‘Suffragette’ (2015) Review | Indie Adam

“Never surrender. Never give up the fight,” proclaims Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep) shortly after Steep’s brief but powerful appearance as the influential leader of the British suffragette movement. In Suffragette from sophomore director, Sarah Gavron, Pankhurst speaks those words not in the speech delivered on a balcony to a group of women fighting for the…

‘Spectre’ (2015) Review |Indie Adam

Marking the fourth entry in the Daniel Craig-Sam Mendes rebooted 007 series, Spectre comes nearly a decade after Casino Royale reinvented cinema’s favorite spy franchise. However, where Casino traded shaken martinis for a more lifelike Bond that was perfectly suited for Craig’s gruff portrayal, this latest installment feels like the farthest step backwards into the…

‘Truth’ (2015) Review | Indie Adam

Making his directorial inception, Screenwriter-turned-Director James Vanderbilt tackles both creative duties in the journalism drama, Truth. If wielding both the pen and the camera wasn’t enough, Vanderbilt is also coming off of the recently rebooted Amazing Spiderman films and the Denzel Washington-Channing Tatum-lead Washington shoot ‘em up, White House Down. So trading detonations for discussions,…

‘Burnt’ (2015) Review | Indie Adam

Burnt is the feel-good tale of fictional rock star chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper), whose drug-riddled past haunts him as he attempts to recoup his status and make amends by opening a new restaurant with the aid of Helene (Sienna Miller), his diamond in the rough phenom. But Burnt is anything but a discovery in…

‘Room’ (2015) Review | Indie Adam

According to interviews, Brie Larson cut off nearly all contact with the outside world and held herself to a strict diet for her role as Joy, a captive mother in Director Lenny Abrahamson’s sophomore North American release, Room. It’s certainly a stretch for the once child actress of the short-lived Raising Dad, whose steadily rising…

‘Hyena Road’ (2015) Review |Indie Adam

Like Zero Dark Thirty, American Sniper, The Hurt Locker and other Afghanistan-set war films, Hyena Road throws us into the moral confliction behind a bullet. In the opening minutes we see Ryan (Rossif Sutherland), a Canadian solider, targeting a relatively young Afghan boy. The film takes us through the conformation process, crammed with military jargon,…

‘Crimson Peak’ (2015) Review | Indie Adam

From the offset writer/director Guillermo del Toro makes it clear that this isn’t your average horror flick. In fact, Crimson Peak’s uncanny harmonization of 18th century horror and romance may seem so alien to the Paranormal Activity, ‘found footage’ raised generation that del Toro and Co-writer Matthew Robbins stress the film’s unusual genre bend to…