Brendan Gleeson gives a heartbreaking and inspired performance as a priest who is targeted by one of his parishioners in Calvary. Though I’m pegging Gleeson and director John Michael McDonagh for Academy Award nods (McDonagh should be a Best Screenplay Oscar contender), the film is also strengthened by its sterling ensemble.
In casting Kelly Reilly as [...]
Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell) is blessed with a fertile (if not dark) imagination, and the new Blu-ray release Appleseed: Alpha (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 93 minutes) delves into the origins of his Appleseed universe.
Deunan (Luci Christian) and her bad ass cyborg sidekick Briareos (David Matranga) are barely subsisting in a post apocalyptic New [...]
Airing Sunday nights and now in its second season on Showtime, RAY DONOVAN stars LIEV SCHREIBER as the titular professional Hollywood ‘fixer’ whose unorthodox methods of handling tricky situations more often than not turn a blind eye to the law. Created by ANN BIDERMAN (SOUTHLAND), the supporting cast features JON VOIGHT (currently Emmy-nominated for the [...]
If you’ve checked out the trailer to Land Ho! or even read a few of its reviews, the premise of two amiable elderly men (Paul Eenhoorn, Earl Lynn Nelson) journeying to Iceland seems like pleasure enough jaunt. And in fact, thanks to the fine acting work of the lead players and the surefooted direction of [...]
The evocative Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself has received its share of critical accolades, including earning the Critics Choice seal this weekend by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The honor is bestowed upon films that have received high ratings from the BFCA members (for a history of past Critics Choice seal earners, go to [...]
Now out on Blu-ray and DVD, the horror thriller Afflicted (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 86 minutes, R) marks the promising directing debut of filmmakers Derek Lee and Clif Prowse. Shot for an estimated $2-300,000 the flick centers on two buddies (Lee and Prowse playing a pseudo version of themselves) who decide to travel the world [...]
Deliver Us From Evil starts off with three U.S. Marines encountering a terrifying presence at an Iraqi desert palm grove before cutting to present day life in New York. To be specific, it’s the Bronx, and Sergeant Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) is a dedicated officer who’s deeply affected by the shattered lives he encounters on [...]
Out on Blu-ray Combo pack and digital on July 1, The Lunchbox centers on a lonely accountant (Irrfan Khan) who exchanges notes to a frustrated housewife (Nimrat Kaur) amidst the hectic city life of Mumbai. Their correspondence begins over an error in the usually efficient lunchbox delivery system (the woman’s daily lunch was initially [...]
Land Ho! centers on Colin (Paul Eenhoorn) and Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson), former brothers-in-law who take a spontaneous trip to Iceland. While Mitch is a rambunctious, get up and go type of guy, Colin is decidedly way more laid back. Their disparate personalities may lead to a few verbal dust-ups here and there, but [...]
Headed to VOD on June 27 and set for a July 25 theatrical release, Beneath is an unnerving and claustrophobic thriller directed by Ben Ketai. The story, although inspired by actual events, takes reality to different heights as a group of miners (including Jeff Fahey, Brent Briscoe, Joey Kern) are stuck in close quarters [...]