Life Itself (dir. Steve James, USA, 2014)

Roger Ebert (1942-2013) exemplified the best traits of a film critic. For over forty years, he excelled as a populist communicator unafraid to expose his audience to novel cinematic works.  I am grateful for the thousands of reviews that contribute to his literary legacy, but how I would’ve loved to attend one of his 5-hour frame-by-frame [Read More...]

What If: Or, The Boy Who Loved

When it comes to the romantic comedy genre, there’s not much to break away from. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl in the end. In fact, by definition, romantic comedies are the most predictable movies because you’re almost guaranteed the ending. The viewing pleasure is not in the uncertainty but in the [Read More...]

Particle Fever (dir. Mark Levinson, USA, 2013)

Who would’ve thought a film about subatomic physics could be so stirring and virtuous? Particle Fever surpassed my expectations as the best new documentary I’ve seen this year. [Read more...]

Begin Again (dir. John Carney, USA, 2013)

If it sounds like a disastrous mix of clichés, a messy pastiche of Blues Brothers and Partridge Family, Begin Again manages to rise far above it. [Read more...]

The Collapse of the Comic Book Movie

According to reports, Marvel has films mapped out to 2028. From now until then are at least 11 confirmed films, and rumors of films nearly equal to that. Furthermore, Warner Bros, who owns the rights to DC Comics, also has at least eleven confirmed films in the works to match the enormous success of Marvel. [Read More...]

Review: Funky Soul Gets On Down in James Brown Biopic ‘Get On Up’

‘Get On Up’ is a good flick that makes you feel, rather than tells you about, the groove that ran through the life of James Brown. [Read more...]

Movie Review: Faith and Murder Mix in Gripping, Excellent ‘Calvary’

Why would someone want to kill a good priest? [Read more...]

‘Boyhood’ (2014) – The Start of Something Great

If you’ve heard anything about Boyhood, it’s probably the hype surrounding its groundbreaking 12-year production phase. This is a movie that started filming in 2002, and follows a boy named Mason (played by Ellar Coltrane) as he quite literally grows up before our eyes, with all the change and experiences that growing up entails. The [Read More...]

Review: A Dissenting View on Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’

The very things other people loved were negatives to me. [Read more...]

Review: Zach Braff Grows Up in ‘Wish I Was Here’

The Garden State director delivers a new film about death, family, humor, faith, and love. [Read more...]


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