Another Year (2011)

My thoughts on Another Year — and its commonalities with the film Win Win — are up at Image. … [Read more...]

Jane Eyre (2011)

My review of Jane Eyre, the 2011 film by Cary Fukanaga, is posted on the Good Letters blog at Image. … [Read more...]

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

Some of my thoughts on The Adjustment Bureau are posted at Image. … [Read more...]

Waste Land (2010)


This review was originally published at Good Letters, the blog hosted by Image, in December 2010.•In Rio de Janiero, there’s a saying that even Jesus turns his back on the poor.In a way it’s true. Early in Lucy Walker’s documentary Waste Land, a helicopter carries us around Christ the Redeemer, a white statue towering over Rio, arms outstretched embracing the wealthy of Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. Behind it, we descend into the world’s largest landfill—Jardim Gramacho. … [Read more...]

The Fighter (2010)

My review of The Fighter, a film by David O. Russell, is published at Good Letters, the blog posted daily by Image journal. … [Read more...]

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

My review is published at Image's blog, Good Letters. … [Read more...]

Black Swan (2010)

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[This review was originally published at Filmwell.]By now we know that the words "A Darren Aronofsky Film" promise us a fever dream, an intense psychological thriller, a discomforting but enthralling experience.We also know that we’re likely to see very good actors deliver performances so maniacal that veins will bulge and pulse across their temples and throats, as if they're androids plugged into more voltage than they can survive. And we'll be confounded by surreal visions  — a man digg … [Read more...]

Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2010)

My review of Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen is published on the site for Seattle Pacific University's Response magazine. … [Read more...]

Waste Land (2010)

My review of Waste Land, one of the most inspiring films I've seen this year, is up at Image. … [Read more...]

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

[November 2010 Update: It's been almost a decade since we turned the page on our calendars to 2001. And yet, Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, still feels prophetic. So I'm digging up my review of that re-release and posting it again, and I'll include this - an article that appeared just today on Kottke called "Kubrick Explains 2001."] -(Warning: This review is offered with the assumption that readers have seen this film. No attempt has been made to avoid plot … [Read more...]