director: Jason Reitman


Just over ten years ago, Diablo Cody wrote (and won an Academy Award for) a quirky little independent film we all now know and love called Juno (2007). Yes, ten years of life, and with it, the writer of any film is subject to change their worldview. It began gradually in 2011 with her underrated [...]

Men Women and Children

"Men, Women and Children" makes a point while presenting a realistic, and often graphic, portrayal of the use of the internet and cell phones in today's society. The movie showcases the many temptations, including a married man and father (Adam Sandler) who visits porn sites and sets up an [...]

Labor Day (2014)

This movie is unique in its plot. I have never seen another one quite like it. An escaped prisoner, Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin), elicits the help of a woman named Adele (Kate Winslet) and her thirteen year old son Henry (Gattlin Griffith). He has them drive him to Adele's home where he plans a [...]

Young Adult

Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) is a writer who writes teen fiction and the premise of this film is that she returns to her tiny hometown to reclaim her high school sweetheart Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson), who just happens to be married. Mavis knows this but ignores it and selfishly moves ahead with [...]

Up in the Air

This movie examines the lonely life of Ryan, a frequent traveler. At first, his life appears enjoyable. Traveling around with no strings attached. But life is due to change and for this poor soul, it should. One would typically think that a film of this type would have a deep and profound [...]


Ellen Page is very believable as a sixteen-year-old who becomes pregnant and knows she is not ready to be a mother. This film speaks positively about adoption although the character, Juno, briefly considers getting an abortion. The theme of giving the child to a woman who wants very desperately to [...]

Thank You for Smoking

This is one of those films which does not come close to being wholesome family entertainment. It is a satire about a lobbyist who believes people have the right to do whatever they wish, even killing themselves with cigarettes. He is against stronger labeling on cigarette packages and his talent is [...]

Thank You for Smoking – Filtered

"Thank you for Smoking" was a well-put-together film about a man who endorses smoking for a living, promoting smoking and encouraging people to smoke throughout the film. The film had good acting- however, the message is not one you would want your children to hear. If the film was geared toward [...]