Tag: Film Review

Film: Out of the Furnace

Out of the Furnace | Director Scott Cooper | Score: 5.0 Here’s a helpful tip for all you burgeoning film directors who would dearly love some big names for your next low-budget indie: Just make sure your last film —…

Film: Wadjda

Wadjda | Director Haifaa Al-Mansour | Score: 8.0 Like another pretty well known film about parents and their children, Saudi director Haifaa Al-Mansour’s drama involves a young child and a bike. It might not quite scale the heights of De…

Film: Don Jon

Don Jon | Director Joseph Gordon Levitt | Score: 5.8 The first time I ever consciously watched anything with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, it was in Rian Johnson’s brilliant Brick, a twisty film noir set in a modern high school. As fascinating…

Film: Drinking Buddies

Drinking Buddies | Director Joe Swanberg | Score: 6.5 My dear mother-in-law is fond of tweaking me by asking “Why would anyone watch that?” when the subject of difficult/depressing and/or violent films comes up. It’s the kind of vexing question…

Film: The Grandmaster

The Grandmaster | Director Wong Kar Wai | Score: 6.4 At first blush, having art house/critical darling Wong Kar Wai direct a fact-based kung fu film about the man who would eventually become the teacher of Bruce Lee might seem…

Film: Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass 2  |  Director Jeff Wadlow  |  Score: 6.2 From a studio perspective, the glimmering beauty of adapting Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s first Kick-Ass graphic novel was the fact that it was essentially a turn-key operation. So cinematically…

Film: Blackfish

Blackfish | Director Gabriella Cowperthwaite | Score: 6.6 At the height of the giant shark terror of the mid-’70s (spurred, you would rightly surmise, by one hugely successful giant shark movie you might have heard of once or twice), there…

Film: The Way Way Back

The Way Way Back | Directors Nat Faxon & Jim Rash | Score: 5.7 A sullen 14-year-old, driving in the back of a huge station wagon en route to a beach summer is asked by his mother’s new boyfriend how…

Film Review: The Bling Ring

The Bling Ring | Director Sofia Coppola | Score: 5.3 Five films into her career, it’s clear Sofia Coppola is a visionary director. At her best, as in 2003’s excellent Lost in Translation, her visual acuity and knack for musical…

DVD: Moon

Moon  |  Director Duncan Jones  |  Score: 5.9 On a remote lunar outpost in the near future, a one-man operation oversees the harvesting of Helium3, the answer to Earth’s energy needs. The control room is modular and mostly white, but…