NBC’s hour-long Tuesday-night series THIS IS US is one of the best-received new shows of the fall. Created by Dan Fogelman, THIS IS US explores the lives of four people who share the same birthday and their families, in the Eighties and in the present. Milo Ventimiglia plays Jack, who is married to Rebecca (Mandy Moore). They are the birth parents of Kate (Chrissie Metz plays her as an adult) and Kevin (played as an adult by Justin Hartley) and adoptive parents of Randall (Sterling K. Brown portrays the grown version). Ventimiglia also reprises his role as Jess Mariano in […]Read On »
Rating: R Stars: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Christopher Abbott, Alfred Molina, Billy Bob Thornton, Evan Jonigkeit, Josh Charles Writer: Robert Carlock, based on the book THE TALIBAN SHUFFLE: STRANGE DAYS IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN by Kim Barker Directors: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa Distributor: Paramount Release Date: March 4, 2016 WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT is a fictionalized dramedy about war correspondent Kim Barker’s nonfiction book THE TALIBAN SHUFFLE: STRANGE DAYS IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN. Her onscreen counterpart here, Kim Baker (Tina Fey), stays with the story in Afghanistan. The movie, written by Robert Carlock and directed by the team […]Read On »
Rating: R Stars: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Adrian Martinez, Gerald McRaney, Brennan Brown, BD Wong Writers: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa Directors: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 27, 2015 FOCUS begins in a way that primes us to expect one sort of movie, only to deliver another. Given that bait and switch and general con artistry is the business of its protagonist Nicky (Will Smith), this isn’t inappropriate, but it’s still somewhere between a little disconcerting and really disappointing, depending on how much one values certain elements. There are plenty of plot […]Read On »
To clear up one possible area of confusion at the outset, I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS is not about someone who has fallen for the tobacco company of that name. Instead, it is the fact-based story of Steven Russell, a con artist who managed to non-violently escape from jail on four different occasions and for awhile pulled off a number of astonishing cons, many of them to assist the love of his life, Phillip Morris.