Michigan based professional critic for film, theatre and television. Member of Detroit Film Critics Society.
It’s not surprising Hollywood rushed to remake ”The Guilty,” an acclaimed Danish thriller from Gustav Moller, as quickly as they did. A low concept, single location thriller with an intense script that keeps audiences guessing are rare commodities. Much of the original script remains unscathed in Antoine Fuqua’s shot-for-shot American redo, which will certainly garner more eyeballs on Netflix than the original did in its lifetime. Jake Gyllenhaal is in the driver's seat and it’s an excellent showcase, and probably the only reason fans of the original should consider seeking it out.
When the trailer for Stepehn Chobsky’s (“The Perks of Being A Wallflower”) musical adaptation of the Tony award winning hit “Dear Evan Hansen'' premiered, many questioned how Ben Platt, a 27-year old who originated the role of the the awkward, titular teen, could find himself still playing, well, a teenager. And the backlash was swift. It’s demise was written before audiences would get a chance to see it and once most figured out what the controversial plot was, there was…
When will Hollywood take the hint audiences don’t want to view content that mirrors daily life. Especially when it’s related to COVID-19, something we’re still battling. Enter Will Wernick’s “Safer at Home,” another exploitative quarantine thriller told entirely through computer screens and shotty FaceTime apps. Whereas films like “Host” or “Malcolm & Marie'' were made during the pandemic, they weren’t about the pandemic. “Safer at Home'' plays in real-time, but its cheap thrills and flimsy script by Lia Bozonelis throw any…
It’s ironic Taylor Sheridan’s grimy ode to “dad” movies, “Those Who Wish Me Dead” will likely see the bulk of its views come via HBO where once upon a time, simple thrillers of this caliber were discovered buried in the cauldron of late night cable programming, begging to be discovered and thus gain ultimate rewatch status when it eventually landed on TNT. Boasting big “Double Jeopardy” and “The Fugitive” energy, Sheridan (“Hell or High Water” and “Wind River”) mounts an…