Doug Reviews: The Birth of a Nation (2016)

From the moment it burst onto the scene at Sundance, Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation has inspired both praise and controversy. However, now that the film is available for public consumption, the only question that matters is: is it any good? Continue reading

Doug Reviews: Queen of Katwe (2016)

From Disney and Director Mira Nair comes Queen of Katwe, the real life story of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl who attempts to use chess to escape her poverty-stricken life. Does she succeed or does the dangerous world around her swallow her whole? Continue reading

Doug Reviews: Snowden (2016)

Director Oliver Stone returns to the political arena with Snowden, a dramatized telling of nine years in the life of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Does the film give a balanced take on Snowden’s history and actions, or does it fall too heavily on one side of the story? Continue reading

Doug Reviews: Eddie the Eagle (2016)

Eddie the Eagle, directed by Dexter Fletcher and produced—in part—by Matthew Vaughn’s Marv Films, is loosely based on the life story of Michael Edwards, or Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, a British ski jumper that competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics. The film is positioning itself as a feel-good movie, but does it stick the landing? Continue reading

Doug Reviews: The Danish Girl (2015)

The Danish Girl is the definition of an Oscar-bait film. It’s a period piece; it has controversial subject matter, which results in a brave and difficult performance from one or more of the actors; and it is based, in part at least, on a true story. The question is: is the film any good? Continue reading

Doug Reviews: Steve Jobs (2015)

Your enjoyment of Director Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs will be dependent on how much of an Apple acolyte you are. If you love Apple and Steve Jobs with every ounce of your soul, you’ll probably want to skip this one, but you’ll be missing a well-written, well-acted film. Continue reading

Doug Reviews: Straight Outta Compton

straight_outta_compton_one-sheet_large_1200_1900_81_sFor a music group labeled at one time, “The World’s Most Dangerous Group,” the biopic for legendary rap group N.W.A. plays things surprisingly safe. But, does that make Director F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton a bad film? Continue reading

Doug Reviews: The Imitation Game

imitation_game_ver2During World War II, the Nazis had an unbreakable code system called Enigma. If the Allies had any hope of winning the war, they had to crack the code. In his latest film, The Imitation Game, Director Morten Tyldum introduces us to the man chiefly responsible for breaking Enigma: Alan Turing. His story is fascinating and quite possibly the best film of the year. Continue reading

Doug Reviews: Big Eyes

big_eyes_resizedBig Eyes tells the strange story of Margaret and Walter Keane and how her paintings made millions, but she never received any credit for her work. It is a tale that is perfectly suited to the stylings of Director Tim Burton and it is his best film in years. Continue reading