The overstuffed and awkwardly unfunny Amsterdam proves the old Hollywood adage, “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.”

By Scott Cole Director: David O. RussellStarring: Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Robert De Niro, Rami Malek Amsterdam is a frenzied and manic movie. It feels like watching a filmmaker have a panic attack in real-time. As the story staggers along like an inebriated man attempting to walk, writer/director David O. Russell thinks... Continue Reading →

Don’t Worry Darling showcases strong performances in service of a lackluster and oddly paced thriller that can’t get its wheels out of the mud

By Scott Cole Director: Olivia WildeStarring: Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgmnKsED-jU Olivia Wilde’s sophomore directorial effort Don’t Worry Darling is certainly a throwback to an earlier time but perhaps not quite in the way she may have intended. Despite the fact that the film takes place in a 1950s... Continue Reading →

The 5 Best Films of Kevin Smith

By Scott Cole As a burgeoning young film fanatic in the ‘90s, the discovery of independent film was somewhat life-changing for me. Up until that point, I had basically just accepted whatever the big movie studios had force-fed me at the local multiplex. But as I started thinking more critically about film and religiously watching... Continue Reading →

Bodies Bodies Bodies is a funny, fast-paced social commentary trapped in a ho-hum murder mystery

By Scott Cole * * * (3 stars out of 5) Director: Halina ReijnStarring: Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Pete Davidson, Lee Pace, Myha’la Herrold https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTzGKsZjBOY If there was ever a true divide separating cinema as an art form from the invasion of social media into every aspect of daily life, Halina Reijn’s new comedic thriller... Continue Reading →

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