Movie Review: COLD IN JULY

COLD IN JULY movie poster | ©2014 IFC Films

Rating: Unrated Stars: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw Writers: Nick Damici & Jim Mickle, based on the novel by Joe R. Lansdale Director: Jim Mickle Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: May 23, 2014 Adapted from a novel by Joe R. Lansdale, one can see the elements that should make COLD IN JULY a sharp thriller. It’s got a great cast, headed up by Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson, an intriguing premise and, in Jim Mickle, a director who wants to make sure that the scenes look interesting. So what’s the problem? Without having […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SIDE EFFECTS

SIDE EFFECTS | (c) 2013 Open Road Films

Rating: R Stars: Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum, Vinessa Shaw, Ann Dowd Writer: Scott Z. Burns Director: Steven Soderbergh Distributor: Open Road Release Date: February 8, 2013 SIDE EFFECTS starts out seeming like it’s going to be a movie about a severely depressed young woman, Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara), whose life is upended once when her husband Martin (Channing Tatum) is released from prison after a stint for insider trading. Emily’s existence goes through even bigger changes she agrees to be a guinea pig for a new antidepressant. This is the set-up, but the movie turns out […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BIG MIRACLE

BIG MIRACLE movie poster | ©2012 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Ted Danson, Amaogak Sweeney, John Pingayak, Kristen Bell, Dermot Mulroney, Vinessa Shaw, Kathy Baker, Tim Blake Nelson Writers: Jack Amiel & Michael Begler, based on the book FREEING THE WHALES by Thomas Rose Director: Ken Kwapis Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: February 3, 2012 A movie that is pretty much equally friendly to whales, whale hunters, Greenpeace and big oil sounds like a) something that can’t exist and b) would be pretty spineless if it did. Surprise – BIG MIRACLE, loosely based on an actual incident, manages to accomplish all of this and […]Read On »

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