“Tusk”

“Tusk”

The only reason “Tusk” didn’t go straight to video as a schlocky B-flick with a built-in cult following is the same reason it exists in the first place: Kevin Smith. The director has been making movies on the cheap for 20 years, since he shot “Clerks” for less than 30 grand and launched a mini-empire […]

A Beautiful Beacon of Goodwill

A Beautiful Beacon of Goodwill

When GRU associate professor Matthew Buzzell returned to Augusta five years ago after 14 active years in Los Angeles, the award-winning filmmaker knew he was leaving a lot of cultural opportunities behind. “Every night of the week in Los Angeles I could see a film, and it didn’t have to be a new film,” he […]

“The Drop”

“The Drop”

In “The Drop,” director Michael R. Roskam follows the old “Jaws” adage to hide the shark as long as possible. Guns permeate this crime thriller set largely in a Brooklyn “drop bar,” a collection point for enough small-time gambling and prostitution cash that it becomes a big-time operation for its gangster owners. But count the […]