REVIEW: Hell or High Water, Comanche Brothers Toby & Tanner Howard Set Their Sights on Texas Midlands Bank

Posted by James Brown on Sunday, August 28, 2016 In : 0.00% Water 
Hell or High Water





Directed By: David Mackenzie

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, and Katy Mixon


August may be a poor time to catch high quality big budget blockbusters.  Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad are most certainly potent examples of this.  Still, it's an excellent time to catch great independent or low budget films.  After all, the month of August is really the preamble to awards season and the glut of prestige films on the way in the next several months.  I'...

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REVIEW: Chasing Jobs at Weekend Live, Members of The Commune Don't Think Twice While Doing Improv for America

Posted by James Brown on Saturday, August 27, 2016 In : 0.06% Beer or Wine 
Don't Think Twice





Directed By: Mike Birbiglia

Starring: Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard, and Tami Sagher


"Has anyone had a particularly hard day?"
-Samantha (Gillian Jacobs)

I can't say that I have upon reflecting on my screening of Mike Birbiglia's improv-themed comedy Don't Think Twice.  With the notable exceptions of Hello, My Name Is Doris and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, we haven't exactly had a glut of pure comedies or dramedies at the indie box ...

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REVIEW: With Chocolate Ice Cream & Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, Southside With You Is One Stark Reminder of the Good Times with the Obamas

Posted by James Brown on Saturday, August 27, 2016 In : 0.03% Wine Coolers 
Southside With You





Directed By: Richard Tanne

Starring: Parker Sawyers, Tika Sumpter, and Vanessa Bell Calloway


2016 has been one wild election year.  One thing that has come of the political tumult is that Americans are reminded just how good we have it with our current Commander-in-Chief.  While Secretary Clinton tries to dance away from the perceptions of impropriety during her tenure at the State Department courtesy of the Clinton Foundation and Donald Trump talks about black people and flip...

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REVIEW: Scarface's War Dogs Say The World Is Yours When 100 Million Rounds of AK-47 Are Crumbs for AEY

Posted by James Brown on Sunday, August 21, 2016 In : 0.06% Beer or Wine 
War Dogs





Directed By: Todd Phillips

Starring: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, J. B. Blanc, Bradley Cooper, Barry Livingston, and Kevin Pollak


I have been in an odd mood as a moviegoer over the last few weeks.  I think the disappointing end to the summer movie season has left me in a rather sour disposition about the latest offerings at the box office.  I genuinely was not looking forward to War Dogs despite the fact that it's starring two of the premier talents of the last several years....

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REVIEW: Playing Carnegie Hall for True Music Lovers Despite Syphilis, Florence Foster Jenkins Sings Though She Can't Sing

Posted by James Brown on Sunday, August 21, 2016 In : 0.03% Wine Coolers 
Florence Foster Jenkins





Directed By: Stephen Frears

Starring: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Nina Arianda


Director Stephen Frears has chosen some interesting stories to tell over the years, and he's worked with some great leading ladies over the years.  He directed Helen Mirren in her triumphant portrayal of living royalty in The Queen.  He guided Dame Judi Dench in her journey as an elderly mother retracing her long lost son's steps in Philomena.  This year, he g...

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REVIEW: Touching Tips & Jeopardizing the Great Beyond in Sausage Party, Frank & Brenda Go Down the Comedy Aisle at Shopwell

Posted by James Brown on Saturday, August 13, 2016 In : 0.03% Wine Coolers 
Sausage Party





Directed By: Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon

Starring: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek


There's been an onslaught of animated fare at the box office.  Zootopia, Finding Dory, and The Secret Life of Pets are just a few of the films that have dominated the cinemas over the course of the year.  This is without even considering the multitude ...

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REVIEW: Indignation Features Son of a Kosher Butcher & Atheist Marcus Messner Spurning Dean Caudwell & The Winesburg Chapel

Posted by James Brown on Saturday, August 13, 2016 In : 0.00% Water 
Indignation





Directed By: James Schamus

Starring: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, Linda Emond, Danny Burstein, Ben Rosenfield, Pico Alexander, Philip Ettinger, and Noah Robbins

I'm really enjoying my return to independent film.  The timing couldn't have been better.  As the mainstream box office continues to largely disappoint, arthouse cinemas are here to pick up the pieces of aficionados' dashes hopes, as long as we're willing to indulge indie filmmakers' tendencies to experiment and di...

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REVIEW: In Café Society, Dreams Are Dreams

Posted by James Brown on Sunday, August 7, 2016 In : 0.06% Beer or Wine 
Café Society





Directed By: Woody Allen

Starring: Jeannie Berlin, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Richard Portnow, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll, and Ken Stott


"Socrates said the unexamined life is not worth living, but the examined one is no bargain."
-Leonard (Stephen Kunken)

I haven't reviewed a Woody Allen film in a couple of years.  Honestly, it's been since his 2014 feature Magic in the Moonlight.  I couldn't tell you if it's just that I'm repulsed by the factoids of...

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REVIEW: Riding Steve On Noam Chomsky Day, Captain Fantastic Succeeds at Mission Rescue Moviegoers & Sticks It to the Man

Posted by James Brown on Saturday, August 6, 2016 In : 0.03% Wine Coolers 
Captain Fantastic





Directed By: Matt Ross

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, Ann Dowd, and Steve Zahn


I'll admit it.  I've been quiet on the indie front this summer.  With the exception of A Bigger Splash —which I just so happen to be overdue on reviewing— and perhaps The Lobster (if it can be loved), I haven't fallen in love with too many movies.  I also don't think our more artistic filmmakers have been speaking to the times in recent months.  With a pun intended given...

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REVIEW: Mistakenly Focused on the Witch's Heart, the Suicide Squad Is In Need of a Good Pep Talk

Posted by James Brown on Saturday, August 6, 2016 In : 0.06% Beer or Wine 
Suicide Squad





Directed By: David Ayer

Starring: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, and Cara Delevingne


The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is really having a hard time getting off the ground.  I recently checked out the extended edition of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  While you all know my feelings on the abysmal theatrical version, I must admit that the extended edition is ...

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