Josh Duhamel stars in “BANDIT” | FILM REVIEW

Where the thrill of the heist is more important than the score
Josh Duhamel, Elisha Cuthbert, Nestor Carbonell and Mel Gibson
Directed by Allan Ungar

From the start, Allan Ungar’s “Bandit” takes the wrong storytelling route, in both its screenplay and casting of the lead role. Kraig Wenman adapted Ed Arnold and Robert Knuckle’s novel “The Flying Bandit: Bringing Down Canada's Most Daring Armed Robber,” morphing this undeniably exciting true tale into a comedy of errors, sort of. Sadly, the true error is in the screenplay. The film is ... more >


Old school entertainment done right
Starring Jon Hamm, Marcia Gay Harden and Kyle MacLachlan
Directed by Greg Mottola

Greg Mottola’s “Confess, Fletch” is an absolute delight. Smartly written and consistently funny, this is one of most entertaining films of 2022. Although inevitable, Mottola’s picture shouldn’t be compared with Michael Ritchie’s 1985 “Fletch” starring Chevy Chase, as the two films are cut from a different cloth. Ritchie’s was very much a product of the eighties. Once Chevy Chase was cast, ... more >


Jeff Baena’s latest film stands out for a mature and nuanced performance from Alison Brie with which she shows versatility
Starring Alison Brie, Jake Picking and Stella Chestnut
Directed by Jeff Baena

The screenplay for "Spin me Round" (written by lead actress Alison Brie and filmmaker Jeff Baena) works for much of the film--until it falls into a hole of idiosyncrasies. There is a lot going on with this unique film, the best being the deceptively anti-romantic view of the text. Where most films find grand (and mostly clichéd) romance in a story like this, “Spin Me Round” is smarter than ... more >

“DAY SHIFT” starring Dave Franco and Jamie Foxx | REVIEW

Film is uneven but there's enough good within
Starring Dave Franco, Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Jamie Foxx
Directed by J.J. Perry

As the new film “Day Shift” proves mixing the horror genre with action is tough. Adding in comedy is even harder. Director J.J. Perry’s feature length debut doesn’t always hit its mark but entertains nonetheless thanks to a focused first half and a good cast. Less a pure Horror effort and more of an amusement park ride, director Perry goes for the fun of it all. The always entertaining ... more >

“BREAKING” writers and director discuss the importance of ‘being heard’ | INTERVIEW

Starring John Boyega, Nicole Beharie and Selenis Leyva
Directed by Abi Damaris Corbin

On July 3rd, 2017, desperate for help and with seemingly no one taking his complaints of pain seriously, retired Marine Brian Easley walked into an Atlanta-area bank, gently informing a clerk that he had a bomb. He didn’t want to rob the bank, he insisted; he simply wanted the money he felt the VA had denied him for his own care. He also wanted to be heard. Easley phoned both 911 and a local ... more >

“THE TERRITORY,” exploring the essence of land and belonging in the Amazon

Essentials come to the fore after a conflict arises
Neidinha Bandeira and Bitaté Uru Eu Wau Wau
Directed by Alex Fritz

As the opening of director Alex Pritz’s interesting new documentary “The Territory,” informs us, the Uru-eu-wau-wau people of Brazil were discovered by the country’s government in the eighties. The area of Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau occupation went from the valleys of the Madeira (to the north), Machado (to the east), Guaporé (to the south) rivers and on to the Mamoré (to the west), according to available ... more >

REVIEW | A lemon and a Ladybug walk into the café car; “BULLET TRAIN”

Hang on to the bitter end
Brad Pitt, Brian Tyree Henry and Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Directed by David Leitch

Near the end of the new action headache “Bullet Train” a character is trying to stop the titular train as it speeds out of control. Desperately trying every switch and button he screams for the roaring machine to stop. After the first forty-five minutes of “Train” I wanted the same thing. “Bullet Train” is a live-action cartoon of violence and over-the-top madness that entertains but runs ... more >