Tag Archives: James Jay Edwards

Jockey Shows the Rawer Side of Horse Racing

Jockey Shows the Rawer Side of Horse Racing

James Jay Edwards reviews Jockey, a drama film written by Clint Bentley and Greg Kwedar and starring Clifton Collins Jr. and Molly Parker. (Sony Pictures Classics)

Pedro Almodóvar and Penélope Cruz Team Up Again for Parallel Mothers

James Jay Edwards reviews Parallel Mothers, a Spanish drama film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar and starring Penélope Cruz. (Sony Pictures Classics) 

Scream Follows Its Bloody Formula Perfectly

James Jay Edwards reviews Scream, a new slasher film directed by Matt Bettenelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, and the fifth installment in the Scream film series. (Paramount Pictures)

A Hero Tiptoes Through an Ethical Minefield

James Jay Edwards reviews A Hero, an Iranian film written and directed by Asghar Farhadi and starring Amir Jadidi. (Amazon Studios)

The 355 Has Ladies Taking the Lead

James Jay Edwards reviews The 355, a spy film directed by Simon Kinberg from a story by Theresa Rebeck and starring an award-winning ensemble cast. (Universal Pictures)

2021 Year in Review: Top 10 Articles from The Big Smoke America

The Big Smoke America is now six years old and has published almost 2,500 original articles and essays. Here are the Top 10 (+14 more) from 2021.

The 2021 Movie Scene in Review: A Return, Almost

James Jay Edwards reviews the movies of 2021. A (somewhat) return to theaters and testing of releases through at-home offerings. Edwards highlights the best, teases awards nods, and lists his Top 10.

Joel Coen Embraces His Horror Side in The Tragedy of Macbeth

James Jay Edwards reviews The Tragedy of Macbeth, a thriller film written and directed by Joel Coen and based on the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare. (A24)

Sing 2 Keeps the Anthropomorphic Fun Going

James Jay Edwards reviews Sing 2, an animated musical comedy film written and directed by Garth Jennings, a sequel to the 2016 film Sing. (Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures) 

Bradley Cooper Shows That Man Is the Monster In Guillermo Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley

James Jay Edwards reviews Nightmare Alley, a neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Bradley Cooper. (Searchlight Pictures)