Molly’s Game (2017)

Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba in Molly's Game

Director: Aaron Sorkin Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O'Dowd, Bill Camp When Molly Bloom, the eponymous “Poker Princess” of “Molly’s Game” was ready to have her memoir adapted for the screen, she knew exactly whom she wanted to write that translation: Aaron Sorkin. In retrospect, Bloom’s story of … Continue reading Molly’s Game (2017)


The Funniest (Fictional) Women On-Screen in Recent History

“Women aren’t funny” is a phrase we’ve all heard too often. Audiences and industry executives tend to make this generalization, usually before they’ve even given a woman an opportunity to show off her comedic skills. Fortunately, the emergence of female-led comedies in recent years shows that this petty and ignorant opinion is beginning to wane. … Continue reading The Funniest (Fictional) Women On-Screen in Recent History

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” Redefines the Role of Women in Superhero Films

The most common complaint critics have about “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is that it’s fun, but does nothing we haven’t seen in the original. As Bill Goodykoontz writes for The Arizona Republic, “it’s the classic example of the sequel to a really imaginative original: If the first one didn’t exist, this one would … Continue reading “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” Redefines the Role of Women in Superhero Films

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017)

Director: S. S. Rajamouli Starring: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Sathyaraj, Ramya Krishnan, Nassar "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion," aka "Why Kattapa Killed Baahubali: The Movie," takes us back to the story of Amarendra and his son Mahendra Baahubali, both played by Prabhas in a dual role. While the film's predecessor, "Baahubali: The Beginning," introduces the … Continue reading Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017)

The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)

Director: Niki Caro Starring: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, Daniel Bruhl The latest installment in Niki Caro’s filmography is what The New York Times calls, “Schindler’s List With Pets,” which is a fairly accurate description. Jessica Chastain stars in and executive produces the war drama (holding a different animal in every scene, so that … Continue reading The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)

Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Director: Matt Spicer Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson, Jr.  The term “Instagram stalker” brings to mind a girl huddled over her phone, scrolling through photos of her “Insta-crush” - an image that’s weird, but harmless. Director and co-writer Matt Spicer utterly crushes this image with his first feature film, “Ingrid Goes West.” The comedy-drama … Continue reading Ingrid Goes West (2017)