Inside Out
Before Inside Out hit theaters, there were some questions about whether or not the first film from Pixar since 2013’s Monsters University could connect with youngsters. Now, nearly six months after the film’s release, we know the answer. Not only did it connect with younger audiences, but it connected with all audiences, just like Pixar’s many other original ideas....
Claire Carré picked a really strange, challenging idea for her first feature as director. Embers is a bizarre science fiction movie that asks more questions than it cares to answer. With only one recognizable actor in the film, it would be hard to see this movie gaining wide interest. Embers, written by Carré and Charles Spano, is set in a...
Meg Ryan is already a Hollywood icon thanks to her years as the face of romantic comedies, but she decided to turn to another area of film production: directing. Her first project is Ithaca, a new film version of William Saroyan’s The Human Comedy and written by Emmy winner Erik Jendresen (Band of Brothers). The result is a rushed...
The Holocaust has been the subject of so many films that it is a genre unto itself. But most of these films are based on true stories. Son of Saul (Saul Fia), the debut feature film from Hungarian director László Nemes, proves that fictional stories set during the Holocaust can be just as powerful. In 1944, Saul Ausländer (Géza Röhrig)...
Truth is a gutsy movie and not in a good way. Writer/director James Vanderbilt amazingly asks us to sympathize with people who created their own downfalls, with his source material being the book by one of those people. It’s about one of the biggest blunders in journalism history and attempts to make 60 Minutes II producer Mary Mapes...
Amy Winehouse remains one of music’s most tragic figures. As a member of the morbid '27 club,' she was a star that burned hot and collapsed far too soon. We like to imagine that she just followed the trajectory of most pop stars – drowning themselves in drugs and alcohol carelessly. But Asif Kapadia’s controversial documentary Amy proves that...
Journalism is a tough job, but someone has to tell the stories of the voiceless. In Boston, there was a growing group of voiceless people starting to talk. When the Boston Globe finally decided to listen, the reporting helped tear down a system that allowed priests to abuse young children and their stories swept under a rug. The story behind...
In one of the final shots of Steve Jobs after another fight between the two Steves, Jobs (Michael Fassbender) and Wozniak (or Woz, played by Seth Rogen), it seemed like the final nail in the coffin for their contentious relationship. Woz steps back into the auditorium to watch Jobs’s return to Apple and his keynote speech launching the iMac....
After creating the most beautiful film in years with The Great Beauty and winning an Oscar for it, Italian director Paolo Sorrentino is back and sacrificed none of his creative skills to bring to life a story with two of Hollywood’s great elder statesman. Youth is a true masterwork that begs to be seen more than once and at...
Coming of age movies are so common that they have to do everything right in order to be memorable. While Marielle Heller’s directing and writing debut The Diary of a Teenage Girl isn’t a perfect film, the movie is still memorable, mixing humor and sadness effortlessly thanks to star Bel Powley. Powley stars as Minnie, a 15-year-old in 1976 San...