Finding your way in this world is tricky business, and in Burn Country we witness that journey in the form of Osman (Dominic Rains), a translator/fixer from Afghanistan. Osman has moved to Northern California to escape the violence of his environment, and his journalist colleague Gabe’s (James Oliver Wheatley) has offered him a place [...]
In many ways, Loving lives up to its name, a look at a marriage and the strength it takes for bonds to last against all the odds. But this is no ordinary marriage — it’s the love between Richard Loving, a white mechanic, carpenter and car enthusiast and his black girlfriend Mildred, the daughter of [...]
On this week’s episode of CinemAddicts, we review La La Land, the Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) directed musical which is a shoo-in for a Best Picture Oscar nomination.
The Los Angeles set story, which is inspired by the Jacques Demy films The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort, centers on the relationship between [...]
The irreverent Bad Santa broke all the politically correct rules and became a hit in an increasingly PC environment, introducing Billy Bob Thornton as Willie Soke, the ultimate unwilling hero. The alcoholic, abrasive safecracker found his heart in his relationship with bullied young boy, and while all of the expletive-laden banter may have elicited laughs, [...]
When you’re in the spy game, how well do you ever really know anyone? That’s a question that’s at the center of the new war drama Allied, as a relationship born on the job is put to the test.
The film starts with Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) parachuting into the French Moroccan desert where he’s picked [...]
Narrated by Keanu Reeves, Mifune: The Last Samurai is a comprehensive 80-minute look at Toshiro Mifune, the legendary actor who is best known for his awe inspiring work with director Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai, Red Beard). Director Steven Okazaki puts a refreshingly human face on the iconic artist, [...]
Lily Collins is a star in the making, and her captivating performance is the biggest reason to watch Rules Don’t Apply. Seeing Warren Beatty back on the silver screen is also a wonderful treat, as his last appearance came with the 2001 misfire Town & Country.
Beatty stars, writes, and directs Rules [...]
Jessica Chastain delivers a powerhouse and awards worthy performance in Miss Sloane as a talented Washington D.C. lobbyist, but unfortunately a movie shouldn’t be solely judged on an actor’s work. Taking a few pages from Aaron Sorkin’s machine gun delivery dialogue, writer Jonathan Perera crafts an ambitious, twisty political thriller that fails to land the [...]
Think back to the ’80s when there were such films as The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink that related the experience of being a teen in relatable and in some cases very on-the-nose ways. But in modern day, it feels as if the teen experience is one that has been largely overlooked, [...]
After the successful Harry Potter series, author J.K. Rowling is going back to the well and starting anew with a prequel introducing new characters, but keeping the same magical fascination that thrived in her other books and films. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them centers on the arrival of acclaimed writer and magi-zoologist Newt [...]