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Review Round-Up: “Can You Keep A Secret?,” “Depraved,” “Haunt,” “Liam Gallagher: As It Was,” And “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!”

The round-up returns once again! With so many independent releases hitting theaters here in early September, it’s almost impossible not to have to play catch-up like this. Today, we’ve got five new films to give a quick take on, including one in Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! that I[...]

Rich Performances Permeate Throughout “The Friend”

It’s hard to find the right tone when telling a terminal illness tale. Over at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Friend was one of the world premieres and offers up a different way of telling a cancer drama. In part, by not focusing as largely on the patient, this[...]

Bruce Springsteen Crafts “Western Stars” Into A Profound Musical Experience

When is a concert film not just a concert film? Why, when it’s co-directed by Bruce Springsteen, of course! Having just debuted this evening at the Toronto International Film Festival, I’m no longer under embargo and can report that Western Stars is a profound and wonderful musical experience that will[...]

“The Sound Of Silence” Finds The Music Within The Chaos Of New York City

New York City has a musical quality to all of its chaos. Stand in the right spot in Manhattan and you can hear it. The Sound of Silence knows and embraces this. An independent drama that contains a wholly lived in feel, there’s a vibe her that gets under your[...]

Jennifer Lopez Looks To Break Through To Oscar Voters With “Hustlers”

For years, strippers have been depicted cinematically as damsels needing to be saved. In fact, movies have almost exclusively looked at sex workers as damaged individuals. Awards wise, it’s catnip for voters, by and large. The features themselves have been mostly heavy affairs, give or take something like Woody Allen’s[...]

How Serious An Awards Contender Is “Joker” After Its Venice Win?

Over the weekend, something rather shocking happened at the Venice Film Festival. Yes, more shocking than a Grand Jury Prize going to Roman Polanski and his largely panned movie An Officer and a Spy (and even more surprising than another special prize going to the largely shrugged about American Skin[...]

“Freaks” Is An All Around Surprising Genre Effort

Science fiction on a budget can be tricky sometimes to properly pull off. There are countless instances where not having the required resources can compromise an otherwise extravagant vision. However, there are also plenty of times where working without a ton of money can lead to extra creativity. Here, with[...]

Box Office Report For September 6-8

Welcome back to the weekly box office report! As is always the case, each and every Sunday you can expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, the blockbuster horror sequel It: Chapter Two[...]

Review Round-Up: “Satanic Panic” And “Strange But True”

With such a busy week now behind us, it’s time to catch up on a few reviews, so you all know what that means…the review round-up is back! Yes, today we’ve got a pair of films to discuss that I wanted to make sure didn’t get ignored. One is the[...]

Updated Oscar Predictions For Early September

With the Toronto International Film Festival upon us, as well as the Telluride Film Festival and Venice Film Festival in our rearview mirror (not to mention the New York Film Festival coming soon), the awards season is here, hot and heavy. As such, new Academy Award predictions are needed. So,[...]
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