Review: Vice

Director: Adam McKay Stars: Christian Bale, Sam Rockwell, Amy Adams In 2015 Adam McKay made The Big Short, a smart and savvy reconstruction of what caused the financial crisis. A complicated subject, he broke it down into layman's terms. Used visual aids. Made it funny. That film was and is outspokenly political, fueled by anger at …

Review: Last Flag Flying

Director: Richard Linklater Stars: Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, Steve Carell Teaming up with Darryl Ponicsan, author of the novel The Last Detail, Richard Linklater follows the one-two-three punch of Before Midnight, Boyhood and Everybody Wants Some!! with a picture that feels somewhat out of step with a lot of modern filmmaking, one that lands on limited release here in the …

Review: Foxcatcher

In the Coen Brothers' 1991 feature Barton Fink the eponymous playwrite suffers an agonising stretch of writer's block when he's commissioned to pen a wrestling picture for a Hollywood studio. The joke within the movie is that the wrestling picture sub-genre has never really existed, though the Coens have fun inventing its imagined tropes as poor Barton …

Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

There was a time, a time before Anchorman... But really, who wants to remember that time? Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's first movie about news-reading anarchy has enjoyed the kind of ripple-effect longevity that comedy filmmakers dream of. So it's easy to forget that, on release, the first Anchorman was not considered a success; the reviews were …