Tag: Film Review

Film: Fill the Void

Fill the Void | Director Rama Burshtein | Score: 6.3 As far as strict class-regimented closed societies go, the 18th century British upper-middle-class of Jane Austen’s England have nothing on the ultra-Orthodox Jewish clans of the modern era. For them,…

Film Review: Before Midnight

Before Midnight | Director Richard Linklater | Score: 7.5 I was a callow twenty-something in my second year of grad school when , the first film of this wandering couple trilogy began back in 1995. I remember seeing it somewhere…

Film Review: What Maisie Knew

What Maisie Knew | Directors Scott McGehee & David Siegel | Score: 6.7 Some timeless literary works are, in fact, not so timeless. And they can be extremely difficult to re-imagine for a modern world (the scandalous events of The…

Film: Kon Tiki

Kon Tiki | Directors Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg | Score: 6.8 It’s become increasingly apparent that reality shows have spoiled our sense of true adventure. Watching gaggles of idiotic D-list celebrities and aspiring wanna-be’s parading about on remote islands…

Film: At Any Price

At Any Price | Director Ramin Bahrani | Score: 4.7 If you see wide swaths of cornstalks in a Hollywood movie, chances are you’re either watching yet another Superman reboot (Man of Steel opens June 14!), or you’re seeing farmland…

Film: To The Wonder

To The Wonder | Director Terrence Malick | Score: 4.0 It seems as if no filmmaker in history has spent more time in the woods than Terrence Malick. His films evoke the crosscurrent of nature and its interaction with mankind…

Movie Review: Jurassic Park 3D

Jurassic Park: 3D | Director Steven Spielberg | Score: 4.9 As odious as the concept might be to film purists, it’s very difficult not to compare Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film to his previous monster masterwork, Jaws, from 1975. Difficult because…

Movie Review: The Sapphires

The Sapphires | Director Wayne Blair | Score: 5.5 If movies about music and musicians can be said to have one particular recurring trope, it’s that they far too often require the soundtrack to power them through every obstacle in…

Film Review: Beyond the Hills

Beyond the Hills | Directoy Cristian Mungiu | Score: 8.5 Filmgoers lucky enough to have seen the brilliant 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days might well have wondered about the film’s out-of-nowhere wunderkind Romanian writer/director Cristian Mungiu, and just…