Chris Packham

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  • "Bills, bills, bills! I can't take it anymore!" The plot of many payday loan advertisements is also the protagonist's generic motivation in 7 Minutes, writer-director Jay Martin's heist-gone-wrong thriller, although stone-faced Sam's...

  • Back in the 1980s, it was possible to shoot a tiny film on a slight budget as a calling card for studio executives, a way for directors to say, "Imagine what I could do with real money." A few of these underbudgeted films, such as The...

  • Using a slavery narrative to advance an unrelated agenda is pretty tasteless, bordering on offensive. The product of an "inspirational" production house, a white director, and an Asian-American screenwriter who once wrote a film that was actually...

  • David Dastmalchian will appear in this summer's new Marvel franchise Ant-Man, but Animals is probably way more important to him, considering he wrote it. The premise -- homeless drug addicts in love -- is depressing, but as directed...

  • "Some things are easier if you can sleep through them," sleepyhead Dakota Fanning tells Elizabeth Banks's weary detective in what probably amounts to the mission statement posted outside the production trailer for Every Secret Thing. An...

  • Any Day is blessed with a proliferation of odd details, but writer-director Rustam Branaman doesn't seem to realize how strange they are, or how interesting they could have been if heightened a little. For instance: Of all the challenges...