Review: Turbo Kid

Directors: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell Stars: Laurence Lebeouf, Aaron Jeffrey, Michael Ironside Just how far can a movie make it propelled by nostalgia alone? That's the question that Turbo Kid seems intent on asking the viewer. In much the same tenuous way that Robert Rodriguez's Machete films sprung into being off of the back of …

Why I Love… #82: Gremlins 2: The New Batch

Year: 1990 Director: Joe Dante Stars: Zack Galligan (Billy Peltzer), Phoebe Cates (Kate Beringer), John Glover (Daniel Clamp), Robert Protsky (Grandpa Fred), Robert Picardo (Forster), Christopher Lee (Doctor Catheter), Haviland Morris (Marla Bloodstone), Dick Miller (Murray Futterman), Howie Mandel (Voice of Gizmo), Tony Randall (Voice of Brain), Frank Welker (Voice of Mohawk) Genre: Comedy / …

Review: Everest

Director: Baltasar Kormákur Stars: Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin Watching Everest, director Baltasar Kormákur's all-star throwback disaster movie, I was reminded of something simple I'd forgotten about myself; I hate heights. I'm terrible at them. That dizzying sense of imminent danger, combined with the occasionally fleeting sensation that I might irrationally hurl myself down, down …

Review: Faults

Director: Riley Stearns Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick Faults, written and directed by Riley Stearns, begins with a front-runner for best opening scene of the year. It introduces us to Ansel Roth, sitting in a hotel restaurant finishing a courtesy meal. He has a voucher to prove he is entitled to it. Thing …

Review: Legend

Director: Brian Helgeland Stars: Emily Browning, Tom Hardy, Christopher Eccleston When I think of great dual performances, there are two that spring instantly to mind. First, Jeremy Irons as the Mantle twins in David Cronenberg's 1988 surgical drama Dead Ringers (one of the best films in a cluttered career), and then also Nicolas Cage portraying both …

Review: Straight Outta Compton

Director: F. Gary Gray Stars: O'Shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins, Aldis Hodge The beginning stretch of Straight Outta Compton culminates in Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), black rapper with N.W.A, striking a tentative deal with white manager Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti). Heller sells his usefulness with frankness, pitching that he can get Eazy-E and N.W.A through doors that …