Saturday, December 31, 2016

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE (2016)



Directed By: Sam Liu 
Writen By: Brian Azzarello 
Based On The Graphic Novel Written By: Alan Moore 
Based on the Graphic Novel Illustrated by: Brian Bolland 
Based On Batman Created By: Bob Kane & Bill Finger 

Voices: Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, Tara Stong, Ray Wise, John DiMaggio, Bruce Timm, Maury Sterling, Brian George 

 As Batman hunts for the escaped Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime attacks the Gordon family to prove a diabolical point mirroring his own fall into madness.

I AM WRATH (2016)



Directed By: Chuck Russell 
Written By: Paul Sloan 
Story By: Yvan Gauthier 
Cinematography By: Andrzej Sekula 

Cast:John Travolta, Christopher Meloni, Rebecca DeMornay, Sam Trammel, Amanda Schull, Asante Jones, Paul Sloan, Patrick St. Esprit, Jordan Whelan 


A man is out for justice after a group of corrupt police officers are unable to catch his wife's killer.

BEST NIGHT EVER (2013)



Written & Directed By: Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer 
Cinematography By: Shawn Maurer 
Editor: Peck Prior 


Cast: Desiree Hall, Eddie Ritchard, Samantha Colburn, Crista Flanagan, Andy Favreau, Nick Steele, Amin Joseph 


Claire is about to get married, but her bachelorette party quickly spirals out of control.

DOG EAT DOG (2016)



Directed By: Paul Schrader 
Written By: Matthew Wilder 
Based on the Book By: Edward Bunker 
Cinematography By: Alexander Dynan 
Editor: Ben Rodriguez Jr. 

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Matthew Cook, Omar J. Dorsey, Louisa Krause 


Carved from a lifetime of experience that runs the gamut from incarceration to liberation, Dog Eat Dog is the story of three men who are all out of prison and now have the task of adapting themselves to civilian life. The California three strikes law looms over them, but what the hell, they're going to do it, and they're going to do it their way. Troy, an aloof mastermind, seeks an uncomplicated, clean life but cannot get away from his hatred for the system. Diesel is on the mob's payroll and his interest in his suburban home and his nagging wife is waning. The loose cannon of the trio, Mad Dog, is possessed by true demons within, which lead him from one situation to the next. One more hit, one more jackpot, and they'll all be satisfied. Troy constructs the perfect crime and they pull it off, but in the aftermath, they keep finding the law surrounding them wherever they go.


MAMMOTH (2009)



Written & Directed By: Lukas Moodysson 
Cinematography By: Marcel Zyskind 
Editor: Michal Leszczylowski 


Cast: Michelle Williams, Gael Garcia Bernal, Marife Necisto, Tom McCarthy 

While on a trip to Thailand, a successful American businessman tries to radically change his life. Back in New York, his wife and daughter find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid changing around them. At the same time, in the Philippines, the maid's family struggles to deal with her absence.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

PET (2016)




Directed By: Carles Torrens 
Written By: Jeremy Slater 
Cinematography By: Timothy A. Burton 
Editor: Elena Ruiz 

 Cast: Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo, Jennette McCurdy, Da’Vone McDonald, Nathan Parsons, John Ross Bowie 


A psychological thriller about a man who bumps into an old crush and subsequently becomes obsessed with her, leading him to hold her captive underneath the animal shelter where he works. But what will the victim have in store for her captor?


Saturday, December 24, 2016

MICROBE & GASOLINE (2016)



Written & Directed By: Michel Gondry 
Cinematography By: Laurent Brunet 
Editor: Elise Fievet 

Cast: Ange Dargent, Theophile Baquet, Audrey Tatou, Diane Besnier, Ely Penh 


Two young friends embark on a road trip across France in a vehicle they built themselves.

NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989)




Directed By: Jeremiah Chechik 
Written By: John Hughes 
Cinematography By: Thomas Ackerman 
Editor: Jerry Greenberg & Michael Stevenson 
Music By: Angelo Badalamenti 


Cast: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, John Randolph, Diane Ladd, E.G. Marshall, Randy Quaid, Doris Roberts, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Johnny Gaelecki, Juliette Lewis, Sam McMurray, Brian Doyle-Murray, William Hickey, Nicolette Scorsese 


*Please note that some trivia and facts have been republished from imdb among other sources In this review

MENTAL (2012)



Written & Directed By: P.J. Hogan 
Cinematography By: Donald McAlpine 
Editor: Jill Bilcock 


Cast: Toni Collette, Anthony LaPaglia, Liev Schreiber, Caroline Goodall, Kerry Fox, Natasha Bassett, Hayley Magnus, Nicole Freeman, Chelsea Bennett, Lily Sullivan, Bethany Whitmore, Sam Clark 


The Moochmore girls are certain they all suffer from some kind of undiagnosed mental illness - because if they're not crazy then they're just unpopular. Their mother Shirley - unable to cope with her demanding daughters and unsupported by her philandering politician husband, Barry - suffers a nervous breakdown. After Barry commits his wife to a mental hospital (telling his constituents that "she's on holiday") he finds himself alone with 5 teenage girls he barely knows. Desperate, he impulsively picks up a hitchhiker named Shaz and installs her in his home as nanny to his daughters.

THE SANDLOT 2 (2005)



Written & Directed By: David Mickey Evans 
Based On Characters Created By: David Mickey Evans & Robert Gunter 
Cinematography By: David Pelletier 
Editor: Harry Keramidas 

Cast: Max Lloyd-Jones, Samantha Burton, James Wilson, Brett Kelly, Sean Berdy, Greg Germann, Reece Thomspson, James Earl Jones 


In the 12-years-since comedic sequel to 1993's The Sandlot, a new group of kids have moved into the sandlot: David Durango , Mac McKing, his deaf brother Sammy "Fingers" , Tarquell , Scotty's younger brother Johnnie Smalls, and a surprise for The Sandlot 2, a girl in the group Hayley Goodfarier. When Johnnie mistakenly sends a model rocket over the junk fence in The Great Fear's yard, the gang must retrieve it. Even with the help of The Retriever, a kid who steals dog tags and finds The Great Fear's a challenge. Yes, complete with another psychotic name-calling scene with Mac and little league captain Singleton.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

BAD MOMS (2016)



Written & Directed By: Jon Lucas & Scott Moore 
Cinematography By: Jim Denault 
Editor: Emma E. Hickox & James Thomas 


Cast: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Annie Mumolo, Jay Hernandez, Clark Duke, Wendell Pierce, Oona Laurence, Emjay Anthony, David Walton, Wanda Sykes

THE NEIGHBOR (2016)




Directed By: Marcus Dunstan 
Written By: Marcus Dunstan & Patrick Melton 
Cinematography By: Eric Leach 
Editor: Andrew Wesman 


Cast: Bill Engvall, Josh Stewart, Alex Essoe, Luke Edwards, Skip Sudduth, Jaqueline Fleming

Friday, December 16, 2016

THE EYES OF MY MOTHER (2016)



Written & Directed By: Nicolas Pesce 
Cinematography By: Zach Kuperstein 
Editor: Connor Sullivan & Nicolas Pesce Cast: Kiki Magalhaes, Clara Wong, Will Brill, Flora Diaz 


In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor shatters the idyll of Francisca's family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening unique curiosities. Though she clings to her increasingly reticent father, Francisca's loneliness and scarred nature converge years later when her longing to connect with the world around her takes on a dark form.

THE HARD WAY (1991)



Directed By: John Badham 
Written By: Lem Dobbs & Daniel Pyne 
Story By: Lem Dobbs & Michael Kozoll 
Cinematography By: Don McAlpine & Robert Primes 
Editor: Tony Lombardo & Frank Morriss 


Cast: Michael J. Fox, James Woods, Stephen Lang, Annabella Sciorra, LL Cool J, Delroy Lindo, Luis Guzman, Penny Marshall, Mary Mara, Christina Ricci, Lewis Black, Kathy Najimy, Yasin Bey, Michael Badalucco 


Nick Lang is a famous Hollywood actor, well known for his action movies. For his next movie, he needs the proper motivation and inspiration for his role. Thus he teams up with the reluctant New York policeman Lt. John Moss. Not only does he have to put up with Nick, who is laborious and out of touch with realities, but he also has to catch a coldblooded murderer.

OFFICER DOWNE (2016)




Directed By: Shawn Crahan 
Written By: Joe Casey 
Cinematography By: Gerardo Madrazo 
Editor: Meg Ramsay 
Production Design: Jeremy Reed 
Art Direction: Anton Tremblay 

Cast: Kim Coates, Lauren Velez, Sam Witwer, Meadow Williams, Mark Neveldine, Reno Wilson, Tracy Vilar, Alison Lohman 


Based on the Man of Action/Image Comics original graphic novel created by Joe Casey and Chris Burnham, written by Joe Casey, about a police officer who can't be stopped by death so he returns to the streets time and time again to fight crime.

CARNAGE PARK (2016)



Written & Directed By: Mickey Keating 
Cinematography By: Mac Fisken
Editor: Valerie Krulfeifer 


Cast: Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, Alan Ruck, Larry Fessenden, James Landry Hebert

Thursday, December 15, 2016

DON'T BREATHE (2016)



Directed By: Fede Alvarez 
Written By: Fede Alavarez & Royo Sayagues 
Cinematography By: Pedro Luque 
Editor: Eric L. Beason, Louise Ford & Gardner Gould 
Art Direction: Adrian Asztalos & Erick Donaldson (Detroit) 


Cast: Jane Levy, Stephen Lang, Daniel Zovatto, Dylan Minnette 


Hoping to walk away with a massive fortune, a trio of thieves break into the house of a blind man who isn't as helpless as he seems.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

UNCLE NICK (2015)



Directed By: Chris Kasick 
Written By: Mike Demski 
Cinematography By: Michael Pescasio 
Editor: Kimberley Hassett 


Cast: Brian Posehn, Paget Brewster, Missi Pyle, Scott Adsit, Melia Renee, Beau Ballinger, Joe Nunez 


Lewd, drunken Uncle Nick stumbles his way through his brother's cookie-cutter family's annual Christmas gathering in the hopes of hooking up. Presented by Errol Morris, Uncle Nick is a comedy of inappropriate behavior, uncomfortably interrupted trysts, and a monumental over-serving of ten-cent beers.

YOUTH (2015)



Written & Directed By: Paolo Sorrentino 
Cinematography By: Luca Bigazzi 
Editor: Christiano Travaglioli 
Production Design: Ludovica Ferrario 


Cast: Harvey Keitel, Michael Caine, Paul Dano, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda, Madelina Diana Ghenea, Chloe Pirrie 


Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again.

THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY (2016)



Directed By: Louis Lettier 
Written By: Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston & Peter Baynham 
Story By: Sacha Baron Cohen & Phil Johsnston 
Cinematography By: Oliver Wood 
Editor: Jonathan Amos, Evan Henke, Debra Neil-Fisher & James Thomas 


Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Penelope Cruz, Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson, Tasmin Egerton, Scott Adkins, David Harewood, Annabelle Wallis, Gabourey Sidibe, Barkhad Abdi 

MI6's top assassin has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he's a football hooligan from the town of Grimsby. Nobby has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want - 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England. There's only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian. After they were adopted by different families as children, Nobby spent 28 years searching for him. Upon hearing of his location, Nobby sets off to reunite with his brother, unaware that not only is his brother an MI6 agent, but he's just uncovered a plot that puts the world in danger. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot.

STANDOFF (2016)



Written & Directed By: Adam Alleca 
Cinematography By: Zoran Popovich 
Editor: Susan Maggi 

Cast: Thomas Jane, Laurence Fishburne, Ella Balentine 


Carter, a troubled veteran, gets a chance at redemption by protecting a 12 year-old girl from an assassin after she witnesses a murder. Holding a shotgun with a single shell, he engages in physical and psychological warfare in a desperate fight for the girl's life.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN (2016)



Written & Directed By: Kelly Fremon Craig 
 Cinematography By: Doug Emmett 
Editor: Tracy Wadmore-Smith 


Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Kyra Sedgwick, Woody Harrelson, Hayden Szeto, Meredith Monroe 


Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine, who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian starts dating her best friend Krista. All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.

MR. CHURCH (2016)



Directed By: Bruce Beresford 
Written By: Susan McMartin 
Cinematography By: Sharone Meir 
Editor: David Beatty 


Cast: Eddie Murphy, Britt Robertson, Natasha McElhone. Xavier Samuel, Lucy Fry, Christian Madsen, Thom Barry 


"Mr. Church" tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook - Henry Joseph Church. What begins as a six month arrangement instead spans into fifteen years and creates a family bond that lasts forever.