the opening shot of Bye Bye Germany, we watch a three-legged dog happily trotting through a street that turns out to be in a post-war displaced persons camp in Frankfort. While that dog has next to nothing to do with the plot of this light-hearted (yet not quite comic) tale, it makes for an interesting way to understand the characters we meet.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, The Post tells the story of Katherine Graham (Meryl Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, the Washington Post. Set in the later years of the Vietnam War, Katherine and her editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) suddenly find themselves in the possession of papers exposing the American government’s… [Read More]
The Mountain Between Us tells the story of Alex (Kate Winslet) and Ben (Idris Elba), two strangers who both find themselves stuck in an airport when their respective flights are suddenly cancelled. Anxious to get to their destination, the two strangers decide to charter a flight together to beat the system. However, when their pilot… [Read More]
Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird is a coming-of-age drama that tells the story of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), a young woman growing up in Sacramento in 2002. Living with her parents and adopted brother, she has an increasingly strained relationship with her mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf), as she prepares to… [Read More]
As Vice President of Cold Iron Pictures, producer Amanda Marshall admits to being most passionate about projects that tell stories in unusual ways. Having had indie success with films like Diary of a Teenage Girl and Swiss Army Man, Marshall’s goal is to find projects that push back against the norm. “I look for something… [Read More]
Life is a series of transitions, bookended by the two great transitions of birth and death. But along the way there are many more shifts in our lives—some trivial, others more profound. The Midwife is a story of the transitions of life that is (like life) a mixture of humor and poignancy.
Based on an E. L. Doctorow short story, Wakefield is not just an engaging story, but a man’s spiritual journey of growth and discovery. It serves as a critique of modern life and our assumptions about happiness, success, and love.
This week, Steve welcomes Patrick Erskine and Paul Levac to enter into James Ponsoldt’s THE CIRCLE. Starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, this sci-fi drama explores our world through the eyes of social networking and just might have something to say to the Millennial generation as well… but is it worth your money? (Plus, this… [Read More]
Colossal co-stars Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis and director Nacho Vigalondo In her latest film, Colossal, Hathaway manages to channel all of her experience into her portrayal of Gloria, an alcoholic with a deep desire for belonging. During the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September of last year, we had the… [Read More]
words wind around us, obscuring, diffusing, piling atop each other like snowflakes on snowflakes, making seeing true meaning hard through the white, like moments in life thus does This Is Us succeed, not just as “quality entertainment” (important in its way), but more importantly, truly, as a light to help color through white, making meaning in moments in life and it… [Read More]