"The Circle" Review
"The Circle" is based on a 2013 novel by Dave Eggers, who also wrote A Hologram for the King, which was also made into a movie, released last year, and also starred Tom Hanks. Hanks' production company, PlayTone, is one of the seven it took to bring "The Circle" to the big screen. In most cases, that's not a good sign. And this is one of those cases, as "The Circle" is one of the most poorly-made and scatterbrained movies in recent years.
In promoting "Colossal", star and executive producer Anne Hathaway has suggested that you should go into the film without knowing anything about it. After seeing "Colossal", my suggestion is that you simply don't go.
"Casting JonBenet" Review
"Casting JonBenet" is completely different than any of the TV documentaries, "48 Hours" or "Dateline" episodes that have been made dissecting the case of murdered 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey over the past 20 years. 32-year-old Australian director Kitty Green, who admits she's been fascinated with the Ramsey story since it unfolded in '96, sought to examine the events and the phenomenon, with a bold, new approach.
"Free Fire" Review
Martin Scorsese is a producer on the indie action film, "Free Fire". His “Wolf of Wall Street” currently holds the record for most f-bombs in a mainstream movie, with more than 500. “Free Fire” certainly gives “Wolf” a run for its money in that category - and at only half the running time.
During this past Super Bowl broadcast, someone dressed as Albert Einstein, playing the violin, appeared in a commercial for the National Geographic Channel's upcoming miniseries "Genius". I said, out loud, "Was that Geoffrey Rush?" Sure enough, the Oscar winner is taking on the iconic figure in NatGeo's first-ever scripted series.
"The Fate of the Furious" Review
Since when did “The Fast and the Furious” turn into “Mission: Impossible”? This 8th installment in the long-running car racing franchise - “The Fate of the Furious” - veers too far from its lane, making it difficult to qualify as a legit “F & F” film.
"Going in Style" Review
"Going in Style" was a 1979 crime caper comedy that earned a special award at the Venice Film Festival for stars George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg. Three iconic veteran actors of this generation - Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin - have all earned their fair share of awards. But they won't be adding any for this mistake of a remake.
“Gifted” is an indie drama about a child genius. Often movies like this are based on true stories. This one is not, and yet the screenplay, though the term suggests otherwise, is far from “original”.