Green Room is gut-wrenching, sometimes literally

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)


Blue Ruin, Green Room. 

Writer-director Jeremy Saulnier is certainly not a director afraid to deal in primal colors: the bright green woodlands of Oregon into which down-on-their-luck punk band The Ain’t Rights stray, playing an impromptu gig to an audience of neo-Nazis; the visceral red of the horrific gore that results when band member Pat (an endearingly mumbly Anton Yelchin) stumbles upon a murder.…

Blue Ruin’s cautionary tale is Death Wish meets the Hatfield-McCoys

4 Stars (4 / 5)


Real life isn’t like the movies.

True love is not the inevitable outcome of a tempestuous first meeting and cars don’t blow up just because you put a few bullets in them. It’s this reality that is at the heart of Blue Ruin.…