‘The Vanishing’ Review: Gerard Butler Has Island Fever In Gripping Thriller

Gerard Butler's last cinematic foray into Scotland was 2004's beautifully rendered tale Dear Frankie, and now he's back playing a much darker tune with The Vanishing. Though possessing moniker that begs for supernatural occurrences, this film carves a much different, yet ultimately satisfying, path. The Vanishing is a tale that originated from a true story. … Continue reading ‘The Vanishing’ Review: Gerard Butler Has Island Fever In Gripping Thriller

‘Back Roads’ Review: Nuanced Storytelling Propel Alex Pettyfer’s Directing Debut

The element of surprise, especially if it's a great one, is something that should always be welcome in cinema. Case in point is Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four, Magic Mike) an actor who had a straight shot to the Hollywood A-list before taking a several year detour. That change of direction lead him to … Continue reading ‘Back Roads’ Review: Nuanced Storytelling Propel Alex Pettyfer’s Directing Debut

‘The Guilty’ Review: This Phone Call Absolutely Has Our Number

I mentioned on this month's CinemAddicts about my absolute love for The Guilty, and a couple of weeks later this movie is still on my brain. Expect this movie, which many will compare to Locke, to be remade in the U.S. sometime down the road. But enough of that, if you don't know a thing … Continue reading ‘The Guilty’ Review: This Phone Call Absolutely Has Our Number

‘Apostle’ Review: Something Awesome This Way Comes

Gareth Evans, who garnered praise for his ambitious and tight-fisted The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2, makes a surprising and deliriously successful left hand turn with his Apostle, a thriller which serves up a gumbo pot of influences yet thankfully serves up a unique flavor of its own.   It’s 1905, and Dan Stevens … Continue reading ‘Apostle’ Review: Something Awesome This Way Comes

‘Puzzle’ Review: Kelly Macdonald Puts Pieces Together In Memorable Tale

Though she’s had an excellent career, Kelly Macdonald is an under the radar actress whose diverse body of work (No Country for Old Men, Trainspotting, Boardwalk Empire) doesn’t stop her from getting overlooked. She refreshingly takes center stage in Puzzle, and it’s a tale that on would guess resonates with the Scottish actress. Director Marc … Continue reading ‘Puzzle’ Review: Kelly Macdonald Puts Pieces Together In Memorable Tale

‘Hot Summer Nights’ Review: Timothée Chalamet Headlines Visually Arresting Coming Of Age Flick

There will be a ton of style versus substance arguments with Hot Summer Nights, director/writer Elijah Bynum’s visually hypnotic and balls out homage to such features as Goodfellas and Boogie Nights. Is this movie more than a series of beautifully composed shots and a wonderfully curated soundtrack (kudos for the use of The Outfield’s “Your … Continue reading ‘Hot Summer Nights’ Review: Timothée Chalamet Headlines Visually Arresting Coming Of Age Flick

‘The Icarus Line Must Die’ Review: Los Angeles Rock Tale Hits The Right Notes

  The Icarus Line Must Die is a narrative whose roots are embedded in documentary and the underground Los Angeles music scene. Director Michael Grodner also brings a No Wave Cinema aesthetic to the playground, and even with these myriad of influences, The Icarus Line Must Die thankfully carves a singular path. Co-written and headlined … Continue reading ‘The Icarus Line Must Die’ Review: Los Angeles Rock Tale Hits The Right Notes

‘Backstabbing For Beginners’ Review: Et Tu Ben Kingsley?

Based on Michael Soussan's memoir, Backstabbing for Beginners tries to mix a heavy dose of truth and sprinkle it with thriller elements. For the most part it succeeds thanks to another standout performance from Ben Kingsley.  The disclaimer behind Backstabbing for Beginners is that it is inspired by Michael Soussan's experience as a U.N. official … Continue reading ‘Backstabbing For Beginners’ Review: Et Tu Ben Kingsley?

CinemAddicts Episode 80: ‘Red Sparrow’ ‘Annihilation’ ‘Josie’ ‘I Kill Giants’

Great news with episode 80 on CinemAddicts, as Anderson Cowan is taking his movie Groupers on the road starting with a July 14 in Chicago! That bit of news is mentioned at the beginning of the show, Details on the rest of the program is below!! (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; … Continue reading CinemAddicts Episode 80: ‘Red Sparrow’ ‘Annihilation’ ‘Josie’ ‘I Kill Giants’

‘Annihilation’ Review: Sci-Fi Story Gets Lost In The Shimmer

Venturing into the great unknown can be fear inducing and seductive, and with Annihilation we are given an entirely new universe called the Shimmer. With Natalie Portman at the ready and Ex Machina writer/director Alex Garland commandeering, what could possibly go wrong? While possessing a few quality moments, Annihilation isn’t as fantastic as it makes … Continue reading ‘Annihilation’ Review: Sci-Fi Story Gets Lost In The Shimmer