Kyle J. Steenblik

Anomalisa is Strangely Beautiful and Subtlly Brilliant

Anomalisa is Strangely Beautiful and Subtlly Brilliant

Anomalisa Directed by: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson Screenplay by: Charlie Kaufman Based on Anomalisa by Charlie Kaufman Starring: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan Running time 90 minutes Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language Michael Stone, husband, father and respected author of “How May I Help You Help Them?” is […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is Almost Unbearable

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is Almost Unbearable

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Directed by: Michael Bay Screenplay by: Chuck Hogan Based on 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff Starring: James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Dominic Fumusa, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Toby Stephens, Demetrius Grosse, Freddie Stroma Running time 144 minutes Rated R 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

The Best, and Worst Movies of 2015: According to Kyle

The Best, and Worst Movies of 2015: According to Kyle

It is the end of another year and with that comes the traditional lists.  You have seen Kaitlyn’s list, but you have not seen mine.  When deciding what films I should list in my top ten I thought about the films that I have added to my personal library, or watched more than once.  In […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Point Break Lost its Story in an Extreme Sports Highlight Reel

Point Break Lost its Story in an Extreme Sports Highlight Reel

Point Break Directed by: Ericson Core Screenplay by: Kurt Wimmer Based on Point Break by Rick King, W. Peter Iliff Starring: Édgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Delroy Lindo, Ray Winstone Running time 113 minutes Rated PG-13 for violence, thematic material involving perilous activity, some sexuality, language and drug material A young FBI agent infiltrates […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Concussion is a Methodical and Meticulous Science Based Drama

Concussion is a Methodical and Meticulous Science Based Drama

Concussion Directed by: Peter Landesman Written by: Peter Landesman Based on Game Brain by Jeanne Marie Laskas Starring: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, Luke Wilson, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Morse, Albert Brooks Running time 122 minutes Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some disturbing images, and language Will Smith stars in […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

The Danish Girl is an Amazingly Beautiful Film, but Too Revisionary

The Danish Girl is an Amazingly Beautiful Film, but Too Revisionary

The Danish Girl Directed by: Tom Hooper Screenplay by: Lucinda Coxon Based on The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts Running time 120 minutes Rated R for some sexuality and full nudity Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) is a well-known and successful abstract landscape […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is Very Special, by Not Being Special

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is Very Special, by Not Being Special

The Hateful Eight Directed by: Quentin Tarantino Written by: Quentin Tarantino Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, James Parks, Channing Tatum Running time 187 minutes (Roadshow version), 167 minutes (Theatrical version) Rated R for strong bloody violence, a scene of violent sexual […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Sisters is Great Immature Comedy, for Mature Adults

Sisters is Great Immature Comedy, for Mature Adults

Sisters Directed by: Jason Moore Written by: Paula Pell Starring: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena, Maya Rudolph, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest Running time 118 minutes Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, and for drug use Katie Ellis’ (Tina Fey) life is a wreak, she has lost her job, due […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip is Not Appropriate for Anyone

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip is Not Appropriate for Anyone

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Directed by: Walt Becker Written by: Randi Mayem Singer, Adam Sztykiel Based on Alvin and the Chipmunks by Ross Bagdasarian, The Chipettes by Janice Karman Starring: Jason Lee, Tony Hale, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Bella Thorne, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Kaley Cuoco, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate Running […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Macbeth is a Near Perfect Adaptation, but Still Comes Up Short

Macbeth is a Near Perfect Adaptation, but Still Comes Up Short

Macbeth Directed by: Justin Kurzel Screenplay by: Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie, Todd Louiso Based on: Macbeth by William Shakespeare Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor, Elizabeth Debicki, David Thewlis Running time 113 minutes Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence including disturbing images. After winning a decisive batter for King […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

The Good Dinosaur is a Great Animated Western

The Good Dinosaur is a Great Animated Western

The Good Dinosaur Directed by: Peter Sohn Screenplay by: Meg LeFauve Story by: Peter Sohn, Erik Benson, Meg LeFauve, Kelsey Mann, Bob Peterson Starring: Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, A. J. Buckley, Steve Zahn, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Marcus Scribner, Maleah Padilla Running time 100 minutes Rated PG for peril, action and […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Victor Frankenstein is Ridiculously Campy and Unintentionally Comedic

Victor Frankenstein is Ridiculously Campy and Unintentionally Comedic

Victor Frankenstein Directed by: Paul McGuigan Written by Max Landis Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Charles Dance Running time 110 minutes Rated PG-13 for macabre images, violence and a sequence of destruction Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe) spent the first 18 (or so) years of his life as a nameless hunchback […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Trumbo is So Good, it is Simply Unfair

Trumbo is So Good, it is Simply Unfair

Trumbo Directed by: Jay Roach Written by: John McNamara Based on: Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Cook Starring: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Michael Stuhlbarg, Helen Mirren, Alan Tudyk Running time 124 minutes Rated R for language including some sexual references   In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Mockingjay Part 2 is a Flat but Satisfactory Finale

Mockingjay Part 2 is a Flat but Satisfactory Finale

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Directed by: Francis Lawrence Screenplay by: Danny Strong, Peter Craig Based on Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland Running time 137 minutes Rated PG-13 […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Love the Coopers is Unremarkable, but Enjoyable

Love the Coopers is Unremarkable, but Enjoyable

Love the Coopers Directed by: Jessie Nelson Written by: Steven Rogers Starring: Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Wilde Narrated by Steve Martin Running time 106 minutes Rated PG – 13 for thematic elements, language and some sexuality Charlotte (Diane Keaton) and Sam Cooper’s […]