Filmmaker Xavier Legrand builds upon solid groundwork with ‘CUSTODY’

Courtney Howard // Film Critic There are very few short films that stick with audiences years later. To craft a genuinely indelible, thrilling tale in such a short timeframe of less than 30 minutes – one that firmly grabs the attention of its viewer – is a true feat. Writer-director Xavier Legrand’s JUST BEFORE LOSING EVERYTHING did just that. Now, Legrand continues the same story set up in that Academy Award®-nominated short film with CUSTODY ...


Movie Review: ‘LEAVE NO TRACE’ flourishes in its depiction of family, even if it feels misguided in other areas

July 13th, 2018 | Movie Review, Reviews | 0 Comment

James Cole Clay // Film Critic LEAVE NO TRACE Rated PG, 109 minutes Director: Debra Grankik  Starring: Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeffery Rifflard, Michael Draper and Peter Simpson Minimalism is a tool best used for the big screen. When you’re on a 25-foot piece of canvas, you can see everything. Director Debra Granik’s first work in eight years (after the Oscar-nominated WINTER'S BONE), LEAVE NO TRACE, practices this technique with a mythic ...


Movie Review: ‘SKYSCRAPER’ – in burning buildings, there’s always time for a hug

July 11th, 2018 | Movie Review, Reviews | 0 Comment

James Cole Clay // Film Critic SKYSCRAPER Rated PG-13 102 minutes Director: Rawson Marshall-Thurber Starring: Dwanye Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han and Roland Moller When it comes to Dwayne Johnson, what you see is what you get. His films for the better part of a decade have been unsurprising pieces of filmmaking that just simply ask the audience to leave happy -- but what’s wrong that? Certainly nothing, because this is an age where need “nice” ...