Viewed and Reviewed: Joy (2015)

Joy (2015) dir. David O Russell written by: David O Russell, Annie Mumolo starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Bradley Cooper, Isabella Rossellini, Edgar Rameriz, Dascha Polanco, Virginia Madsen, Diane Ladd      3 out of 4 stars Jennifer Lawrence is David O Russell’s favorite actress. Nabbing her… Continue Reading

Viewed and Reviewed: Trumbo (2015)

Trumbo (2015) dir. Jay Roach written by: John McNamara starring: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Louis CK, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Michael Stuhlbarg, Elle Fanning   2  out of 4 stars Bryan Cranston is a huge name.  Before he cooked all the meth and won… Continue Reading

Viewed and Reviewed: The Revenant (2015)

The Revenant (2015) dir. Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu written by: Mark Smith, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domnhall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck 3.5  out of 4 stars Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu has impressed me with everything he’s done.  I saw Babel… Continue Reading

Viewed and Reviewed: While We’re Young (2015)

While We’re Young (2015) dir. Noah Baumbach written by: Noah Baumbach starring: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried 2.5  out of 4 stars After missing Noah Baumbach’s dual releases this year, watching Mistress America and While We’re Young back-to-Baumbach, in reverse order… Continue Reading

Viewed and Reviewed: Mistress America (2015)

Mistress America (2015) dir. Noah Baumbach written by: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig starring: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Matthew Shear, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Michael Chernus, Heather Lind, Cindy Cheung 2.75  out of 4 stars Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach have a chemistry all their own.  Reteaming after the… Continue Reading

Viewed and Reviewed: Phoenix (2015)

Phoenix (2015) dir. Christian Petzold written by: Christian Petzold, Harun Farocki starring: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf 3.75  out of 4 stars Last year, Poland’s Academy Award winning Ida captivated audiences retracing the life of a young woman displaced due to the Holocaust.  The… Continue Reading

Viewed and Reviewed: The Big Short (2015)

The Big Short (2015) dir. Adam McKay written by: Charles Randolph, Adam McKay starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Finn Wittrock 2.5  out of 4 stars I had terribly little interest in this movie during the tiny build up period.  That… Continue Reading

Viewed and Reviewed: Bridge of Spies (2015)

Bridge of Spies (2015) dir. Steven Spielberg written by: Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan 3.5 out of 4 stars Movies during the Cold War era do not commonly interest me.  The Man from U.N.C.L.E. certainly… Continue Reading