“Big Game looks a bit threadbare compared to the bygone blockbusters it’s attempting to emulate. But so much of today’s big-ticket filmmaking is designed to pummel you into submission that Helander’s scrappy chutzpah feels kinda soothing. I had a really good time watching this movie, remembering the simple pleasures of a goofy, ripping yarn.” – Movie Mezzanine, 06/26/2015
“Off his rocker after a decades-ago close encounter with a grizzly, Thornton sinks his teeth into the Captain Quint role and chews up portentous Herzog knock-off monologues about the cruelty of nature. He’s always wearing a cowboy duster and travels everywhere with a large white stallion at his side, cutting an absurd figure the actor appears to relish.” – Movie Mezzanine, 06/25/2015
MANGLEHORN * * *
Starring Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Chris Messina, Skylar Gasper and Harmony Korine. Screenplay by Paul Logan. Directed by David Gordon Green.
ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL NO STARS
Starring Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman and Molly Shannon. Screenplay by Jesse Andrews. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT * * * *
Starring Arielle Holmes, Caleb Landry Jones, Buddy Duress, Necro and Elenore Hendricks. Screenplay by Ronald Bronstein and Josh Safdie. Directed by Josh and Benny Safdie.
JURASSIC WORLD * *
Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson and Vincent D’Onofrio. Screenplay by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow. Directed by Colin Trevorrow.
“This pleasant, spectacularly uninformative documentary celebrates a venerable television institution that already spends quite enough time celebrating itself, thank you very much. You won’t find any of the debauchery that’s become part of the program’s legend. Cocaine, recently credited by Tina Fey as the show’s original Executive Producer, doesn’t even merit a cameo.” – Movie Mezzanine, 06/12/2015
“On second viewing I was able to see Jackie Brown for the movie it is, instead of the movie I’d wanted it to be. It’s slow, it’s sad and it’s very funny in ways that don’t really revolve around punchlines. It’s about characters who have been around the block one too many times and they’re exhausted, full of dreams deferred, just trying to scrape by.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 06/04/2015
RESULTS * * * 1 / 2
Starring Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi and Anthony Michael Hall. Written and directed by Andrew Bujalski.