Category: 2016

UNDER THE SHADOW [2016]

Directed by Babak Anvari Written by Babak Anvari Starring: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi A revolution often causes more problems that it resolves, and considering the eight year war that took place after the 1979 Iranian revolution, not to mention the reasons behind…

ONE MORE TIME WITH FEELING [2016]

Directed by Andrew Dominik Starring: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Awkwardly paced at times but brilliantly shot in black and white (using a 3D black and white camera, with no glasses needed), this is an extremely personal look into…

THE FOUNDER [2016]

Directed by John Lee Hancock Written by Robert D. Siegel Starring: Nick Offerman, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson, Michael Keaton, Laura Dern, John Carroll Lynch, B.J. Novak This was a film that I initially dismissed as a celebration of one man creating perhaps the most disgusting…

BAD SANTA 2 [2016]

Directed by Mark Waters Written by Johnny Rosenthal, Shauna Cross, Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Christina Hendricks I’ll admit, this is a sequel I was looking forward to when I first heard about it. I love Billy Bob, and I loved…

HELL OR HIGH WATER [2016]

Directed by David Mackenzie Written by Taylor Sheridan (screenplay) Starring: Dale Dickey, Ben Foster, Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham Shout out to Tom over at digitalshortbread for putting this on my radar months ago. It finally hit our cinemas last month, and after…

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS [2016]

Directed by Tom Ford Written by Tom Ford (screenplay), Austin Wright (novel “Tony and Susan”) Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon Given his background, director Tom Ford’s second film is surprising in that it is not a case of style over substance –…

ARRIVAL [2016]

Directed by Denis Villeneuve Written by Eric Heisserer (screenplauy), Ted Chiang (based on the story “Story of Your Life”) Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker Denis Villeneuve continues to show his skill and virtuosity with another film far removed from his last, and…

HACKSAW RIDGE [2016]

Directed by Mel Gibson Written by Andrew Knight (screenplay), Robert Schenkkan (screenplay) Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey The movie sets the tone by beginning with a fiery scene, in which we see destruction and mayhem on the battlefield. Our main character Desmond…

HALLOWEEN IS HERE!: LIGHTS OUT [2016]

Directed by David F. Sandberg Written by Eric Heisserer (screenplay), David F. Sandberg (short film) Starring: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello, Alexander DiPersia, Billy Burke, Alicia Vela-Bailey I am mad at myself for skipping this one at the cinemas. I had read about…

HALLOWEEN IS HERE!: DON’T BREATHE [2016]

Directed by Fede Alvarez Written by Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues Starring: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Emma Bercovici Following the first scene, which is a risky move as it shows us a situation from near the end of the film at…

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