Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange Brings Metaphysics and Mysticism to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

By the time you’re watching stoic kung fu sorcerers chasing bad kung fu sorcerers through a labyrinth of twisting cityscapes and magical portals that lead to who knows where, you know this isn’t a normal Marvel Studios venture. The behemoth studio behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe has developed a sprawling storyline that has had some…

By Cory Woodroof
Sully Clint Eastwood Tom Hanks

In Clint Eastwood’s engrossing “Sully,” earnest heroism hits turbulence

Seven years removed from the “Miracle on the Hudson,” it’s a bit silly to think of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger as anything else but a hero. The longtime pilot used his expertise, gumption and level head to land a major aircraft with failing engines onto the Hudson River and managed to keep everyone on-board alive…

By Cory Woodroof
Florence Foster Jenkins

Reviewing Florence Foster Jenkins: The Challenge of Dream-Chasing

There’s a pivotal moment at the end of Florence Foster Jenkins, the latest from director Stephen Frears, in which a gravely ill Jenkins (Meryl Streep) gently confronts her husband St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant) about a negative review of one of her concerts. The review isn’t necessarily incorrect – it states, rather bluntly, that Foster is…

By Cory Woodroof
Pete's Dragon

Folksy ‘Pete’s Dragon’ charms with homespun feel

The original Pete’s Dragon was a 70s family musical produced by a different Disney in a different era, complete with singing villagers, a lighthouse, Helen Reddy and a cartoon gentle giant dragon spliced into the landscape of a live action film (taking a page from the Mary Poppins playbook). The film has a fan base…

By Cory Woodroof

One Movie Fan’s Most Anticipated Films for 2015

As hard as it is to believe, the year in 2014 movies is over, and another year of cinema is about to begin. Anticipating movies is half the fun, and 2015 has often been described as one of the biggest years for film in quite some time. I mean, think about it. Jedis, dinosaurs, Pixar,…

By Cory Woodroof
Dark Knight

Dark Knight Hype: A Story Of Expectations Told By A Reformed Fanboy

I had tears streaming down my face at the close of a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises on a stormy Thursday July night. In one of the film’s final scenes, Batman’s loyal butler Alfred peered over the grave of a not-dead Bruce Wayne and began to weep, expressing his sorrow at having failed…

By Cory Woodroof