First Man Review

Director: Damien Chazelle Writer: Josh Singer Starring: Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy ★★★★ Damien Chazelle is quickly becoming one of my top two or three directors working today, and quite possibly my favorite young director. “Whiplash” and “La La Land” are two of my favorite movies of this decade, the latter being quite possibly my … More First Man Review

A Star is Born Review

Director: Bradley Cooper Writers: Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, and Will Fetters Starring: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Dave Chappelle, and Sam Elliott ★★★★ Towards the end of “A Star is Born” Sam Elliott describes Jackson’s (the character played by Bradley Cooper) philosophy about music; “12 notes and the octave repeats.” He was saying how music is … More A Star is Born Review

‘Jackie’ Review

Directed by Pablo Larraín Written by Noah Oppenheim Starring: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, John Hurt and Caspar Phillipson ★★★ It is an iconic event in American history, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, dramatized and chronicled to the Nth degree, so why do it again? The answer, in short, is … More ‘Jackie’ Review

‘Anomalisa’ Review

Directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson Written by Charlie Kaufman Starring: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tom Noonan ★★★★1/2☆ “Anomalisa” is something of an anomaly in the world of animated features, it is an animated film made for adults. “Anomalisa” is not an adult animated film in the same way that “South Park: … More ‘Anomalisa’ Review

‘The Revenant’ Review

Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu Written by Alejandro G. Inarritu and Mark L. Smith Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, and Will Poulter ★★★★☆ Following up “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” which was the recipient of last year’s Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director, among others, Alejandro G. Inarritu brings … More ‘The Revenant’ Review