Now out on DVD, One More Time centers on Paul Lombard (Christopher Walken), a Frank Sinatra/Tony Bennett-esque crooner whose charisma and seemingly easygoing nature masks a self-absorption that has done subtle damage to his family. Amber Heard, as Paul’s talented and self-sabotaging musician-daughter Jude, is excellent in the feature, which was penned and directed by [...]
Seoul Searching is an unabashedly spirited homage to the John Hughes teenage comedies from the 1980s (most notably The Breakfast Club), and though the movie traverses widely tread terrain, writer-director Benson Lee and an engaging ensemble are up for the challenge.
It’s 1986, and a lively group of Korean teenagers from all over [...]
On this week’s episode of CinemAddicts, we review Tickled, a first rate, twist-filled, and heartbreaking documentary that’s one of this year’s best films. The project centers on New Zealand reporter David Farrier’s investigation into “Competitive Endurance Tickling.” What starts off as a seemingly innocuous feature piece turns into an entirely different beast, as Farrier’s request [...]
Elle Fanning delivers a standout and emotionally naked performance in The Neon Demon, director Nicolas Winding Refn’s stylized and uncompromising look at the price and vagaries of beauty.
Jesse (Fanning) is a 16-year-old with modeling ambitions and her arrival to Los Angeles leads to an extended stay at a rundown Pasadena motel (Keanu Reeves is the [...]
Central Intelligence pairs Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in a buddy comedy about former high school classmates who embark on a thrilling yet very dangerous adventure. Bob (Johnson) was an overweight geek during his teenage years while Calvin (Hart) was with the popular crowd, but now Bob is a CIA agent and Calvin, now an [...]
In a year that has yielded poorly performing sequels, The Conjuring 2 bucked the trend with a strong $40.35 million showing. That film took first place, and although fellow newcomer Warcraft was #2 at the box office, its $24.35 million take in the U.S. was disappointing. Warcraft, however, is doing brisk business overseas with a [...]
Stanley Cup winner, NHL star, and bestselling author Theo Fleury is open to new challenges, and the documentary Victor Walk chronicles his 10-day journey from Toronto to Ottawa. Directed by Michael David Lynch, the picture spotlights the stories of survivors of child sex abuse, and their tales of tragedy and ultimate survival serve as the [...]
Released this week on DVD, The Spoils Before Dying is a six-episode miniseries which is a follow-up to Eric Jonrosh’s (Will Ferrell) bestselling novel The Spoils of Babylon. Of course, Jonrosh is a complete concoction and Ferrell infuses the pretentious and hedonistic scribe with Orson Welles-ish flourishes.
Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) is [...]
It’s a jam packed episode this week on CinemAddicts, as the features King Jack, Warcraft, the documentary De Palma, and Diary of a Chambermaid are reviewed on the podcast.
Director/writer Felix Thompson’s self-assured tale King Jack centers on Jack (Charlie Plummer), a withdrawn 15-year-old who’s living in the Hudson Valley section of New York. With [...]
Now out on Blu-ray and DVD, the Lionsgate release Touched With Fire centers on Carla and Marco (Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby), bipolar patients who become immediately bonded during their stay at a treatment facility. Both artists have a gift for words and a passionate view of life, and their own creativity is heightened by [...]