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 …
Gayle Forman’s popular Young Adult novel “If I Stay” is a captivating story about the beauty of life, death and love, and focuses on 16-year-old Mia who experiences it all after a tragic accident happens to her family. There is not a better and more poised young actress than Chloe Grace Moretz (2013’s Carrie and Kick-Ass 2) to take on the role of Mia. Moretz is mature and talented well beyond her years and I can only imagine how thrilled Forman was when she accepted the part of the character she created.
When anyone does a novel to film adaptation, there’s …
- Rated: R
- Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Release Date: 8/22/2014
- Directed by: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
- Starring: Bruce Willis, Christopher Lloyd, Christopher Meloni, Dennis Haysbert, Eva Green, Jaime King, Jamie Chung, Jeremy Piven, Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, June Temple, Lady Gaga, Mickey Rourke, Powers Boothe, Ray Liotta, Rosario Dawson
Besides an incredible cast coming together for a Robert Rodriguez movie, the best qualities of the Sin City films are the striking visuals and the film noir background that completely make over the film. The Sin City films perfectly encapsulate the feel of the graphic novel and blend it into the beauty of green screen filmmaking.
Rodriguez (2013’s Machete Kills) has already proven he knows how to tell this type of story with 2005’s Sin City, a movie that broke the mold in visual effects and made its mark in cinema as one of the most groundbreaking visual films ever made. …