City of Ghosts

City of Ghosts Directed by: Matthew Heineman Starring: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Hamoud, Hassan Rotten Tomatoes: 100%                                          Empire:5 Stars What is City of Ghosts about? Type in “Raqqa” into Google, and you will find a link to the website for Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently a fact referenced in the film City of Ghosts to highlight the prominence…

Dunkirk

 Dunkirk Directed by: Christopher Nolan Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy Rotten Tomatoes: 92%                                                  …

The Beguiled

The Beguiled Directed by: Sofia Coppola Starring: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell Rotten Tomatoes:78%                             Empire: 4 Stars What has the director done before? Sofia Coppola is one of the most decorated female directors out there, recently becoming the second…

To The Bone

To The Bone   Directed by: Marti Noxon Starring: Lily Collins, Keanu Reaves, Leslie Bibb What has the director done before? Marti Noxon is best known for her work on television programs Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Unreal so some may argue that it is an unusual turn for her to direct a movie about…

Baby Driver

Directed By: Edgar Wright Starring: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Lily James Rotten Tomatoes: 97%                                                           Empire: 5 Stars What has the director done…

Wonder Woman (2017)

  Directed by: Patty Jenkins Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright,  Lucy Davis Empire: 4 Stars                                         Rotten Tomatoes: 92% What has the director done before? Patty Jenkins, an aptly chosen female director for a film with a female lead, is well known for previously directing the 2003 Aileen Wuornos biography Monster starring Charlize Theron…

The Lego Batman Movie

Directed by:  Chris McKay Starring: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson Rotten Tomatoes: 91%                                                    Empire: 4 Stars What has the director done before? If you have heard of Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode…

White Girl

White Girl   Directed by: Elizabeth Wood Starring: Morgan Saylor, Brian ‘Sene’ Marc, Justin Bartha Rotten Tomatoes: 70% What was it about? Browsing Netflix on a cold winters night, I surprisingly came across a movie that I hadn’t watched and didn’t dislike by the poster. White Girl is a film I had heard about on the fringes but…

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Directed by: Gareth Edwards Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed & Forest Whitaker What has the director done before? British-born Gareth Edwards is well known for directing the 2010 indie sci-fi splash Monsters for a small budget of $500,000 which catapulted him into fame as it was shot in 3 weeks, with a…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Directed by: David Yates Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Collin Farrell and Ezra Miller Empire: 3 stars                                                        Rotten Tomatoes:76%  What has the director done before? ` Fantastic Beasts and Where…

Arrival

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker Empire: 5 Stars                                Rotten Tomatoes: 93% What has the director done before? In the late 90’s and early 2000’s we had M. Night Shyamalan, the director of Signs, Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense, was our purveyor of psychological thriller and sometimes sci-fi perfection. Now Denis Villeneuve has…

Doctor Strange

Directed by: Scott Derrickson Starring:  Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton and Mads Mikkelsen Empire: 4 Stars                                                                          Rotten Tomatoes:93%…