Category: Reviews

Liz’s Story: Back to College 2010

While attending your average summer party, a rising college sophomore like myself will be asked the same two questions perpetually throughout the evening: One,  “How was your first year at college?” and two, “are you excited to be going back…

Mesrine: Killer Instinct

Mesrine: Killer Instinct  |  Director Jean-François Richet |  Score: 7.6 Jacques Mesrine was a renowned gangster in France, well-known for his brutal murders, kidnapping, bank robberies and extortion in the ’60s and ’70s, but made legendary for his sneering arrogance…

Agora

Agora  |  Director Alejandro Amenábar  |  Score: 6.0 During intermission of a play on an ancient stage in 300 A.D. Alexandria, a young philosophy student suddenly stands up before the crowd. Pledging his love and devotion to his beautiful philosophy…

The Kids Are All Right

The Kids Are All Right  |  Director Lisa Cholodenko  |  Score: 7.4 The characters and lives in Lisa Cholodenko’s films always appear fully realized and well-lived in, like a closet filled with slightly wrinkled and worn clothes. Her previous works,…

The Killer Inside Me

The Killer Inside Me  |  Dirrctor Michael Winterbottom  |  Score: 5.4 Jim Thompson was, perhaps, our most effectively amoral pulp writer. Dubbed the “Dimestore Dostoevsky,” many of his legion of better than 30 books concern bad women, miserable drifters, corrupt…

Cyrus

Cyrus  |  Directors Jay & Mark Duplass  |  Score: 6.6 It’s possible that no actor gets more out of their face than John C. Reilly. And what a face it is: All molten features, with an overhanging forehead, pinched, deep-set…