Author Archives: Jake Kring-Schreifels

Review: ‘A Most Violent Year’

Review: ‘A Most Violent Year’

Written & Directed by JC Chandor Starring Oscar Issac, Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks, Elyes Gabel & David Oyolewo Now Playing in Select Theaters A Most Violent Year begins with Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues.” The song, like the film it introduces, is chilling and soulful. Gaye recorded it in 1971 and the rhythmic piano chords

Review: ‘Wild’

Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee Starring Reese Witherspoon,Thomas Sadoski & Laura Dern The first sound you hear in Wild is a heavy panting. It’s the kind that suggests the woman, Cheryl Strayed, who soon appears to us in the middle of hiking 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, is engaged in something other than hiking. This

Review: ‘Foxcatcher’

Written & Directed by Bennett Miller Starring Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffallo, Siena Miller & Vanessa Redgrave In Theaters Friday, November 21, 2014 Foxcatcher, the hauntingly quiet new film from Bennett Miller, is about wrestling just as much as what wrestling is about: power, physicality, and isolation. The story is strange and grows stranger.

Review: ‘The Theory of Everything’

Directed by James Marsh; Written by Anthony McCarten Starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Thewlis, Charlie Cox & Maxine Peake Opens Friday in select theaters Everything in The Theory of Everything has a glossy glow to it. The film follows the life of cosmologist Stephen Hawking in a way that coats his brilliance and love

Review: ‘Before I Go to Sleep’

Directed by Rowan Joffe Written by Rowan Joffe (Screenplay) and S.J. Watson (Novel) Starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, & Anne-Marie Duff NOW PLAYING in NYC and Select Theaters In ‘Before I Go to Sleep, a woman wakes up one morning and appears to be escaping a forgettable one-night stand. The truth is, she does

Review: ‘Nightcrawler’

Written & Directed by Dan Gilroy Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton, Rene Russo, & Riz Ahmed NOW PLAYING in NYC and Select Theaters Local news programming is often a de-contextualized experience of visual trauma. Crime stories offer quick intrigue and highly graphic imagery. They make you afraid in disproportionate ways while taking up disproportionate segments of an

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