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‘The Old Guard’ (2020): A Talky Melodrama with Guns

Directed by: Gina Prince-Bythewood || Produced by: David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Charlize Theron, AJ Dix, Beth Kono, Marc Evans Screenplay by: Greg Rucka || Starring: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Harry Melling, Van Veronica Ngo, Matthias Schoenaerts, Chiwetel Ejiofor Music by: Volker Bertelmann, Dustin O’Halloran || Cinematography: Tami Reiker, Barry … Continue reading

‘Polar’ (2019): A Lowbrow “John Wick”

Directed by: Jonas Akerlund || Produced by: Robert Kulzer, Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, Jeremy Bolt, Hartley Gorenstein Screenplay by: Jayson Rothwell || Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick, Matt Lucas Music by: Deadmau5 || Cinematography: Pär M. Ekberg || Edited by: Doobie White || Country: United States || Language: English Running Time: 119 minutes … Continue reading

‘Extraction’ (2020): Netflix Takes Advantage of Hollywood’s Hiatus

Directed by: Sam Hargrave || Produced by: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Mike Larocca, Chris Hemsworth, Eric Gitter, Peter Schwern Screenplay by: Joe Russo || Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Randeep Hooda, Golshifteh Farahani, Pankaj Tripathi, David Harbour Music by: Henry Jackman, Alex Belcher || Cinematography: Newton Thomas Sigel || Edited by: Peter B. Ellis, Ruthie … Continue reading

‘Marriage Story’ & ‘Little Women’ (2019): A Romantic Double-Review

Directed by: Noah Baumbach [1], Greta Gerwig [2] || Produced by: David Heyman, Noah Baumbach [1], Amy Pascal, Denise Di Novi, Robin Swicord [2] Screenplay: by Noah Baumbach [1], Greta Gerwig [2] || Starring: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern1-2, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, Julie Hagerty, Merritt Wever [1], Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, … Continue reading

‘Dolemite is My Name’ (2019): Biopics Don’t Have to Suck

Directed by: Craig Brewer || Produced by: Eddie Murphy, John Davis, John Fox Screenplay by: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski || Starring: Eddie Murphy, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Wesley Snipes Music by: Scott Bomar || Cinematography: Eric Steelberg || Edited by: Billy Fox || Country: United States || Language: … Continue reading

‘The Irishman’ or ‘I Heard You Paint Houses’ (2019): The Scorsese Gangster Picture Returns

Directed by: Martin Scorsese || Produced by: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Irwin Winkler, Gerald Chamales, Gaston Palvovich, Randall Emmett, Gabriele Israilovici Screenplay by: Steven Zaillian || Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Stephen Graham, Harvey Keitel, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Kathrine Narducci, Welker … Continue reading

‘Outlaw King’ (2018) & ‘The King’ (2019): Double Review

Directed by: David Mackenzie [1], David Michod [2] || Produced by: David Mackenzie, Gillian Berrie [1], Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Liz Watts, David Michod, Joel Edgerton [2] Screenplay by: Bash Doran, David Mackenzie, James MacInnes [1], David Michod, Joel Edgerton [2] || Starring: Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, Billy Howle, Sam Spruell, … Continue reading

‘Okja’ (2017) & ‘Parasite’ (2019): Double Review

Directed by: Bong Joon-ho || Produced by: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Lewis Taewan Kim, Dooho Choi, Seo Woo-Sik, Ted Sarandos [1], Bong Joon-ho [1–2], Kwak Sin-ae, Moon Yang-kwon, Jang Young-hwan [2] Screenplay by: Bong Joon-ho1-2, Jon Ronson1, Han Jin-won2 || Starring: Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Ahn Seo-hyun, Byun Hee-bong, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito, … Continue reading

A Craig Zahler Sampling: ‘Bone Tomahawk’ (2015), ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’ (2017), & ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ (2018)

Directed by: S. Craig Zahler || Produced by: Jack Heller1-3, Dallas Sonnier1-3, Sefton Fincham3, Tyler Jackson3, Keith Kjarval3 Screenplay by: S. Craig Zahler || Starring: Kurt Russell1, Patrick Wilson1, Matthew Fox1, Lili Simmons1, Richard Jenkins1, Vince Vaughn2-3, Jennifer Carpenter2-3, Don Johnson2-3, Udo Kier2-3, Mel Gibson3, Tory Kittles3, Michael Jai White3, Laurie Holden3, Thomas Kretschmann3 Music … Continue reading

‘High Flying Bird’ (2019): An Interesting Concept Ruined by Tacky Cinematography

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh || Produced by: Joseph Malloch Screenplay by: Tarell Alvin McCraney || Starring: Andre Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan, Bill Duke Music by: David Wilder Savage || Cinematography: Steven Soderbergh || Edited by: Steven Soderbergh || Country: United States || Language: English Running Time: 91 minutes … Continue reading