‘War Machine’ Review: Brad Pitt’s Military Satire For Netflix Lacks Firepower
With President Donald Trump traveling in the Middle East and talking his hopes for peace, Netflix couldn't have strategized a better time to debut its Brad Pitt-starring military satire War Machine. Unfortunately, despite a few good swings from Pitt, the May 26-launching film from director David Michôd is a mind-numbing misfire.
As we did back in March for a review of Netflix's docuseries Five Came Back, my colleague and TV Talk podcast partner Pete Hammond and I have… Read
‘Twin Peaks’ Review: WTF Was That?
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's Twin Peaks debut on Showtime.
After all the hype, anticipation and secrecy, Twin Peaks is finally back. But WTF was that premiere that just aired on Showtime all about? With Kyle MacLachlan back as FBI Agent Dale Cooper and more, the first two parts of David Lynch and Mark Frost's new 18-part installment was weird, sometimes intentionally tedious, and amazing at the same time – and something you have to watch.
As I… Read
‘Wakefield’ Review: Bryan Cranston Is Brilliant As A Man Descending Into Madness
Wakefield, which premiered at last fall’s Telluride and Toronto festivals, gives Bryan Cranston what can only be characterized as a remarkable tour de force role. He plays Howard Wakefield, a seemingly successful man with the perfect career and family life who suddenly just drops out one day. However, in writer-director Robin Swicord’s riveting and insightful adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s 2012 short story, this man does not go far after mysteriously going missing from his… Read
‘Alien: Covenant’ Review: It’s Fassbender Vs Fassbender In Ridley Scott’s Creepy ‘Prometheus’ Follow-Up
It is not always easy to make waves with a new horror film since the genre is so over-saturated, and it feels like we have seen every variation. But in 1979, Ridley Scott managed it with the release of Alien, his brooding and terrifying sci-fi horror flick that even 38 years later can still send chills down the spine of just about anyone. It spawned of course numerous sequels including James Cameron’s Aliens, which actually managed to top the original in thrills. Then… Read
‘The Wall’ Review: Aaron Taylor-Johnson Delivers Tour De Force Performance In Tight Iraq War Thriller
Largely alone onscreen for most of the 81-minute running time of the tight new psychological thriller The Wall, Aaron Taylor-Johnson dominates this engrossing and challenging work that grown-up audiences just might want to choose over King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Snatched this weekend.
As I say in my video review (click the link above to watch), director Doug Liman — who helmed such big action pictures as Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow… Read
‘Anne With An E’ Review: Netflix’s Dark ‘Green Gables’ Adaptation Full Of New Life
Without watching Netflix’s May 12-launching Anne With An E, some might say it is near sacrilege to have a new version of the classic Anne Of Green Gables tale. They could say that on Canada’s 150th anniversary, no small-screen version of L.M. Montgomery's much-adapted 1908 novel could hope reach the heights of the Megan Follows-starring 1985 miniseries and one of the Great White North’s most famous works of literature.
Well, as good as that Kevin Sullivan-directed effort… Read
‘Snatched’ Review: Goldie Hawn Is Back And Amy Schumer Is Lucky To Have Her
If nothing else, the raucous, over-the-top new comedy Snatched should be grateful for snatching the irrepressible Goldie Hawn and luring her back to the movies after a 14-year absence. Teamed with the appealing Amy Schumer who is following up her hit debut Trainwreck, Hawn manages to ground this movie and save it time and again from its own worst comedic instincts. In lesser hands Snatched would not be worth writing about, but with Schumer and especially Hawn on board it… Read
‘King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword’ Review: Guy Ritchie’s Reinvention Is Definitely Not Your Father’s ‘Camelot’
It has been 50 years since Warner Bros released its adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot. Now the studio is back on the King Arthur bandwagon with a wildly different take on the famous mythical world of the Knights of the Round Table. This new version actually is more like British Punks of the Round Table as director Guy Ritchie creates a brand-new backstory for Arthur in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Since the romantic and gorgeously designed world of C… Read
‘Obit’ Review: Who Knew Obituary Writers Could Be So Fascinating?
As documentaries go, few of them are as outright entertaining to watch as director Vanessa Gould’s fascinating treatment of The New York Times obituary reporters, called, appropriately enough, Obit.
It’s not hard to believe that no one has ever touched this subject as a feature film before, as on the surface it doesn’t seem that appetizing, but there is a lot of meat on these bones and Gould mines it for all its worth – and then some.
Focusing on the often forgotten… Read
‘3 Generations’ Review: Trans Teen Dramedy Could Have Been So Much More
Its theatrical release long delayed, the new dramedy 3 Generations is finally here, but the gap between its 2014 production and now seems to have cost it the urgency and relevance it might have had earlier. Originally presented at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival under the title About Ray and initially set for release that month, this beautifully cast, small New York City-set comedy/drama was retitled and, considering the film is about much more than just Ray, 3 Generations … Read
‘I Love Dick’ Review: Jill Soloway Series Ambitiously Busts TV Format
Launching on May 12, Jill Soloway's new Amazon series I Love Dick is no Transparent. However, what it is will challenge you, maybe shock you, inform you, and certainly throw into question what a TV show is with a plethora of perspectives rarely seen on the small screen.
Sure, challenging can sometimes be a polite way of saying confusing, as I say in my video review above, but it can also be something new, striving, and different – and that's an ambition you’ve got to like… Read
‘The Lovers’ Review: Debra Winger & Tracy Letts Soar In A24’s Wickedly Funny Tale Of Marriage Gone Sour
The Lovers is an ironic but pitch-perfect title for the darkly funny and probing new comedy about a marriage on the rocks that is fortunate to have two actors at the top of their game in charge. In fact Debra Winger, who plays Mary, has not had a leading role this assured and sharp in a feature film in at least two decades. It ranks as some of the best work she has ever done onscreen. And her equally fine co-star Tracy Letts as Michael continues on his role of sterling… Read