Before paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren and ridded demonic spirits from a Rhode Island farmhouse in 1971, there was Annabelle. In The Conjuring we learned that the Warrens took Annabelle, a vintage doll possessed with a demonic spirit, and put her in a glass case in their room full of paranormal artifacts in their home. How Annabelle was possessed was never explained, it was only hinted that the doll would move on her own and unexplainable things happened when she was in her former owner’s home.
In a prequel to 2013’s The Conjuring, the story begins in 1968 when we …
Director Antoine Fuqua (2013’s Olympus Has Fallen) reunites with Denzel Washington 13 years after Training Day, the film that gained Washington his second Academy Award. What we have in their second film together is a stylish action thriller with some brutal action sequences and performances.
Based on a 1980s TV show of the same name, The Equalizer focuses on Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), an ex-black ops commando who is currently living a simple, quiet and retired life, working at a home improvement store on the side. When McCall meets young call girl Elina (Chloe Grace Moretz) at a late-night diner, the …
There has yet to be a Miles Teller role I have not liked. From 2010’s Rabbit Hole to this year’s Divergent, Teller has impressed in several movies. Analeigh Tipton is an actress we’ve seen in supporting roles, but has yet to tackle a leading role in a film. But seeing her work in 2011’s Crazy Stupid Love, it makes sense her first lead would be in a romantic comedy. In a directorial debut from Max Nichols, Two Night Stand tells a story about love life in the digital age.
Two New York twenty-somethings meet in an online dating chat and decide …
Written and directed by Claudia Myers, who spent five years making documentaries and training videos for the United States military, Fort Bliss follows one female soldier’s journey of coming back home after a 15 month deployment. Sergeant Maggie Swann (Michelle Monaghan) is an Army medic and single mother who returns to her home in Fort Bliss, Texas after serving in Afghanistan. Maggie’s homecoming takes an unexpected turn when her five-year-old son Paul barely recognizes her. Paul is comfortable at home living with his father (Ron Livingston) and his father’s fiancée (Emmanuelle Chriqui), so Maggie’s presence startles him and the two …
- Rated: R
- Comedy, Drama
- Release Date: 9/19/2014
- Directed by: Shawn Levy
- Starring: Adam Driver, Connie Britton, Corey Stoll, Dax Shepard, Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant, Tina Fey
This Is Where I Leave You is so over the top and out of this world wild with almost no redeemable characters to ground the story. What could have been a realistic storytelling of a dysfunctional family turns into a game of “How much more can we shock the audience?” Having not read Jonathan Tropper’s novel myself, I can’t be certain how similar the movie is to the book, but I can guess it’s on par with the novel since Tropper adapted the screenplay himself. Tropper’s screenplay is so formulaic with several underdeveloped plot lines that perhaps only a fan …
As a film critic, there is nothing that I love more than to read a novel in anticipation for the movie adaptation. The Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent and even the Twilight franchises were just as good if sometimes only better than the actual novel the film was based on.
I always like to try and read the novel before I see the film when I can and I recently read James Dashner’s “The Maze Runner” this summer in anticipation for the movie. The trailers looked intriguing, I enjoy Dylan O’Brien and as a fan of the “Divergent” and “The Hunger …
The Drop compiles exceptional talent with Tom Hardy (2014’s Locke), Noomi Rapace (2013’s Dead Man Down), James Gandolfini (2013’s Enough Said) and Ann Dowd (2014’s Gimme Shelter) all on board, making it one of the best casts of the year. As James Gandolfini’s final movie, the late actor gets to explore a layered and unpredictable character that fans will enjoy watching unfold throughout the film.
Based on the novel titled “Animal Rescue,” written by Dennis Lehane, who also adapted the screenplay and wrote the novels “Mystic River,” “Gone Baby Gone” and “Shutter Island,” The Drop takes place in Brooklyn, NY and …