Stone (2010)

My thoughts on John Curran's film Stone are up at Image's blog, Good Letters.  … [Read more...]

Conviction (2010)

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If you don't like Conviction, you're going to seem sub-human, heartless, devoid of any decency. But that's not your fault. It's the movie's.Or better... it's the movies. How many times have we seen stories just like this?A woman (usually) or a man senses that a great injustice has taken place. So she goes after the truth with everything she's got, determined to right the wrong. She hangs on like a pit bull and won't let go until the bad guys cry "We surrender!" All she has to do is find … [Read more...]

Let Me In (2010) – or, Let the Right Version In.

Okay, this Halloween's vampire movie, Let Me In, is very well made. Much better than anything I would expect from the director of Cloverfield. Cinematic, patient, thoughtful, well-acted.But that doesn't excuse it. ... … [Read more...]

The Social Network (2010)

I've shared some thoughts on David Fincher's film The Social Network, and they're published at Good Letters, the daily blog of Image. … [Read more...]

Winter’s Bone (2010)

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This review was originally published at Good Letters, a blog hosted by Image, in September 2010.•When was the last time you saw a big-screen hero kill, gut, and cook a squirrel?Be prepared for that if you see Winter’s Bone. I wasn’t. … [Read more...]

The Illusionist (2010) – a guest review by Kenneth Morefield

I'm grateful for this guest review submitted by Kenneth Morefield from the Toronto International Film Festival. Morefield has generously contributed reviews to this site from previous festivals, and I'm glad he thought of including LookingCloser.org in his coverage.Here, he writes about one of the films I'm eager to see for myself: The Illusionist... … [Read more...]

Winter’s Bone (2010)

My review of Winter's Bone is up at ImageJournal.org, in their daily blog called Good Letters. … [Read more...]

L’Enfant (2006)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today.-Having released four masterpieces consecutively, a feat that few filmmakers in the history of cinema could claim to match, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne have a great deal to teach moviemakers and audiences alike.Their latest, L'Enfant (The Child), is a perfect example of their strengths, not just in its craft, but in its profoundly spiritual storytelling. Here are just a few of its virtues:It's a story about conscience, … [Read more...]

L’Enfant (2005)

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[This review was originally published at Christianity Today.]-Having released four masterpieces consecutively, a feat that few filmmakers in the history of cinema could claim to match, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne have a great deal to teach moviemakers and audiences alike.Their latest, L'Enfant (The Child), is a perfect example of their strengths, not just in its craft, but in its profoundly spiritual storytelling. Here are just a few of its virtues:It's a story about … [Read more...]

The Secret of Kells (2010)

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[This is an expanded version of a feature that was first published in two parts at Good Letters, the blog hosted by Image journal.]•Have you ever seen The Book of Kells? I mean, really seen it with your own eyes?I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more breathtaking work of art. Photographs can’t capture the way light plays across the vibrant, reflective ink. Nineteen years ago I stood in Dublin’s Trinity College and leaned over a glass shield to study a couple of those exquisitely inked pag … [Read more...]


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