David Zimmerman

David Zimmerman is a Contributor at Grit Daily. He is a Portland-based screenwriter, film columnist and the founder of Zimm Score Movie Guide. When he's not writing about the big screen, you can find him nerding out with other cinephiles at local PNW breweries and traveling the world with his wife.

Birds of Prey Stays Airborne Despite an Injured Story

To secure a large enough audience, most superhero films are rated PG-13 by the MPAA. Birds of Prey, now in theaters, is the first film in the DC Extended Universe to be rated R. “Harley’s not really someone to hold back. The R-rating really allowed us to take it to the next level with fight scenes,” says Margot Robbie, lead actor and producer of the film. A spin-off to Suicide Squad (2016), Birds of Prey follows Harley Quinn (Robbie) as she now must live a life without immunity under the...

The Rhythm Section Plays as a One-Note Thriller, But with Consistent Tempo

For the last four months, action thriller The Rhythm Section’s trailer has screened before nearly every film. Now, this month’s revenge story has finally arrived. Based upon the novel of the same name, The Rhythm Section stars Blake Lively, Jude Law, and Sterling K. Brown. In it, it tells the story of a former Oxford student who’s now a prostitute. This status quo of Lively’s character followed the loss of her entire family in a plane crash; a crash that was anything but an accident. ...

An All-Star Cast is Not Enough for The Gentlemen

Last year, director Guy Ritchie took on Disney’s live-action adaptation of Aladdin. With the strong supervision that takes place within the Mickey Mouse club, little of Guy Ritchie came through the film. And many enjoyed it, as it became a huge blockbuster. Now, with The Gentlemen, Ritchie returns to form as both writer and director in this action crime film. Some may wish he would do more Disney-esque adaptations.  Watch It: If you’ve traditionally enjoyed Guy Ritchie’s style, or are...

Bad Boys for Life Ignites as the Best in the Franchise with Heart, Humor, and Action

In 1995, many millennials were entering the worlds of Toy Story, Batman Forever, and Jumanji. Simultaneously, however, another world was forming under the direction of Michael Bay, who was then unknown. Bad Boys, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, spawned a franchise and fandom around this buddy cop action comedy. Now, Bad Boys for Life marks the third film in the franchise. It arrives after a long hiatus since the first sequel in 2003. Luckily for viewers, especially those new to the...

Dolittle Fails to Stay Afloat

Awards season may be here, but January is no time for the film industry to hit the pause button. Led by Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr. stars in Dolittle, a fantasy adventure and reboot of the Doctor Dolittle films. Taking inspiration from the book, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, by Hugh Lofting, Stephen Gaghan has directed Dolittle. Gaghan received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Traffic, with another nomination for the film, Syriana. Unfortunately, you’d have no idea...

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