‘Manchester by the Sea’: MOVIE REVIEW

I’ve been hearing about Manchester by the Sea for a year now. The film premiered all the way back at Sundance in January, and it’s been acclaimed by critics ever since. It’s the latest film from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, Margaret), which was originally going to feature a totally different cast/director…

‘Jackie’: MOVIE REVIEW

(Fox Searchlight Pictures) Jackie really wasn’t on my radar until everybody began raving about it at the fall festivals. Because of the acclaim, Fox Searchlight picked up the distribution rights and the film premiered before the end of the year, giving the film an awards qualifying run. And watching Jackie, you understand this sentiment by…

‘Arrival’: MOVIE REVIEW

I’m mad that I didn’t see Arrival when it was first released. The new film from Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) was one of my most anticipated of 2016 for obvious reasons. It’s a restrained science fiction film who directed one of the most restrained and best action films of the 21st century in Sicario last…

La La Land: Movie Review

La La Land has been on every critic’s radar ever since it premiered to rave reviews at the fall film festivals. The homage to classic Hollywood movie musicals is the sophomore effort of Damien Chazelle, who directed the Sundance darling Whiplash in 2014. Instead of going off to direct a big budget studio film, Chazelle…

Loving: MOVIE REVIEW

  It’s really spectacular that Austin’s own Jeff Nichols has really skyrocketed in the past five years. Ever since his acclaimed 2011 film Take Shelter, Nichols went on to make Mud (one of the best films of 2013) and this year’s underrated Midnight Special. His big studio debut with the latter was not his only…