All the Pretty Horses (2000)

[This review was first published at the original Looking Closer website in December 2000.]-What a shame.All the Pretty Horses, director Billy Bob Thornton's adaptation of the great Cormac McCarthy novel, must have been a marvelous film.But this is not that film.This feature-length montage of scenes from Thornton's as-yet-unreleased movie has breathtaking cinematography, reminiscent of the wild and beautiful natural world captured in Terrence Malick's films. Its performances, … [Read more...]

The Ladykillers (2004)

Jeffrey's review of The Ladykillers was originally published at Christianity Today on March 26, 2004.-This is not the first time moviegoers have seen Tom Hanks secretly tunnel through the earth beneath a stranger's house.In 1989'sThe 'Burbs, a subversive comedy  by Joe Dante about eccentric criminals in a friendly suburban neighborhood, Hanks dug his way right into an explosion that rocked the neighborhood. It happens again here, in The Ladykillers — which happens to be a subversive c … [Read more...]

Todd Komarnicki: Producer, Director, Writer—and Believer

My interview with Todd Komarnicki, the producer of the holiday-season comedy Elf (starring Will Ferrell), was published at Christianity Today on November 11, 2003. … [Read more...]


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