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...]

The Peeps on Turbo

Turbo poster

There it is again, on the poster for Turbo:  the facial expression that Dreamworks animators love.And here they are again: Film reviewers I tend to trust, saving me money by warning me off of a Dreamworks animated movie. … [Read more...]

Oz the Unfortunate and Underwhelming?

Oz the Great and Powerful

Should I throw myself into the latest Oz tornado? I'm reluctant. And most of the reviewers I trust — even those who are big fans of L. Frank Baum's Oz stories — are frustrated with Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful.If you're looking for guidance, I recommend, above all, Steven Greydanus's review. He writes... … [Read more...]

The Secret World of Arrietty (2010): A Looking Closer Film Forum

A Looking Closer Film Forum is an evolving "conversation" among critics... a "round-table" review of perspectives from critics I regularly consult as I revise my list of viewing priorities. I haven't seen the film yet, but these reviews have intrigued me.Check back from time to time, as I may add more reviews to the list. … [Read more...]

The Grey (2012): A Looking Closer Film Forum

A Looking Closer Film Forum is an evolving “conversation” among critics… a “round-table” review of perspectives from critics I regularly consult as I revise my list of viewing priorities. I haven’t seen the film yet, but these reviews have intrigued me.Check back from time to time, as I may add more reviews to the list.The GreyIt looks like we have the makings of a debate between these first two reviewers. … [Read more...]

The Princess and the Frog (2009): Looking Closer’s Film Forum

I haven't seen The Princess and the Frog yet, but I'm on the lookout for opinions from thoughtful critics. Check back, for I'll post them as I find them.Steven D. Greydanus, National Register:The Princess and the Frog is the first real classic Disney of the 21st century....None of the studio’s cartoons of the last 15 years or so has had both feet firmly in the tradition represented by golden-age masterpieces like Sleeping Beauty and Snow White as well as “silver age” classics like … [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...]

Film Forum: Tropic Thunder, Transsiberian, Star Wars – The Clone Wars

This is collection of reviews that I found interesting and helpful. The collection will be revised as I find more notable assessments online. Feel free to submit more reviews, or even your own, in the comments below.TROPIC THUNDERAnthony Lane - New Yorker: After the dazzle of the early scenes, something droops and flags in Tropic Thunder. ... As a jab at the movie business, Tropic Thunder is flailing and unfocussed, hardly in the league of The Player, and if you want an expos√© of the c … [Read more...]

Film Forum: “Henry Poole is Here”

What a wide range of responses I'm seeing for Henry Poole is Here... … [Read more...]

Film Forum: Brideshead Revisited

Congratulations to my good friend Alissa Wilkinson, who makes her debut as a Christianity Today Movies film critic today with a 3 1/2 - star review for Brideshead Revisited: … [Read more...]


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