movies that flop. That’s for peasants). But does that mean The Butler is a good movie? Continue reading “The Butler: A Good Movie Weighed Down by An Overabundance of Cameos”