Film Review: ‘August: Osage County’

Sometimes in life, the greatest blows we take come from those who are supposed to be the closest to us. In a nutshell, that’s what Tracy Letts explored in his Tony- and Pulitzer-winning play, August: Osage County, now adapted by the author from a three-hour play into a two-hour film. The Weston family is a dark… Read More Film Review: ‘August: Osage County’

Review Roundup: ‘Adore,’ ‘Riddick’

Adore Studio-Provided Plot Summary: Set in an Australian seaside town of otherworldly beauty and shot in lush 35mm Cinemascope, Adore establishes an aura of fable as it follows two women’s plunge into uncharted waters. Naomi Watts and Robin Wright fearlessly engage with both the physical and psychological components of the story, capturing the complex emotions and… Read More Review Roundup: ‘Adore,’ ‘Riddick’

Review Roundup: ‘The World’s End,’ ‘You’re Next’

The World’s End Studio-Provided Plot Synopsis: The third installment of director Edgar Wright’s trilogy of comedies starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, following the successes Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007). In The World’s End, 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent… Read More Review Roundup: ‘The World’s End,’ ‘You’re Next’

Review Roundup: ‘Paranoia,’ ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler,’ ‘Kick-Ass 2,’ ‘Jobs,’ ‘The Spectacular Now’

Paranoia Studio-Provided Plot Synopsis: In this high-stakes thriller, Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) is a regular guy trying to get ahead in his entry-level job at Wyatt Corporation. But after one costly mistake, Adam’s ruthless CEO, Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman), forces him to spy on corporate rival, Jock Goddard (Harrison Ford), Wyatt’s old mentor. Adam soon… Read More Review Roundup: ‘Paranoia,’ ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler,’ ‘Kick-Ass 2,’ ‘Jobs,’ ‘The Spectacular Now’

Review Roundup: ‘Blue Jasmine,’ ‘Elysium,’ ‘Lovelace,’ ‘Planes’

Blue Jasmine Studio-Provided Plot Synopsis: After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin), elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) moves into her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again. My Thoughts: Coming out of this film, I… Read More Review Roundup: ‘Blue Jasmine,’ ‘Elysium,’ ‘Lovelace,’ ‘Planes’

Review Roundup: ‘We’re the Millers,’ ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’

We’re the Millers Studio-Provided Plot Synopsis: David Burke (Jason Sudeikis) is a small-time pot dealer whose clientele includes chefs and soccer moms, but no kids-after all, he has his scruples. So what could go wrong? Plenty. Preferring to keep a low profile for obvious reasons, he learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished… Read More Review Roundup: ‘We’re the Millers,’ ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’

Quick Flick Thoughts: ‘The Wolverine,’ ‘The To Do List,’ ‘I’m So Excited!’

The Wolverine Including his memorable cameo in 2011’s X-Men: First Class, Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine in a whopping six films to date, with next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past also featuring Jackman in a key role. That’s a lot of Wolverine for one actor, but it’s also enough time in a role to deliver something… Read More Quick Flick Thoughts: ‘The Wolverine,’ ‘The To Do List,’ ‘I’m So Excited!’