Tag: Film Review

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…

Life During Wartime

Life During Wartime  |  Director Todd Solondz  |  Score: 6.4 The story (possibly apocryphal) goes that when Kafka used to read “Metamorphosis” to his friends, he’d bust up laughing. To him, the idea of young man suddenly turning into a…

M.

M. – The Criterion Blu-ray Edition  |  Director Fritz Lang  |  Score: 9.4 A luminous masterwork from Fritz Lang. The story of a child murderer let loose upon an unnamed German city is less about heroes and villains than it…

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,…

Salt

Salt  |  Director Philip Noyce  |  Score: 3.6 According to the film’s production notes, the screenplay was penned by a man named Kurt Wimmer, a screenwriter with a dozen other titles under his belt, but having seen this trampy action…

Predators

Predators  |  Director Nimród Antal |  Score: 5.5 Adrien Brody might have the most unlikely nose of any cinematic action hero in recent history. True, many action icons have had their fair share of facial quirks (think Bronson’s moustache, Schwarzenegger’s…

The Natural: Blu-ray Edition

The Natural: Blu-ray Edition  |  Director Barry Levinson  |  Score: 7.7 Sometimes, you can bypass film theory, and drop your critical credentials and your professionally sustained disbelief by the exit door. Sometimes, you can hunker down in your seat and…

Jennifer’s Body

Jennifer’s Body  |  Director Karyn Kusama  |  Score: 4.0 Like it or loathe it, we can at least agree Diablo Cody’s Juno was grounded in some kind of consistent reality, even one entirely of her own making. While it’s true…