Category Archives: Drama

Misery (R)

slide

In “Misery,” a famous novelist’s car crashes in the remote winter mountainside, and he is nursed back to health by an unstable woman who bills herself as his “Number 1 fan.” Of course the book this film is based on is of the same name and written by Stephen King. We see that King, as […]

Continue reading

Wall Street (R)

slide

“Wall Street,” released in 1987, is a wide reaching picture. It’s about ‘80s Wall Street, it’s about the ins and outs of being a successful stockbroker, it’s about greed. Its themes run deep, its acting is excellent, and its direction without error. The film takes place in New York City – in so many ways […]

Continue reading

Maid in Manhattan (PG-13)

slide

“Maid in Manhattan” is a formula picture to the fullest. Little happens during its run-time you don’t expect or don’t see coming a mile away. But it’s sweet in its presentation, has likable leads, and gets under your skin by the end. However, despite its formulaic approach, the film’s biggest affront is not a lack […]

Continue reading

IT (R)

slide

Stephen King’s 1986 novel ‘IT‘ is widely considered one of  the scariest books ever written, both for its grisly premise of an ambiguous evil entity that resides in the sewers of a small Maine town and feasts on the local children, and for being the genesis of Coulrophobia – the fear of clowns –  courtesy […]

Continue reading

Con (NR)

slide

Addiction as a disease has been tackled by many movies. Sometimes it’s done with humor, as with 1981’s “Arthur.”’ And other times it’s done grimly, seen in the heartbreaking suicide memoir “Leaving Las Vegas.” Whether by poking fun or mourning, it’s a topic usually centered on those deep in the throes of addiction. What’s unique […]

Continue reading

The Pursuit of Happyness (PG-13)

slide

Rising against all odds movies are typically reserved for sports films. “Cinderella Man,” “Rocky.” We understand their struggle, and something about the high risk/reward payoff at these films’ conclusions make the struggle all the more real. But sometimes it takes a film about not an athlete, but an ordinary man trying to survive to have […]

Continue reading

Southpaw (R)

slide

In “Southpaw,” Jake Gyllenhaal plays a down-on-his-luck boxer; and while that formula may seem overused, in this film, given the circumstances, it somehow seems fresh. The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua, director of movies like “Shooter” and “Training Day” and has a gritty, desperate feel compared to boxing films like “Ali” and “Cinderella Man.” […]

Continue reading

You Can’t Hear Me (NR)

slide

“You Can’t Hear Me” is a spoken word film directed by Chris Folkens, and written by and starring Malcom-Jamal Warner (“The Cosby Show”), Chris Wood, and David Bianchi. The film, powerfully spoken and wonderfully scored, is both a call to arms to look around us in an America that is in a variety of ways […]

Continue reading