Serenity
Review

Serenity

By Stephen Shea Serenity (2019) is the latest film from director Steven Knight, the director of Locke (2013) and creator of Peaky Blinders. Serenity follows Matthew McConaughey as Dill, a fisherman with a storied past hiding out in a small fishing town on an isolated island. Dill is quickly approached by his ex-wife played by Anne … Continue reading

Thief
Throwback Review

Thief

By Jackson Diianni Michael Mann’s Thief (1948) begins with a ten-minute scene depicting a bank heist. Frank (James Caan), a master safecracker, breaks into a vault and steals a set of priceless diamonds. He doesn’t trip any alarms, he doesn’t leave any trace. He and his cohorts disappear into the night undetected. Cut to the … Continue reading

Before Midnight
Review

Before Midnight

By Jackson Diianni Richard Linklater is a rule-breaker. I knew that going into Before Midnight (2014), so I should have kept an open mind. I was expecting it to be like its predecessors, and even though it follows the same formula (wandering, dialogue-driven romance), it deviates wildly in tone. The rule of threes would dictate … Continue reading