THE RIDER (Movie Review)

**** out of **** Rated R (for strong language and drug use) Released: April 13, 2018 limited; expands throughout the spring Runtime: 104 minutes Directed by: Chloé Zhao Starring: Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau, Lane Scott My review of The Rider, for The Tulsa Voice. Winner of the Director's Fortnight Award at last year's Cannes Film [...]

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Podcast: Episode 7 – SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY and DEADPOOL 2 (PODCAST)

Episode 7 - THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Conversations On Cinema http://thebadandthebeautiful.libsyn.com/the-bad-and-the-beautiful-conversations-on-cinema-episode-07 Solo: A Star Wars Story, @ 0:50 Deadpool 2, @ 35:53 Outro, @48:36 This week, Charles Elmore and I take a look at two heroes who must grow to learn that they can't fly solo, on this episode of The Bad and the Beautiful. You [...]

FIRST REFORMED: A Spiritual Film, Not A Faith-Based Movie (ANALYSIS)

As someone who was raised in the church but, as a filmmaker, chose to explore the profane, writer/director Paul Schrader wrote the book on what a spiritual film is. He just never made one: until now. With First Reformed, the screenwriter of several Martin Scorsese classics (including Taxi Driver and Raging Bull) and director of various lurid tales of his own, [...]

New Trailer For WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? Previews The Movie We Desperately Need Right Now (VIDEO)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=63&v=EAwR54HrVW8 In what promises to be an emotional and moral corrective to our toxic times, the upcoming Mr. Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? - as seen in this second official trailer - looks to be a rare counter-cultural media event that's universally embraced. In just the 1:15 of this brief preview, it emulates [...]

Mid-Century Middle America Marital Strife (And Oscar Contender) In First WILDLIFE Trailer (VIDEO)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WemDKlmMAIs You work with enough great directors (Paul Thomas Anderson, Rian Johnson, Denis Villeneuve, Steve McQueen, Bong Joon-ho, to name a few) it should come as no surprise when your directorial debut garners a rapturous critical reception. That's been the case with Wildlife, the first feature film from actor Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood, [...]

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (Movie Review)

*** out of **** Rated PG-13 (for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, some language and suggestive dialogue) Released: May 25, 2018 Runtime: 135 minutes Director: Ron Howard Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jon Favreau, Lily Newmark, Linda Hunt (Click here to listen to me and Charles [...]

Tom Cruise Goes All Out In New FALLOUT Trailer (VIDEO/POSTER)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiHiW4N7-bo There's no better action franchise today - and maybe no better franchise, period - than the Mission: Impossible films. In its 22nd year, the Tom Cruise-led spy series boasts real-life stunts that live up to the "Impossible" name, and Mission: Impossible - Fallout looks no different. In this latest trailer, the never-aging Cruise returns [...]

New JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM Featurette Highlights Most Dinos Ever (VIDEO)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJvUqNi-1nc May 15th is National Dinosaur Day, so it's a perfect time for Universal's marketing team to unleash another promo of the upcoming blockbuster Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. This behind-the-scenes featurette showcases the dinosaurs, old and new (including scary genetic hybrids), the sum total of which producer Tim Crowley says equals "more dinosaurs than you've [...]

BATMAN NINJA (Movie Review)

*** out of **** Rated PG-13 (for some language, sequences of violence and action, and for some suggestive material) Released: May 8, 2018, on home video platforms Runtime: 85 minutes Directed by: Junpei Mizusaki Starring: the voices of Roger Craig Smith, Tony Hale, Grey Griffin, Adam Croasdell, Tara Strong, Fred Tatasciore, Yuri Lowenthal, Tom Kenny, Eric [...]