EMBATTLED MOVIE REVIEW
David McKenna, writer of “American History X”, delivers yet another gut punch with his newest drama, “Embattled”. Jett Boykins faces increasing pressure to become a “man” from his MMA world champion father, Cash “The Slayer” Boykins (Stephen Dorff). With his mother, Susan (Elizabeth Reaser) and developmentally challenged brother Quinn at his side, Jett must persist through the traumas of his father’s unorthodox tutelage and violent temper in order to rise above the vicious cycle of abuse. Adrian, Matt, and Alex went a few rounds, dissembling this tale of family ties and toxic masculinity.
DIRECTED BY: Nick Sarkisov
STARRING: Elizabeth Reaser, Stephen Dorff, Donald Faison, Karrueche Tran, Darren Mann, Said Taghmaoui, Drew Starkey, Drew Scheid, Ava Capri, Charles Green, Mimi Davila, Donald Cerrone, Michael Wayne Foster, John Flanagan, Lindsay Garrett
Adrian El Critico (Screener Squad)
Though born and raised in Chicago, this film critic is Mexican to the bone. Adrian has been watching movies since he was a child, many of which might not have been age appropriate. Still, he couldn’t get enough. All throughout his life, friends and family would look to him for his recommendations and reviews on whatever films had come their way. Inspired earlier in life by the likes of Ebert and Roper at The Movies and then later Spill.com, Adrian decided film criticism and analysis provided a great outlet to further his love of film. He began to craft his reviews and thoughts on film in ways he thought would be accessible to devout film hounds as well as the casual viewer. Mixing in jokes, entertaining observations and robust critical analysis, Adrian El Critico may be new to OneOfUs, but he is already making a name for himself on our site. If Horror movies are your thing, get ready to hear his voice.
Matt Foster (Screener Squad)
Matt Foster is a stand up comic, podcaster, and movie critic currently living in the greater Salt Lake City area. His lifelong love of genre film began early, when he realized they freaked out his mom. He performs (epidemics permitting) regularly on Dungeons and Comedy, a DND live play with standup comedians, and is the slightly less mustache-y half of the Nighthawks Podcast, a cinema-centric discussion cohosted by Trevor T. Trujillo.
Alex Sullivan (Screener Squad)
This Alex. He Shy.
Fascinated by the countless worlds that can be visited by simply pressing “Play”, Alex finds himself awash in an endless stream of titles. Whenever a particularly strange title strikes his fancy, he becomes an enamored prophet of this new idea, spreading its good word to whomever will listen. Alex constantly works to improve his fluency in the universal language of cinema. Underneath his mellow facade, he’s a chihuahua, shaking with excitement to be a part of such a wonderfully diverse and welcoming community of voices that share his enthusiasm.
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