Looking Closer at Lucy

Lucy movie

"I have a confession to make," said a former professor of mine when we sat down to talk over lunch.He looked genuinely troubled."Okay," I said, a bit anxious, stirring the ice cubes in my tea.He ran his fingers through his hair until it stood up straight. He glowered down at the shrimp in his stir fry. He sighed and said..."I went and and saw Lucy." … [Read more...]

Overstreet’s Favorite Films of 2014 — So Far

faves of 2014 so far

What are your top five favorite films of the year so far?Most reviewers post their "Best of 2014 So Far" lists at the end of June, because that's the year's halfway point. But since a lot of films that qualify as 2014 films for American moviegoers because they opened in New York and L.A. in December won't be accessible elsewhere until January, February, or even March in other major cities, so, well... I figured I'd wait until the end of July to mark a more accurate cinema-year halfway … [Read more...]

Boyhood (2014): A Three-Part Response


Here's a three-part post on Richard Linklater's movie Boyhood:1) In which I interview my 7-year-old self, my 14-year-old self, and my 20-year-old self... and it turns into a tense and uncomfortable conversation about our differing perspectives.2) Some reflections on just how meaningful this movie can be for us right now.3) What some of my favorite film reviewers are saying about Boyhood.  … [Read more...]

Back to the Budapest Hotel: Second Impressions

Film Review The Grand Budapest Hotel

Under the cover of night, Monsieur Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) escapes from prison and finds that "The Divine Zero" (Tony Revolori) has dutifully arrived to rescue him... … [Read more...]

Overheard at the Movies: Persecuted, Noah, Wish I Was Here, Life Itself, I Origins, and A Most Wanted Man

most wanted man

Does the film about Roger Ebert get a "thumbs up" at Christianity Today? Is Persecuted an "overwrought, alarmist cog in the paranoia machine"? Is Noah "laughable and silly"? Does Wish I Was Here peddle "mushy feel-goodisms"? And how is Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Most Wanted Man?My own movie-reviewing work has slowed down this month due to the fact that I'm busy earning my MFA. (I am, however, prepping my review of Boyhood.) But I'm listening to the chatter about all kinds of films, and I'm … [Read more...]

Trailer Mix: Which Trailer Works for You?


Okay, moviegoers... today's questions are: Which trailer is most effective? Which one makes you say, "I'm going to see that!" And why? … [Read more...]

Looking Closer at Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Movie Reviewer so busy! Movie Reviewer scrambling to keep up with interesting movies this summer. Movie Reviewer not have time yet for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.But Movie Reviewer reading lots of interesting reviews from respectable critics... … [Read more...]

Overheard at the Movies: Magic in the Moonlight, The Insider, Planes: Fire & Rescue, Mood Indigo

Magic in the Moonlight

Here are clips from a few intriguing things I've overheard at the movies this week, regarding Woody Allen's new movie; my favorite Michael Mann film; Disney's latest talking-vehicle adventure; and the latest fantasy from Eternal Sunshine's Michel Gondry... … [Read more...]

The Prince of Egypt Returns…


Didja hear? Disney's asked the writer of Transformers to pen the script for a live-action version of... Dumbo. Seems to be the thing to do now: Turn animated classics into live-action versions that nobody wants.Along the same lines, remember Dreamworks' animated epic The Prince of Egypt? Well... doesn't this look an awful lot a live-action version of that? (Here's a better high-rez version of  the trailer.)Yes, Ridley Scott — director of Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Kingdom … [Read more...]

Summer Reading Bargain: Auralia’s Colors is Less Than $5 at Amazon


Are you ready to go back... to the Expanse?Do you remember the colorless city called House Abascar?Do you recall the mischievous artist who emerged from the woods, revealing colors no one had ever seen before?Did you glimpse that shadowy behemoth that lives beneath the surface of Deep Lake? … [Read more...]