Category: Reviews

Film Review: The Way Back

The Way Back  |  Director Peter Weir  |  Score: 6.2 If, as Lao-tzo maintains, the journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step, the same holds true for a journey of 4000 miles, but in Peter Weir’s engaging new…

Film Review: The Fighter

The Fighter  |  Director David O. Russell  |  Score: 7.8 To begin with, how can you even make a dramatic film about boxing anymore? You have two fully iconic films in Rocky and Raging Bull so steeped into the national…

Film Review: Black Swan

Black Swan  |  Director Darren Aronofsky  |  Score: 6.6 Generally, films about dance companies only go in one direction, the interpersonal squabbling and politicized desperation of the company members vying for one of the principal performer spots. In his new…

Movie Review: Monsters

Monsters  |  Director Gareth Edwards  |  Score: 6.3 In what is a storied tradition in horror filmmaking, monsters are almost always handy stand-in metaphors for the cause célèbre of the day. Ergo, ‘body snatchers’ equate to McCarthyism, Alien aliens corporate…

Lady Of Leisure: The Middle Ages

You know middle age has hit solidly when three women — two just that side of the half century mark, one  rapidly approaching (that would be me) — gather at scrumptious Zahav,  look at the menu and immediately squint and…

Film Review: Stone

Stone  |  Director John Curran  |  Score: 5.8 In an unspecified time during the ’60s, a housewife in a rural home somewhere outside Detroit puts her young daughter down for a nap and stares at a buzzing bee trapped behind…