Tag: Two Reels

Valley of Shadows

    Release Date: October 20, 2017 (Norway) Screened: September 10, 2017 (Toronto International Film Festival) Runtime: 91 minutes Rating: No Rating Yet Studio: Film Farms; Them Girls Film; Anna Kron Film Director: Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen Cast: Adam Ekeli; Kathrine Fagerland While there is stuff to admire in Valley of Shadows, this Norwegian import really

American Pastoral

    Release Date: October 28, 2016 Runtime: 126 minutes Rating: R Studio: Lionsgate Director: Ewan McGregor Cast: Ewan McGregor; Jennifer Connelly; Dakota Fanning; David Straithairn; Peter Riegert; Molly Parker; Uzo Aduba; Rupert Evans An “A” for effort for Ewan McGregor in his directorial debut. Boasting an impressive cast including McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning,

Steve Jobs

    Release Date: October 23, 2015 Runtime: 122 minutes Rating: R Studio: Universal Pictures Director: Danny Boyle Cast: Michael Fassbender; Kate Winslet; Jeff Daniels; Seth Rogen; Michael Stuhlbarg; Katherine Waterston I came away from this movie with a great big ‘eh.’ It’s typical Aaron Sorkin. By this, I mean lots of people shouting pithy

Naked Lunch

    Release Date: December 27, 1991 (screened June 20, 2014 – 16th Annual Provincetown Film Festival) Runtime: 115 minutes Rating: R Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Director: David Cronenberg Cast: Peter Weller; Judy Davis; Ian Holm; Julian Sands; Monique Mercure; Roy Scheider OK, full disclosure: this is one weird fuckin’ movie. David Cronenberg has never

Rock of Ages

    Release Date: June 15, 2012 Runtime: 123 minutes Rating: PG-13 Studio: Warner Bros. / New Line Cinema Director: Adam Shankman Cast: Julianne Hough; Diego Boneta; Alec Baldwin; Russell Brand; Paul Giamatti; Catherine Zeta-Jones; Bryan Cranston; Malin Akerman; Mary J. Blige; Tom Cruise The Broadway musical upon which this movie is based, while not

The Canyons

    Release Date: August 2, 2013 Runtime: 99 minutes Rating: Unrated Studio: IFC Films Director: Paul Schrader Cast: Lindsay Lohan; James Deen; Nolan Gerard Funk; Amanda Brooks; Gus Van Sant You would think that a collaboration between the writer/director of “American Gigolo” and “Hardcore” and the writer of “American Psycho” and “Less Than Zero”

I’m So Excited!

    Release Date: June 28, 2013 (NY & LA) Runtime: 90 minutes Rating: R Studio: El Deseo S.A. / Sony Pictures Classics Director: Pedro Almodóvar Cast: Javier Cámara; Lola Dueñas; Cecilia Roth; Raúl Arévalo; Antonio de la Torre; Hugo Silva; Carlos Areces This is the latest from flamboyant Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar (“Women on

Thief of Hearts

    Release Date: October 19, 1984 Runtime: 100 minutes Rating: R Studio: Paramount Pictures Director: Douglas Day Stewart Cast: Steven Bauer; Barbara Williams; John Getz; David Caruso; George Wendt The first thing I have to say about this movie is that it’s almost impossible to review this from a 2013 frame of mind, as

Lost Horizon (1973)

    Release Date: March 17, 1973 Runtime: 150 minutes (feels like it!) Rating: G Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony) Director: Charles Jarrott Cast: Peter Finch; Liv Ullmann; John Gielgud; Sally Kellerman; George Kennedy; Michael York; Olivia Hussey; Bobby Van; James Shigeta; Charles Boyer Hoo-boy!  Where to start with this one? This is Ross Hunter’s infamous

House of Wax

    Release Date: May 6, 2005 Runtime: 113 minutes Rating: R Studio: Warner Bros. Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Cast: Elisha Cuthbert; Chad Michael Murray; Brian Van Holt; Paris Hilton; Jared Padalecki [SPOILER ALERT!] Not as bad as one might expect. Sure, there is some hilariously awful dialogue, typical horror­ movie stupidity, and performances that seem