The trailblazing, feminist force awakens in ‘STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI’

December 3rd, 2017 | Interviews, Movie Interview, Movie News | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic Before we “ooh,” “ahh” and cry “spoilers!” over the bloggosphere about director Rian Johnson’s STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, it’s important to pay respect to a significant part of the force – the women who bring balance to a universe far, far away. While we don’t know much in the way of details, what is clear – and always has been – is the reverence in which these groundbreaking, blockbusting films treat ...


‘LOVELESS’ director/ co-writer Andrey Zvyagintsev sculpts cinematic taboos into haunting art

December 2nd, 2017 | AFI Fest, Film Festivals, Interviews, Movie Interview, Movie News | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic I don’t want to service the viewer. Instead, I want to offer them an uncomfortable reflection of the truth of society, human nature and realistic characters. Back in 2014, Andrey Zvyagintsev made a huge splash internationally with his film LEVIATHAN. It racked up a staggering amount of awards and critical acclaim, including a Golden Globe win and Academy Award nomination. Having already won the jury prize at this year’s ...


Movie Review: ‘MOLLY’S GAME’ – Poker? I hardly know her!

November 29th, 2017 | AFI Fest, Film Festivals, Movie News, Movie Review, Reviews | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic MOLLY’S GAME Rated R, 140 minutes Director: Aaron Sorkin Cast: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong and Chris O'Dowd Poker is a game of skill, strategy and gambling. So is the art of filmmaking. Luckily for writer Aaron Sorkin, he’s got the skills and strategies tucked way under his belt. Now it’s time for the gamble: his debut as a director. And he gets a straight flush ...