Tag: Film Review

Deadfall a Movie Review

Deadfall | Director Stefan Ruzowitzky | Score: 4.2 The snow swirls and the body count rises in Stefan Ruzowitzky’s lurid potboiler, but there’s nothing you haven’t seen before — only better written and more cleverly presented elsewhere. Imagine a distillation…

Movie Review: Killing Them Softly

Killing Them Softly | Director Andrew Dominik | Score: 7.4 To begin with, let’s just put our subjective proclivities out on the table: Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was, in this critic’s estimation,…

Film Review: Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina | Director Joe Wright | Score: 5.8 “All the world’s a stage,” a famous British playwright once wrote, and it appears another, somewhat more contemporary, famous British playwright has taken the words to heart. In Tom Stoppard’s adaptation…

Film Review: Lincoln

Lincoln | Director Steven Spielberg | Score: 7.4 Despite the weighty heft of the film’s title, I’m happy to report this isn’t some glossed-over Hollywood bio-pic with shots of a heroic president scanning a raw battlefield with swelling music behind…

Film: This Must Be the Place

This Must Be the Place | Director Paolo Sorrentino | Score: 4.4 Cheyenne (Sean Penn) is a broken-down Raggedy Ann former rock star, with a penchant for red lipstick and a jet-black mane of Robert Smith hair. He leaves his…

Film Review: Skyfall

Skyfall | Director Sam Mendes | Score: 6.3 A few years ago, Bond, who now celebrates five cinematic decades of loyal service to the Queen, had really started to feel his age. It’s not just the constant pressure, international intrigue,…

Film: V/H/S

V/H/S  | Dir. Various | Score: 6.2 As far as low-budget, whacked out experimental horror films go, this offbeat collection of shorts hangs together reasonably well. Especially, if you like your footage found and grainy, your women fiercely attractive and…

Flick Review: Looper

Looper | Director Rian Johnson | Score: 6.6 The initial impulse behind time travel flicks often starts with a perfectly reasonable and noble intention — let’s say like baking a simple Kaiser roll — but quickly enough the complexity and…

Film Review: End of Watch

End of Watch | Director David Ayer | Score: 6.4 The found-footage phenomenon has its roots in breaking a central tenet of modern filmmaking: the distance between the protagonists and the audience. By removing the ‘artifice’ of a director’s camera,…

Film Review: Cosmopolis

Cosmopolis | Director David Cronenberg | Score: 6.3 There are those that would view the pairing of the coldly intellectual filmmaker David Cronenberg with the coldly intellectual novelist Don Delilio as a blend of both strychnine and arsenic — death…