The End of the Affair (1999)

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[This review was first published at the original Looking Closer website in 1999.] - The End of the Affair takes us back to London in wartime. There, we're told a story in which the echoes of air raid bombings leave scars on history and hearts. At first, it might sound like the tale of a simple love triangle: The wealthy and beautiful Sarah Miles (Julianne Moore) betrays her boring husband Henry (Stephen Rea) and begins a passionate affair with an obnoxious novelist named Maurice Bendrix … [Read more...]

Galaxy Quest (1999)

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2012 Update: I've just revisited Galaxy Quest and am happy to report that it holds up very well more than a decade later. It has a special place in my heart for its sense of humor, for its remarkable use of Tim Allen (an actor I can rarely tolerate), and for the way it introduced moviegoers to the talents of Sam Rockwell, who has been vital to many impressive films since then. Its special effects look increasingly shoddy, but that seems to suit the spirit and shape of the movie, which shows … [Read more...]

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 … [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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