The Wolfman (2010)

My thoughts on The Wolfman have been published at Good Letters, the daily blog for Image. … [Read more...]

Police, Adjective (2010)

My review of Police, Adjective is posted at Image. Here's how it starts. … [Read more...]

Gommorah (2009)

Portions of this reviews were previously published at the Image blog Good Letters.-Martin Scorsese was so impressed by Matteo Garrone's film about the Italian mafia, Gommora, that he stamped his name on it to attract a larger American audience.And yet, it’s so very different from any gangster epic that he, Francis Ford Coppola, or any American filmmakers have made. This isn’t a story about how a nobody worked his way up to become a monster, or about some charismatic bad guys who are f … [Read more...]

Letters to Father Jacob (2009) – Guest Reviewer N.W. Douglas

[Note: This review was submitted by N.W Douglas, an undergraduate film student at Simon Fraser University. He's fired up about a film he recently discovered, and his enthusiasm has certainly put the title on my list of films to see in 2009. - Jeffrey]•A guest review by N.W. Douglas.•In the vein of Robert Bresson, Klaus Härö's Letters To Father Jacob is simple and staggering.Leila (Kaarina Hazard), an incarcerated criminal, receives an unexpected early pardon from her life se … [Read more...]

The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

a review by Jeffrey Overstreet • Magnolia Pictures. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Starring Sasha Grey, Chris Santos,Peter Zizzo, Glenn Kenny. Written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien. 77 minutes. Rated R (for sexual content, nudity and language). •No, I can’t say I found it fun to watch a real porn star (Sasha Grey) dramatize an expensive call-girl’s tedious, humiliating, self-destructive work.But I can say I found it, um, "revealing" to watch The Girlfriend Experience — Steven Sod … [Read more...]

Avatar (2009)

This review of Avatar was originally published at Image. Also recommended: Steven Greydanus's review at Decent Films.-If you didn’t have one, you had a friend who did: The Big Toybox.You know the one I mean: A wooden crate like the Ark of the Covenant, full of mystery and revelation. Opened and overturned, it set loose a tidal wave of miscellaneous pieces from a hundred different worlds spilled across the floor. Building blocks, LEGOs, Tinkertoys, adventure sets, action figures, pie … [Read more...]

Up in the Air (2009) – Looking Closer’s Film Forum

I'm not allowed to post my review of this film before its release date, due to studio policies.So I'll wait. In the meantime, here are some reviews that have been online for a while now...1. Amiable and innocuous, Up in the Air offers a disingenuously smooth flight over choppy waters and rugged terrain. ... Up in the Air is neither funny enough to be a straight comedy nor serious enough to be a telling drama about the human toll wrought by economic crisis. Instead, the film is merely a … [Read more...]

A Serious Man (2009)

This review was originally published at Good Letters, the blog hosted by Image.-There’s an envelope full of cash on Larry Gopnik’s desk.He didn’t put it there. But he can guess who did. A student in Larry’s physics class has been begging him for a good grade. This money looks like a bribe. Nevertheless, when Larry goes seeking a confession, he’s given a confounding answer....“Accept the mystery!”Larry is a play-by-the-rules kind of guy. He cares about precise measurements; he … [Read more...]

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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2009 UPDATE: It's been more than five years since I wrote this review of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and my appreciation for this film has only deepened since then. It went on to become quite an important film to many of my colleagues, so important, in fact, that when the team of a dozen or so film critics at Christianity Today voted on the films that were most important to them in 2004, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind took the #1 spot on the list. Remarkable, considering how … [Read more...]

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

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This review was originally published at the Image blog, Good Letters.-By the time Max shouted “Let the wild rumpus start!” on opening day ofWhere the Wild Things Are, a rumpus was already raging among the film’s critics.Reviewers have been roaring and beating their chests in debate. Were director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Dave Eggers faithful enough to author Maurice Sendak’s lavishly illustrated pages? Should they be treated like kings? Or sent to their rooms without dinner? … [Read more...]


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