Film Review: Dirty Grandpa (2016)

Dylan Thomas's 66-year-old poem, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," shows up repeatedly in our culture, most recently ad nauseum in the 2014 film Interstellar. It’s not hard to ascertain why. Thomas's words capture a provocative theme, outlining the inevitability of death while celebrating the struggle for survival. This theme is at the…Read more Film Review: Dirty Grandpa (2016)

Film Review: My King (2015)

No story is potentially more predictable than the romantic drama. Well, scratch that, there are stories about dogs. In both cases, you usually know what to expect. Both narratives are almost always marked by pathos, and, more than likely, they both don’t end well. In the French film, My King (now on DVD), starring Emmanuelle…Read more Film Review: My King (2015)

Film Review: The Light Between Oceans (2016)

I'm often referred to as being a cynic, and in many ways that characterization rings true. Other traits however color me as something else: a sentimentalist. I often find love stories - particularly those given life by actors as beautiful as Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender - to be quite touching. I'm also a big sucker for stories…Read more Film Review: The Light Between Oceans (2016)

Film Review: Arrival (2016)

Considering how disturbing the past couple of days have been, I was probably fated to react viscerally to the first film I watched in theaters after the election. That film turned out to be the lauded Arrival, directed by the always interesting Denis Villeneuve, the man behind diverse features like Prisoners, Enemy and Sicario. Arrival tells…Read more Film Review: Arrival (2016)

Film Review: Bad Moms (2016)

In Bad Moms Mila Kunis is Amy Mitchell, a married woman with a lot on her plate. Amy works as a sales representative for a hip Chicago coffee company. She also is a stellar full-time mom to two children, Dylan and Jane. She loves many things about her life, but she is also harassed, underappreciated…Read more Film Review: Bad Moms (2016)

Film Review: Farewell, My Queen (2012)

My interest in the French Revolution began several years ago. I was in Paris and shamelessly decided this was where I'd read Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities for the first time. Putting aside the face-palming aspects of that decision (cause, you know, I must have looked REAL cool reading THAT book in THAT city), I…Read more Film Review: Farewell, My Queen (2012)

Film Review: Game Change (2012)

One of the most engaging appearances in Game Change, the 2012 HBO film about Sarah Palin and the 2008 election, is not Julianne Moore take on the infamous former governor of Alaska. It is actually Tina Fey, who spectacularly impersonated Palin in a number of SNL skits during the '08 cycle, and who has continued to…Read more Film Review: Game Change (2012)