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  • Only the Brave

    Only the Brave

    ★★★★

    Solid, thrilling drama centered on the establishment of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team of Prescott, AZ firefighters who perished in the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013. The fantastic Josh Brolin leads the charge as the embattled chief who has a deep secret and a connection to a new recruit (played by almost unrecognizable Miles Teller). The film packs it’s emotional punch in the final act as you slowly get to know the men and understand firsthand the brotherhood associated with this particular job.

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★½

    Classic psychological thriller centered on a recovering alcoholic father Jack Torrance (played masterfully by Jack Nicholson) that slowly and steadily descends into madness as he becomes the caretaker of a hotel over the course of a long snowy winter with his family. Nicoholson is masterful in portraying Torrance’s sinister nature while at the same time making him somewhat sympathetic at first. Nicholson acts with his facial features, his deviant eyes and his mannerisms, which shows why he’s one of the…

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  • Saving Private Ryan

    Saving Private Ryan

    ★★★★★

    Epic war drama with an all star cast led by the great Tom Hanks does not disappoint. It's known by now that the film opens with some of the most realistic war violence likely ever captured on screen and while it is tough to watch, it is necessary to show the sacrifice the brave soldiers made in WWII. Spielberg's direction also shows just what a master he is and Janusz Kaminski's cinematography in its saturated look captures the feel of the war entirely. The 3 hour running time will pass by quickly. An exceptional masterpiece and classic.