#ThrowbackThursday – Larry Crowne

Original US release date: July 1, 2011 Production budget: $30,000,000 Worldwide gross: $72,008,245 Back in 2011, Tom Hanks released Larry Crowne, a film that he directed and co-wrote, along with Nia Vardalos.  The marketing mostly centered around the fact that the film co-starred Hanks and Julia Roberts.  It wasn't their first film together, but it was... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Risky Business

Original US release date: August 5, 1983 Production budget: $6,200,000 Worldwide gross: $63,541,777 Risky Business was not Tom Cruise's first film, but it was unquestionably the film that launched his career, putting him in a major spotlight in the summer of 1983.  Written and directed by Paul Brickman, the film was a massive hit and Cruise's famous... Continue Reading →

Review – The Hitman’s Bodyguard

From director Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) comes the new action-comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard.  Starring Samuel L. Jackson and a recently-revitalized Ryan Reynolds, The Hitman's Bodyguard follows the exploits of bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) as he must ensure that renowned hitman Darius Kincaid (Jackson) makes it to the International Court of Justice in order to... Continue Reading →

Review – Annabelle: Creation

You likely know by this point that I consider the Conjuring films to be two of the three greatest horror films ever made, along with The Ring (my thoughts on those three films can be found here, here, and here).  The original Annabelle movie doesn't have a great reputation, but it wasn't all that bad. ... Continue Reading →

Review – Wind River (2017)

In a little over two weeks, I'll get to meet Elizabeth Olsen.  This is a big deal to me because she's been among my favorite actors for a number of years, now - not that she's been around for all that long.  She caught my attention by single-handedly elevating the remake of Silent House from an... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Almost Famous

Original US release date: September 15, 2000 Production budget: $60,000,000 Worldwide gross: $47,383,689 Directed by Cameron Crowe and released to much critical praise (including winning the Golden Globe for Best Picture - Comedy or Musical), Almost Famous is another example in a very long, sad line of examples in which a great movie of the precise... Continue Reading →

Review – Kidnap

There is a lot to like about Kidnap, the new Halle Berry vehicle, but perhaps my favorite aspect of the film is how director Luis Prieto keeps it simple.  Kidnap is a lean, focused, blindingly-paced adrenaline burst that gives even the most phone-addicted millennial no time to worry about whether or not Johnny Instafaced them... Continue Reading →

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