Chrissy Metz at the New York screening of “Breakthrough.” Chrissy Metz Breakthrough Faithfully Makes Actress a Film Star and Garners Her an Oscar Nom for Its Featured Song by Brad Balfour It used to be that faith-based films were low-budget productions, cheaply made with cheesy storytelling and wooden acting – more about propagandizing than worthy narrative. Nowadays, they’re labelled as contemporary Christian and as much as they may still push their proselytizing agenda, the
Dough DOUGH (2015) Starring Jonathan Pryce, Jerome Holder, Ian Hart, Philip Davis, Pauline Collins, Natasha Gordon, Malachi Kirby, Daniel Caltagirone, Andrew Ellis, Matt Devere, Daniel Ben Zenou, Joel Beckett, Paul Blackwell, Ben Bishop, John Voce, Deborah Sheridan-Taylor and Melanie Freeman. Screenplay by Yehuda Jez Freedman and Jonathan Benson. Directed by John Goldschmidt. Distributed by Menemsha Films. 94 minutes. Not Rated. The poster for Dough certainly doesn’t do the
Little Boy LITTLE BOY (2015) Starring Jakob Salvati, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Michael Rapaport, David Henrie, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Kevin James, Ben Chaplin, Ted Levine, Abraham Benrubi, Ali Landry, Toby Huss, Eduardo Verástegui, David Ury, Candice Azzara, James DuMont, Lorna Scott and Kelly Greyson. Screenplay by Alejandro Monteverde and Pepe Portillo. Directed by Alejandro Monteverde. Distributed by Open Road Films. 100 minutes. Rated PG-13. Little Boy is a sweet and
Calvary CALVARY (2014) Starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankolé, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josée Croze, Domhnall Gleeson, David Wilmot, Pat Shortt, Gary Lydon, Killian Scott, Orla O’Rourke, Owen Sharpe, David McSavage, Mark O’Halloran, Declan Conlon, Anabel Sweeney and Mícheál Óg Lane. Screenplay by John Michael McDonagh. Directed by John Michael McDonagh. Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures. 100 minutes. Rated R. An
Gimme Shelter GIMME SHELTER (2014) Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, James Earl Jones, Ann Dowd, Stephanie Szostak, Dascha Polanco, Emily Meade, Candace Smith, Tashiana Washington, Laneya Wiles, Rachel Mattila, Rufus Dorsey, Eddie Schweighardt, Sheila Tapia and Peter Epstein. Screenplay by Ron Krauss. Directed by Ron Krauss. Distributed by Roadside Attractions. 106 minutes. Rated PG-13. A few months ago I was reading about the fact that Rick Santorum –
Darren Daulton What He Knows by Ronald Sklar “Don’t shoot the messenger,” says legendary former Philadelphia Phillies’ catcher Darren Daulton, responding to his many, many critics of late. Daulton, being the messenger in question, has only recently begun to share his newfound knowledge of spirituality and metaphysics, of aspiring to and traveling between various planes of consciousness. In fact, he has written it all down on paper, in a newly released primer of his knowledge,
Davey and Goliath – Volume 1 Davey and Goliath Volume 1 (Starlight Home Entertainment-2005) OH DAVEY!… Beloved pop culture icons Davey and Goliath first broke into the public consciousness in the late 50’s, a perfect time for their emergence against the “safe as milk” backdrop of that era. Produced by Clokey Productions Inc., under the direction of Art and Ruth Clokey (who also brought you another icon made of green clay, Gumby). This timeless stop-action motion show centere
Dogma DOGMA (1999) Starring Linda Fiorentino, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Alan Rickman, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock, Jason Lee, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, George Carlin, Bud Cort, Brian O’Halloran, Janeane Garafalo and Alanis Morisette. Screenplay by Kevin Smith. Directed by Kevin Smith. Distributed by Miramax Pictures. 128 minutes. Rated R. Kevin Smith’s Dogma has a lot of intriguing ideas – unlike his debut, and still his best film, Clerks, which was essentially about nothing.