Labor Day (2014)

Starring: Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet, Gattlin Griffith, Brooke Smith, Clark Gregg, J.K. Simmons, James Van Der Beek, Tobey Maguire Directed by: Jason Reitman PG-13. 110 mins Overly sappy and unconvincing, Jason Reitman’s latest effort takes a strange new direction away from clever witticisms and towards melodrama. Based on Joyce Maynard’s novel and co-written by Reitman,…

Gangster Squad (2013)

Starring: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Michael Peña Directed by: Ruben Fleischer R. 110 mins Despite glossy production design and a good-looking cast, this neo-noir is a hollow mess. Loosely based on the story of Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn), the film is set in 1949 Los Angeles as…

Men in Black III (2012)

Starring: Will Smith, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, Jemaine Clement, Emma Thompson, Bill Hader, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alice Eve, Nicole Scherzinger Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld PG-13. 105 mins Another easily forgettable and curiously unnecessary continuation of a tale that makes even less sense the longer it drags on.. There’s considerable talent involved here and the occasional…

True Grit (2010)

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Hailee Steinfeld, Barry Pepper Directed by: Joel & Ethan Coen PG-13. 110 mins The most financially successful film of the Coen’s career is also one of their most accessible – True Grit can be watched by all audiences because it lacks that darker tone so characteristic of their…

Milk (2008)

Starring: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, James Franco, Diego Luna, Emile Hirsch, Alison Pill, Victor Garber, Joseph Cross, Denis O’Hare, Lucas Grabeel, Stephen Spinella Directed by: Gus Van Sant R. 128 mins A biopic that feels like so much more thanks to some touching performances, a passionate (Academy Award winning) script and Van Sant’s thoughtful direction…

No Country for Old Men (2007)

Starring: Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald, Garret Dillahunt Directed by: Joel & Ethan Coen R. 122 mins A tense and violent piece of art – this is cinema at it’s finest and the Coen brother’s best work since Fargo. With intelligence, dark humour, and grisly visuals, No Country for…

Planet Terror (2007)

Starring: Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Marley Shelton, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Naveen Andrews, Michael Biehn, Jeff Fahey, Fergie, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Parks Directed by: Robert Rodriguez R. 86 mins Originally released as part of Rodriguez and Tarantino’s Grindhouse double-bill (alongside Death Proof), this is an unapologetically exploitative zombie flick. After a dangerous government experiment is…