Movie Review: TRIPLE 9

TRIPLE 9 | © 2016 Open Road Films

Rating: R Stars: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Clifton Collins Jr., Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet Writer: Matt Cook Director: John Hillcoat Distributor: Open Road Films Release Date: February 26, 2016 TRIPLE 9 – that is, 999 – is the U.S. police radio code for “officer down” (it’s also the British equivalent of dialing 911). When the signal is sent out, virtually every officer in the city converges on the site of the incident, leaving very few cops to deal with other crimes that may be happening at the same time. In TRIPLE 9, a gang of Atlanta, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OUT OF THE FURNACE

OUT OF THE FURNACE movie poster | ©2013 Relativity Media

Rating: R Stars: Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Tom Bower, Sam Shepard Writers: Brad Ingelsby and Scott Cooper Director: Scott Cooper Distributor: Relativity Media Release Date: December 6, 2013 OUT OF THE FURNACE is a film that seeks to pull deep meaning out of what feels like the closed-ended plot of an episode of a cable series, like JUSTIFIED or BOARDWALK EMPIRE. It is meant to be a heartfelt tale of loss and revenge, but despite some fine performances, the characters are underwritten. There’s only so much emotion we can feel when symbolism […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PARANORMAN

PARANORMAN | (c) 2012 Universal Pictures

Stars (voices): Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Elaine Stritch, Bernard Hill, Jodelle Ferland, Tempestt Bledsoe, Alex Borstein, John Goodman Writer: Chris Butler Directors: Sam Fell & Chris Butler Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: August 17, 2012 PARANORMAN is the latest 3-D stop-motion animation release from a lot of the folks who brought you the film version of CORALINE (writer Neil Gaiman isn’t involved here, but a lot of the sensibility is the same). The movie is full of surprises, not the least of which is what those surprises actually are. Written […]Read On »

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